Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Environmentality 3 October 2012

Dear Environmentality Listeners,

Smokey, Jaime and Sarah hosted the show with guests Robyn, Editor from Renew Magazine and Scott Parker, General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Marketing from Jemena.

Renew Magazine is a quarterly publication that features articles on renewable energy technology and fuels, DIY projects and sustainable building.   Renew have a new editor, Robyn, who shared with listeners an overview of the current issue.

The articles covered in the October -December 2012 issue include energy efficiency, the future of energy generation companies, grid interactive wind turbines, choosing regulators for independent power systems, future technology in sustainability and  a renewable energy courses guide.  Find out more on their website and obtain a subscription:  http://renew.org.au

Further along in the show Scott Parker from Jemena talked about the introduction of voluntary flexible pricing in Victoria.  The smart meter roll out means that customers are able to reduce their electricity bills through taking more control of their usage.

Customers using flexible pricing will be able to shift using their appliances from peak times, to off peak times.  For example, customer would be able to save in electricity costs by using their washing machines on the weekends or at night as opposed to weekdays.

Jemena has an electricity outlook portal which means customers can compare different electricity retailers to obtain the best prices, monitor electricity usage, set electricity usage targets and install a device to get information about 'real time' electricity usage.

As Smokey commented, this is ultimately good news as with better management of electricity usage by customers, the demand curve will be flattened making electricity generation more efficient.  Information can be obtained here: https://electricityoutlook.jemena.com.au/

Find out more about topics discussed on show by listening to the podcast.  Some excellent tunes were played:
Astrid Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema
Daniel Johnston & Yo La Tengo - Speeding Motorcycle
Feist - Gatekeeper

Listen to the show!

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