LIsarow High School

Lisarow High School – NSW Schools Energy Productivity Program

The NSW Schools Energy Productivity Program (SEPP) is an initiative developed by the NSW public school sector.
The program was designed to:

demonstrate the benefits of energy productivity improvements and renewables
accelerate the adoption of renewable energy for NSW public schools
provide an engagement and implementation strategy for the NSW public schools sector to implement renewable energy and energy productivity over a 5-to-10-year period.

ERM Power was engaged by Schools Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) in the $1M pilot program which was co-funded by the ARENA…

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The GPT Group Energy Masterplan – A pathway to net zero carbon emissions

In 2018, The GPT Group engaged ERM Power to help them develop a strategy for achieving net zero carbon emissions for the GPT Wholesale Office Fund by 2020.
“GPT aims to be a zero-carbon company by 2030 but our wholesale office fund will have its building’s being zero carbon by 2020,” says Steve Ford, Head of Sustainability at GPT. “It is a very bold target, but it is one that we know we can do.”
Nick Jones, Head of Strategic Clients…

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ERM Power’s commitment to diversity recognised

ERM Power is proud to have been named a finalist in the Employer of Choice Corporate Award category at this year’s annual Women in Technology Awards.
The awards will be presented at a Gala dinner on 30 August in Brisbane.
Women in Technology is one of Queensland’s most respected and active technology industry associations. The wide range of awards recognise women at varying stages of their career, and companies who are making exceptional advances in diversity and supporting women.
ERM Power Executive…

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ERM Power win major contract to make 327 schools more energy efficient

ERM Power has been awarded a major Queensland Government contract to deliver energy efficiency measures in state schools.
The Queensland Government announced today that Brisbane-based ERM Power has been awarded two operational regions – Metropolitan and Darling Downs South West – as part of its $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) project.
State schools are one of the Queensland Government’s highest energy users. The Queensland Government’s ACES program intends to achieve up to 20% energy cost savings across 872 state…

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Who pays for Unaccounted For Energy? AEMC introduces a quiet and costly change

Unaccounted For Energy (UFE)
Not all energy consumed is currently accounted for by electricity meters. The difference between the amount of energy being drawn into a distribution zone and how much is picked up on the meters as being used by end customers after technical loss factors are applied is known as unaccounted for energy (UFE) and its causes are numerous. Inaccurate metering, unmetered loads, electricity theft and errors in estimations for loads (such as street lights) mean cost distribution…

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Regulatory Changes Incentivise Customers to Participate in Demand Response

With new guidelines progressively emerging under the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO) framework, the potential benefits to customers of participating in demand response activities are becoming clear.
Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO)
Following the introduction of the RRO on 1 July, retailers and other large energy users are now required to actively participate in efforts to facilitate reliability of power supply to the National Electricity Market (NEM). The RRO was introduced in response to concerns of supply shortfalls over the coming decade. It also…

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What is Demand Response?

ERM Power runs a Demand Response program that rewards your organisation for reducing the amount of electricity it takes from the grid during very high usage periods. Your organisation will be on call, and paid to turn off machinery or appliances, or switch to on-site generators for a period of time during these ‘events’.
We’ll tell you when we’d like your organisation to participate, either by SMS or email, and you can decide whether it’s suitable to participate. Alternatively, we…

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Quarterly Wholesale Market Update: April – June 2019

ERM Power is excited to share our new Quarterly Wholesale Market Update for April – June 2019.
Our Market Update provides a quarterly summary of wholesale market activity to help you keep up to date with what is happening in the industry.
April – June 2019 Wholesale Market Update
This quarter, Executive General Manager Trading, David Guiver talks about the renewable energy target, looks at the solar and wind generation coming into the market and discusses the electricity market components and the…

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ERM Power announces investment in Alliance Automation

Energy retailer and energy solutions provider ERM Power today announced an investment that unlocks greater ability for commercial and industrial businesses to improve energy productivity through the acquisition of 50% of industrial automation and electrical engineering company Alliance Automation for $8.1m.
Alliance Automation is one of the largest independent electrical engineering and automation solution providers in Australia, with a team of more than 190 people and offices in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Alliance Automation was founded in…

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Smart Advice to Secure the Best Energy Deal for Big Business

Smart Advice to Secure the Best Energy Deal for Big Business

Are you a large business considering switching business energy providers or hunting for the best energy deal? A word to the wise: lock in the best possible terms by thinking green and assuming nothing.
Having dealt with soaring energy costs, big businesses are becoming more savvy when it comes to energy. They know they can save significantly if they negotiate energy prices with retailers. But what many don’t realise is that’s not the only way you can control what you…

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ERM Staff Conducting Network Tariff Reviews

Network Tariff Reviews reveal $3.5 million in potential savings for customers

ERM Power has completed the latest round of customer network tariff reviews and Steve Rogers, Executive General Manager Energy Retail, is urging customers to check their inboxes for potential savings.
Network charges (tariffs) make up a significant portion (approximately 33%) of a large customer’s total energy bill. It’s important customers regularly check the tariff structure is right for their business.
Potential savings on the table
“In this round of network tariff reviews, we’ve identified $3.5m worth of savings for our large customers….

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Foamex Case Study

Foamex is an Australian owned and operated company which has been supplying polystyrene products to commercial and residential customers since 1982.
As a leading polystyrene manufacturer, Foamex’s processes are energy intensive and the company is continually looking for ways to hedge against energy price volatility, strengthen their position in the market and ultimately secure their long-term profitability and survival.
Foamex has invested in energy efficiency projects before and were looking to uncover further innovative, energy productivity options.

In September 2018, Foamex engaged…

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Retailer Reliability Obligation

The Retailer Reliability Obligation

After more than a year of consultation, the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO) is set to formally take effect from 1 July 2019.
In response to predictions of energy supply shortfalls in Australia over the next ten years, the Energy Security Board (ESB) has been working to deliver a mechanism that ensures a reliable supply through the RRO framework. Originally conceived as part of the National Energy Guarantee, the RRO will impose new requirements on retailers and other large users to…

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ERM Power launches Corporate PPA offering

ERM Power is proud to have launched a new Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) product to enable easier access to renewable energy sources for commercial and industrial customers.
According to David Guiver, ERM’s Executive General Manager Trading, the new product allows commercial and industrial businesses to buy a partial interest in the output of a large renewable power station in order to support their business and environmental energy objectives.
“Working through ERM Power, businesses can enjoy the benefits of a…

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Managing energy spend in a volatile market

With energy market volatility likely to continue, when you agree your contract rates can make a significant difference to your costs.
ERM Power’s STEP Online product is designed to help larger businesses (those using >5000 MWh per year, in at least one State) manage timing risk and their exposure to market volatility.
Instead of agreeing to all prices up front at the time of contracting, STEP Online allows customers to choose prices for parcels as small as 5% on a quarterly…

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