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The movement for Intelligent energy efficiency

This has special relevance in Australia where customers are witnessing a marked fall in the cost of technologies such as solar PV, as well as being subjected to rising electricity prices, a situation exacerbated by the utilities’ push for time-of-use pricing.

Intelligent efficiency could have a dramatic impact on the demand outlook for Australian utilities, and the sort of new generation needed in coming decades, plus whether or not the tens of billions of dollars being spent on transmission and distribution networks is money well spent.

Industry awaits dawn of federal solar project, BY  GILES PARKINSON   The Australian June 08, 2012 “……..Smart thinking HERE’S a new concept in reducing energy consumption: intelligent efficiency. Essentially it refers to a movement beyond energy-efficient light bulbs and other savings devices to a systems-based approach that combines the benefits of a suite of new technologies such as smart meters, renewables such as solar PV and electric vehicles.

Energy experts are excited about it because they expect it could
replace nearly a quarter of current energy consumption, and cite it as
a further example of how a combination of new technologies linked
through smart devices and communications threaten to cause a
revolution in the global energy industry and will force utilities to
address a growing reality that, despite all their previous forecasts,
demand for their product is falling.

This has special relevance in Australia where customers are witnessing a marked fall in the cost of technologies such as solar PV, as well as being subjected to rising electricity prices, a situation exacerbated by the utilities’ push for time-of-use pricing.

That, in turn, is pushing savvy consumers to consider alternatives
combining solar PV with battery storage, or other technologies that
can reduce peak consumption.

Eventually, it will incorporate electric vehicles. Smart homes will
follow in the footsteps of six-star, smart buildings.

Intelligent efficiency could have a dramatic impact on the demand outlook for Australian utilities, and the sort of new generation needed in coming decades, plus whether or not the tens of billions of dollars being spent on transmission and distribution networks is money well spent.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a report
this week that describes “intelligent efficiency” as a series of
complex systems (such as entire cities, transportation systems and
other networks) rather than individual devices such as EVs or energy
efficient fridges.

It says these system efficiency opportunities produce energy savings
that dwarf component-based efficiency improvements by an order of
magnitude….. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/industry-awaits-dawn-of-federal-solar-project/story-e6frg9if-1226388097007

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June 8, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, efficiency

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