Energex Energy Tariff Rates for 2015-2016 released

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Uncertainty about what the Energy Tariff rates for electricity would be for the Energex distribution area of South East Queensland has been resolved recently with the Australian Energy Regulator approving Energex’s amended pricing proposal. You can find the proposal here Public-Pricing-Proposal-2015-16-V1.1 The tariff prices are on page 33. For business customers the most noticeable changes are a reduction in the fixed … Read More

Two changes affecting Electricity Cost in Queensland

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Queensland Electricity regulations changed in September 2014 In a move to harmonize Queensland Electricity regulation with the National system, a number of changes are in the wings. Currently Queensland’s electricity prices are regulated under the Electricity Act 1994 (Qld)  and are set by price determinations made by the Queensland Competition Authority. However in September of 2014 the Electricity Competition and Protection Legislation … Read More

Evaluating Solar Proposals made simple

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How to evaluate a Solar PV proposal that has been presented to you. So you are operating a business with sufficient roof space that there is a stream of Solar PV installers wanting to present a PV project to you, but how do you evaluate their proposal. I have seen a number of proposals that have been presented to clients and … Read More

How to avoid large fines when sub billing and on selling electricity

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National Measurement Act and financial penalties for electricity meters (utility) If you currently do or plan to on sell electricity this article will provide you with a starter check-list to avoid financial penalties, damage to your reputation and strained relationships with your tenants.  With significant financial penalties ranging from $6,800 to $34,000 per offence, compliance with the National Measurement Act’s strict requirements … Read More

Calculating the return on Power Factor Correction

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Return on Power Factor Correction

Is there a Business case for Power Factor Correction? With all the activity in Queensland in the provision of Power Factor Correction equipment over the last 12 months you would think it must have been a no-brainer that it was worth doing. Yes there have been subsidies offered to eligible businesses and that still does not mean that there is a clear … Read More

What Is Power Factor? A Definitive Guide For Everyone

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What is power factor? Poor power factor costs money so it’s worth knowing what it is and what can be done to reduce your costs. This article will show you that behind all the jargon power factor is a simple concept anyone can understand. Power factor is basically a measure of how effectively you are using the available capacity of … Read More

Electrical Safety Office Recalls & How To Be Safe

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electrical safety office recall

Electrical Safety Office recalls The Electrical Safety Office will require an importer to issue a recall if a product is found to be unsafe or does not meet Australian standards. Putting aside the obvious dangers for customers, the consequences for the businesses involved can also be catastrophic. There has been some noise in the media of late about electrical recalls … Read More

What is an EMS anyway?

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EMS

While EMS is a three letter acronym with many meanings, for hExeis and our clients it is an Energy Management System. What is an Energy Management System? ‘Manage’ stands at the center of EMS and at the most basic level we all know that before you can manage something, you need to be able to measure it. So the first … Read More

Pattern Approval of Electricity Meters Update March 2014

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Pattern Approval

Pattern Approval of Electricity Meters, March 2014 update Ending a six plus month process, the Australian Government National Measurement Institute has published its response and decisions from the consultation entitled “Proposed Amendments to the Pattern Approval of Electricity Meters”, July 2013. Finally, with certainty of the regulatory requirements in Australia manufacturers, importers, designers and users of electricity meters used for trade can … Read More