Buildings Behaving Badly: Who Topped the Christmas List?

About one in 10 commercial and office buildings around Australia were ‘lit up like Christmas trees’ running their energy-intensive building systems despite being unoccupied on Christmas Day, says new data from ERM Power, Australia’s second largest commercial and industrial (C&I) energy retailer.i
ERM Power analysed the actual energy consumption data of thousands of business and government sites around Australia that it would normally expect to be shut, to determine how good or bad their energy performance was on the quietest…

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National Energy Guarantee Must Deliver Optimal Mix of Resources

Reliability, sustainability and affordability without major market disruption and cost.
ERM Power has today released its submission, jointly signed by 10 retailers, on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) urging policy makers to get the design right to drive investment in the right resources in the right locations while supporting competition and reducing cost.
The Energy Security Board (ESB) discussion paper opens up the conversation on how to deliver affordable energy, well-placed and well-timed dispatchable resources, such as batteries, demand response and…

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New Generation of Financial Products Launched to Support Renewables

ERM Power, one of the largest participants in the Australian electricity financial markets, has launched an innovative solar risk management product which bridges the gap for renewables developers in a dynamic and changing energy industry.
The solar product is the first of a new generation of financial instruments which respond to the rapidly evolving Australian renewables market. The first trade was finalised within days of the product being released to the market.
ERM Power Executive General Manager Wholesale Markets David Guiver…

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Planning The Key To Managing Energy Prices

Australian businesses are failing to seize the opportunity to take control of their energy consumption, despite the increasing cost of electricity being their most pressing concern, new research from ERM Power shows.
The research, conducted for ERM Power by MCR (Market and Communications Research)* reveals that only four in ten businesses surveyed have in place, or are working on, a formal energy management strategy, and only two in ten have KPIs related to energy or sustainability.
With energy prices forecast to stay…

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ERM Power Urges A Reasoned, Calm Approach To Finkel Report

ERM Power (ASX: EPW) has welcomed the much-anticipated Finkel Report and hopes that for the sake of energy consumers it will provide a pathway which lends certainty to investors and the energy industry.
CEO Jon Stretch said the company would take some time to digest the recommendations in Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel’s report, released today (9 June).
“I would call for a reasoned and calm approach to analysing Dr Finkel’s report,” he said. “We don’t believe anyone should be ruling…

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ERM Power Signs Offtake Agreement For Wind Farm Project In SA

ERM Power (ASX: EPW) has signed two Large-scale Generation Certificate (LGC) offtake agreements with Nexif Energy, supporting construction of the 212MW Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia.
ERM Power Managing Director & CEO Jon Stretch said it was gratifying to support a project which had been a long time in development and which delivered new renewable sources of energy in Australia.
“We’re helping deliver new wind and solar energy into the system like this Nexif Energy wind project due to…

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ERM Power Announces Renewables Offtake Agreements

ERM Power today announced it has reached agreement on commercial terms that will underpin the construction of two renewable energy generation assets in Australia. The two facilities will have a combined capacity of more than 300MW.
The foundation contracts for the purchase of Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) have been the subject of negotiation with developers since mid-2016 and will commence in 2018. Project details remain commercial in confidence until the respective projects reach financial close, and are subject to standard…

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Taking The Heat Out Of Summer Energy Bills

Beenleigh School Program slashes power bills.
As large parts of Australia swelter through the latest heatwave, energy expert ERM Power is urging schools and businesses to consider a number of energy saving initiatives that will help take the sting out of their power bills.
“We know from our many years of working with schools and large commercial and industrial sites that summer is traditionally a very expensive time for them. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions like those we’re seeing this week will…

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Energy Market Uncertainty Signals The Criticality Of Energy Consumption Management

ERM Power CEO Jon Stretch said today that heightened concerns about energy policy, price and security are a timely reminder to businesses that consumption is the only lever available to them to help control spiralling electricity costs.
Mr Stretch said managing energy consumption through demand side management was the cheapest form of carbon abatement but was lost in the debate because of the focus on the supply side of the energy equation.
“The energy sector is characterised by policy, pricing and…

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ERM Power Appoints Executive General Manager Energy Solutions

ERM Power Limited (ASX: EPW) today announced the appointment of Megan Houghton to its executive team, in the newly created role of Executive General Manager Energy Solutions.
Ms Houghton, a former Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year, joins ERM Power from her role as Director-General for the Queensland Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.
Ms Houghton is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in consulting, energy and water utilities. She has previously held senior…

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Ask the Right Questions to Get the Best Energy Deal

Considering switching business energy providers? A word to the wise: lock in the best possible terms by thinking green and assuming nothing.
Having dealt with soaring energy costs for years, organisations are becoming savvy. They know they can save significantly if they negotiate wholesale energy prices with retailers. What many don’t realise is that’s not the only way you can control what you pay for energy.

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“While network tariffs are fixed costs that stay the same no…

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Lessons in Energy Efficiency Bring Immediate Savings

At a time when power costs are soaring in most schools, a Queensland high school has bucked the trend reducing its electricity cost per student by over 13% when this cost was growing on average by 18% in other schools..
Concerned by the rate electricity consumption and demand was climbing in schools and the upward pressure this was putting on operating budgets, the Queensland Department of Education and Training engaged with the Energy Solutions team at ERM Power to see…

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Helping Small Business Cut Electricity Bills

ERM Power Limited (ASX: EPW) is on a mission to reduce electricity “bill shock” by helping small business owners more efficiently manage their electricity costs.
ERM Power Executive General Manager Business Energy Steve Rogers said small businesses were often faced with the challenge of juggling their expenses with their cash flow, and the cost of electricity was often a shock when the bill arrived.
Mr Rogers said that although the cost of electricity was often a large part of businesses’ overall…

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ERM Power Retains Major NSW Government Electricity Contract

ERM Power (ASX: EPW) has successfully extended its electricity sales contract valued at more than $30 million with the New South Wales Government.
The contract covers government departments and agencies across more than 10,000 sites, including emergency services centres, medical facilities and schools.
ERM Power has held this NSW Government contract since July 2013 and has retained the contract for a further 12 months through a review and extension process.
Managing Director and CEO Jon Stretch said winning and retaining this contract…

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