Nexergy’s CXO, Grant Young, presenting the Nexergy local energy trading app to local community members.

It’s been a while since we posted an update on the Nexergy local energy trading platform here on our blog. That’s mostly because we’ve been busy actually doing the things ;) (like I say, there’s a reason we have #JFDI on our tshirts). But today we have have some exciting news…

We’re delighted to announce that our Preview Release program is now full, and we’re preparing to roll out version 1 of our local energy trading app over the next few weeks to early adopters who signed up to the Nexergy Ready plan with Energy Locals. …


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This is the final instalment of our three part series “How to lose friends and influence energy policy”. In part 1 we undertook a whirlwind tour of the early history of energy, and energy policy in Australia up until the 1990s. Part 2 investigated the rise of consumer demand, the shifting energy policy goal posts and the rise of the “prosumer” from the 1990s to present day. In this post we take a look at recent trends and projections to forecast what might be to come for the Australian energy sector.

The “Prosumer” Epoch: late 2015–present

We touched upon the unprecedented rise of the Australian…


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This is part two of our three part series “how to lose friends and influence energy policy”. In part 1 we undertook a whirlwind tour of the early history of energy, and energy policy in Australia up until the 1990s. In this post we delve into the more recent history of Australia’s energy sector and set the scene for what might be to come as our leaders debate how to mould the future of our energy system.

The Air-Conocene Epoch: 1990s–2000s

As I mentioned at the end of part 1, for most of Australia’s history, energy systems and associated policies have been relatively straight-forward…


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Energy is a strange beast, because whilst it’s largely invisible, it is an absolutely essential service. As critical to the underpinnings of modern life as health care and education, it has — for the bulk of contemporary history — fallen to the appendices of life. Only relatively recently, as the energy sector has been driven more by big business and personal ideologies, has energy been brought to the front page of our lives.

Political leaders the world over are currently grappling with how to design meaningful and impactful energy policies which are broadly palatable to all stakeholders. This is particularly…


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Today marks a special day for the energy sector in Australia for three reasons.

Firstly, it’s the first day of summer (woohoo!) which is also the start of the most challenging season for the energy system. While most of us are enjoying end-of-year festivities in air-conditioned comfort, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) will be watching the whole system like a hawk.

They’ve been preparing for this summer for the past year because the demand forecasts showed a lack of supply in the market over this period, which would have resulted in regional blackouts (as occurred in South Australia last…


Last month I joined participants from all quadrants of the energy industry in Melbourne for the All-Energy conference and exhibition, learning about the latest in energy innovation in Australia. The event lived up to last year’s experience with showcases of innovative utility trials, new energy tech (especially in distributed energy resources) and learnings from new start-ups in the space. There are three key takeaways, from my perspective, that I’d like to share coming out of this year’s All-Energy.

Firstly, the sector writ large are frustrated with the state of energy politics in Australia. From utility execs to rooftop solar installers…


Could our electric cars act like one big battery to better manage the grid? (Image credit)

With electric car sales on the rise and most major car manufacturers announcing electric vehicles in their pipeline, electric vehicles will become more and more commonplace, and faster than many might predict. But what impacts might this have on our distributed energy future? And how might local energy trading be of benefit?

Most electric vehicles (EVs) are, of course, battery powered. This means when they’re stationary (i.e. parked) these batteries have the potential to put the energy they store back into the grid, say at times when it helps manage energy flows on the network.

Even today, the storage capacity…


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We were excited to see the recent success of the Glow Kickstarter campaign, raising $80k against their target of $75k for this attractive “smart energy tracker for your home.” Following in the footsteps of products like DIY Koyoto’s Wattson device — and taking some clear stylistic cues from Google Home — it’s an appealing and friendly “in-home display” (IHD), one that eschews the typical numbers, graphs and charts that dominate this product segment (see Efergy’s product suite as an example).

The Glow product is of particular interest to me, personally, as I’ve spent a good bit of time thinking about…


Next month will see the energy industry, community groups and energy citizens meet for the annual All-Energy conference in Melbourne. It’s an important opportunity for the sector to present achievements over the past year and share learnings to cross-pollinate ideas. As I wrote about last week, this sort of collaboration is critical to efficient and customer-focused innovation.

At last year’s conference we met technology vendors, retailers, community renewable energy groups and heard from many more in the industry on their projects. They ranged from community wind and solar farms to academic research and innovative consumer offerings.

I’m excited to be…


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In my previous post on premium electrons I touched on the challenges of innovating in the electricity sector, using Tesla’s products as an example. Another critical aspect of achieving the clean distributed energy vision is collaboration. The delivery of energy units to consumers requires companies of all varieties, supported by individuals across the full spectrum of skills. It stands to reason, then, that the delivery of innovative energy products and services will be accelerated through collaboration — across sectors and timezones.

In their vision of Shared Value, leading competition theorists Michael Porter and Mark Kramer point to the idea of…

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