MyTown Microgrid Heyfield community liaison officer Emma Birchall with local electrician Brenton Stuart

My town wants a local microgrid: where do we start?

There are many communities around Australia, and the world, harbouring ambitions to improve their energy supply, and even run their own mini electricity systems. Wattwatchers co-leads the MyTown Microgrid project in the historic Victorian timber town of Heyfield, a three-year feasibility study now close to reaching its half-way point.

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Noosa strata community ‘making money from sunshine’

Queensland resort strata community shows how residents can win with an elegant community solar solution that more than pays for itself. The vision, about two years in the making, includes making the Noosa Lakes Resort ‘carbon positive’ for energy use. It’s a first-of-its-kind for the Sunshine State, with ‘Wattwatchers inside’.

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Home solar and battery graph

Smart Grid and Smart Home: you’re joking, right?

As the Australian Energy Market Commission (AMEC) travels back to the future in a bid to redirect the floundering competitive roll-out of smart meters in Australia, it continues to amaze how far away Australia is from a genuinely smart, fit-for-purpose 21st century electricity grid.

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‘Flexibility’ for energy has a plain-English meaning too

Do Australia’s electricity industry insiders really want a ‘customer-centric’ future for energy? If they do, they need to fix the language of change as well as the policies and business models. And they need to do it fast, because they’re still struggling to manage the rapid proliferation of rooftop solar… and electric vehicles (EVs) will come on fast!

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