What is Power Factor and Why does it Matter?

  In recent years, many networks have changed the way that they charge for Demand and Capacity.  Your network tariff has changed the Demand component from being charged on the basis of kW, to being charged on the basis of kVa.  This means that if you have poor Power Factor, your electricity costs are higher than they… more

Purification and Treatment of HVAC

With COVID-19 not looking like going anywhere, we have been asked about the availability of HVAC treatment systems to minimise the risks of exposure in Corporate, Hospitality and Retail Environments.  We have been looking at an air purification system for HVAC, it sits in the ducts to filter and sanitise, and can be programmed to sterilise areas… more

Electricity Market Update

Pricing over recent months has been extremely low, with retail pricing dropping by over 40% from January highs.  These reductions have been in part due to previously unavailable generation assets coming back on-line, but largely due to reduced demand from COVID-19 shutdowns and non-essential business closures. The traditional “winter spike” in demand has largely been insignificant so… more

Strange Charges in SA?

Do you have a site in South Australia?  Received an invoice with some strange Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) charges on it that are astronomically high? These charges are Frequency Control Ancillary Charges (FCAS) and are applied by AEMO due to extraordinary network events that caused significant additional costs in supplying power.  Whilst there have been a… more

Electricity Cost relief

Has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 “lockdowns”?  Let’s be serious, unless you are a bank, everyone has been impacted. It is still a moving feast, but there are a range of relief programs starting to be announced.  Most retailers are not offering anything beyond standard Payment Plans and Hardship Provisions, but some are offering “blend… more

Make your equipment work smarter, not harder

Simply described, air conditioning and refrigeration operates on the basis of using compressed gases to cool a condenser coil that is used to make the spaces cooler.  Unfortunately, these condenser coils are normally located outdoors, operating in temperatures often exceeding 35 degrees or more.  The problem is, most air conditioning and refrigeration systems are not designed to… more

Stung by Summer Demand?

How did your load profile look over the December and January extreme weather conditions?  If you don’t know you really need to talk to us.  Like most, your demand and capacity charges probably increased due to higher demand for air conditioning.  If you are really unlucky your network sets your capacity charges for the next 12 months… more

Coronavirus Impacts to Business?

I recently discovered that on the Gold Coast alone, there were 22,000 less people visiting than normal last week, this was largely attributed to travel concerns and restrictions due to the Coronavirus.  On discussing with many other customers, it is apparent that this trend prevails in all industries that rely on tourism and travel, and ancillary services…. more

Electricity Market Update

As expected, pricing is currently very high due to the Summer Demand conditions.  This has been exacerbated materially due to the impact of bushfires with the interconnect between NSW and VIC disconnected due to damage, and major damage to the Transmission Network impacting the ability to deliver power from Generators such as Snowy Hydro.  These are not… more