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The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup - March 2020

31 March 2020

Here’s our energy efficiency news roundup for March 2020.


Cost savings of energy efficient buildings not lost on Adelaide tenants

South Australia has seen some of the highest energy prices in the country in the last few years, even making it onto the list of the world’s top 10 highest electricity prices in 2018, above other eastern states New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Cognisant of the cost of doing business, energy efficiency has been a talking point for Adelaide tenants over the past few years.

This is promising for new buildings going in with strong environmental credentials, such as 120 Frome Street in development by South Australian-based Latner Property, designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating.

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Energy saving home loan uses government scorecard 

The Andrews Labor Government program that is helping people save money on their power bills can now be used to save money on a home loan.

The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard is an Australian-first program that provides a star rating and certificate for new and existing homes based on their energy efficiency.

Home loan provider Bank Australia is now offering discount home loans to customers who use the Labor Government’s Scorecard assessment when buying, building or renovating.

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Zero carbon infrastructure the focus of major new Australia study 

A trio of industry and research organisation will collaborate to develop a vision for Australian infrastructure under a zero emissions environment, releasing an issues paper to kick-start industry collaboration.

The issues paper has been released by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), which are all collaborating on the project.

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AEMC set to approve demand response energy trading, but households left out

The Australian Energy Market Commission is set to approve the creation of a wholesale demand response mechanism for large-scale energy users, with the publication of a second draft determination on the rule change as it nears final sign off.

The AEMC expects the introduction of demand response trading will allow the electricity market to evolve into a more flexible market, delivering better outcomes and lower prices for all users.

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Time to apply maximum pressure for better policies on housing energy and water efficiency 

Governments are expected to make key decisions on housing energy performance by the end of 2021 that will determine policy for years to come. Now is the time to strike.

This summer’s heatwaves and bushfires are a reminder of the risks we face as climate change begins to take hold. And they pose an important question that all Australians need to think about – are our homes climate resilient?

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Demand response in a distributed, decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised NEM: much more than “negawatts” 

On March 12 the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published its second draft determination and rule to implement a wholesale demand response mechanism for large customers in the National Electricity Market (NEM). 

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NSW sets out clean energy and energy efficiency plan for 2030, on track to net zero emissions by 2050

The NSW government hopes its Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030, released in mid-March, will cut emissions by about 35% from 2005 levels in 10 years’ time. Over the 10 years it is expected the plan will create 2,400 new jobs in the energy sector and inspire $11.6 billion in investment, two-thirds of it in regional areas. Households can expect to save $40 a year on bills as a result.

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