I am often asked by our customers “how do we make the transition to lower carbon emissions in a way that is appropriate for our business?” In principle, to advance the transition is relatively simple – we start with clear targets and move from there. To answer what is “appropriate” is more challenging as it will be quite subjective considering each business’s unique circumstances. Their journey towards lower carbon emissions may be driven by a desire for cost savings,…read more
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…
Teys is an innovative Australian food business with a strong national supply network and global reach, and more than 70 years’ experience in the beef industry value chain.
One of Teys Australia’s key feedlots in Condamine, on the Western Darling Downs of Queensland, houses 30,000 cattle. The property’s feedlot includes a high-power feed distribution system which was employing a large amount of electricity each day to efficiently mill grain to feed the cattle.
As part of Teys Australia’s commitment to industry…
Gippsland Water was looking to improve control over its energy expenditure in light of predicted rising future costs and an obligation to meet an emissions reduction commitment to the Victorian State Government. The water sector is responsible for 24% of the Government’s annual emissions, making it the largest single sector contributor to its emissions.
On 14th March 2018, the Hon. Lisa Neville, State Minister for Water, issued a “Statement of Obligations (Emission Reduction)” to several Victorian water authorities, requiring them…
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…read more
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…read more
David Guiver, ERM Power’s Executive General Manager of Trading, explains that several key factors are likely to be influencing market increases and general energy price volatility. These are:
1. Predictions of a hot, dry summer ahead
Future weather forecasts can significantly influence energy markets because suppliers look at these predictions closely when hedging energy purchases on the futures market and setting prices.
When the forecast says we’re in for a hot, dry summer, this indicates that businesses and households will use more…
Whether your organisation is wanting to reduce costs, operate more sustainably or generate revenue from existing energy assets, now’s the time to explore your options and take action.
ERM’s General Manager of Sales & Business Development, Martin Becker, says he’s noticed a shift in customer focus towards managing energy volumes and productivity.
This is no surprise given that the the return on investment (ROI) for energy-saving initiatives is so significant. Rising energy prices and decreasing technology costs also means that projects…
If you’re about to green-light an energy efficiency investment, start smart with an energy audit.
An energy audit of your organisation will shine a light on your strengths and weaknesses and help you make better-informed decisions in the future.
According to ERM’s Digital Innovation and Advisory Lead, Pete Tickler, this can save you prematurely pulling the trigger on significant energy efficiency investments that may not be right for your organisation.
A holistic approach
Energy efficiency has so many moving parts and variables that…
RERT operates outside of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and involves contracting large energy users to either use less energy or generate power from their own generators when called upon by AEMO.
Basically, big industrial users like aluminium smelters, steelworks and paper mills are compensated for ‘switching off’ to provide emergency relief if the power network is threatened.
Summer is traditionally the time of year the power network is most stretched. It’s not just high demand, but extreme temperatures and climatic…
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.
More Powerful than you Think
“While network tariffs are fixed costs that stay the same no…
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…