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17 January 2019

Are demand response pilots trying to answer the wrong questions?

by Wayne Pales, General Manager of Technology Strategy at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Director of the Chapel Group

In recent years there have been hundreds of demand response pilots. In places such as California, they have moved beyond pilots and have been scaling out demand response for several years. As a result of these pilots and large-scale programs, we know that if approached in a certain way, demand response works.


Darling River water safety concerns

The Darling River at Burtundy in the Lower Darling Region is under a red alert level warning for blue-green algae growth, due to high temperatures and low river flows.

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Reading between the lines of large-scale data

Detecting leaks, infrastructure planning and accurate billing are the obvious benefits of smart meters and IoT sensors. But if you dive a little deeper into the data, there's a lot more that can be learnt by reading between the lines.
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WIOA 2019 schedule announced

Save the dates - see and hear the latest in the water industry at a WIOA conference in 2019. The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) has announced the 2019 Conference and Exhibition schedule.

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What happens when Clint Eastwood takes a smartphone to a worksite?

Matt Turner – Managing Director of Plant Assessor
For most people, smartphones have become an integral part of our daily routine and we use them for a vast range of personal and business purposes. Industry thought-leader and Managing Director of Plant Assessor, Matt Turner, discusses whether smartphones on high-risk worksites are a positive resource or a significant concern.

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Financing Australia’s biggest solar station

European solar investor, Octopus Investments, and Australian renewable energy company, Edify Energy, will provide over $450 million in finance for what will be Australia’s largest solar power station at Darlington Point in New South Wales.

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Effective planning key to successful sewer renewal

Sewer main renewal can be unglamorous at the best of times, but can prove even tougher when undertaken in a public setting that requires pedestrian access. In situations like these, expertise, effective planning and consultation with stakeholders is critical to project success.

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Pre-sale tickets for Digital Utilities 2019 end this week!

This is your last chance to save up to $1000 off regular ticket prices by joining in the Digital Utilities pre-sale.

Digital Utilities is the must-attend event for Australian utility leaders looking to use digital technologies to accelerate and transform their organisations.

Register your attendance by Friday 18 January to take advantage of the huge pre-sale discount (don’t delay, this offer won't be extended!).

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Extreme weather changes to blame for water main breaks

SA Water’s network has been heavily influenced by climate, with longer periods of hotter and drier weather, as well as erratic changes between seasons, contributing to the number of water mains breaks and leaks in 2018.


New $1.6 million water main supports local growth

A $1.6 million project to construct a new water distribution main will ensure growth in Byford, WA, with Water Corporation starting work on Abernethy Road.

New water storage tank improves water security for SA >>

$400 million investment in Tasmanian sewerage infrastructure

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government this week became a shareholder in Taswater and is helping to plan the delivery of a $400 million investment in stormwater and sewerage infrastructure in Launceston.


Major gas leak in Melbourne's east

A major gas leak in Oakleigh South caused dozens of people to be evacuated from the area on Tuesday 8 January, with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) using water to disperse the gas safely and avoid an explosion.


AGL invests $120 million in power station refurbishment

AGL has completed work at its Loy Yang power station and mine to improve reliability and safety, with works including refurbishment of the generation unit and electrical systems upgrade.


Safe entry for meter readers

An Australian energy company has introduced a new rule that its workers will not enter yards to read meters where a dog is not restrained as part of new safety measures.

New interactive maps of energy grid >>
Keeping transmission lines safe over summer >>
Tender: Demand response mechanisms >>
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