energy explainers

Energy and Productivity - Part 2: What impacts productivity?

Energy and Productivity - Part 2: What impacts productivity?

The first article for this series discussed what productivity is and why it is important. This writing will delve into how individuals, companies and governments can influence measured productivity.

Energy Explainer: Electricity Markets

Energy Explainer: Electricity Markets

In order to explain how the lights stay on, we first need to have a broad overview of how electrical networks work. This article gives a review of the evolution of electricity markets over the past century and explains the complex system they have become.

Energy Explainer: Electrical load

Energy Explainer: Electrical load

Electrical load is the component in a circuit that draws or consumes power as opposed to providing it. On a small scale, such as a torchlight, load can be the lightbulb. In a consumer’s home, load is determined by multiple factors, such as the type of devices being used, the frequency of their usage, and the time of day or year. The daily minimum level of electricity demand is known as the “baseload”. Peak load” is the amount of electricity needed when demand is at its highest. As different energy technologies have inherently different mechanical features, baseload and peak load demands are typically supplied by different types of generation plants.

Energy Explainer: Renewable Energy Sources and the Challenge of Intermittency

Energy Explainer: Renewable Energy Sources and the Challenge of Intermittency

Intermittency is an essential implication of the differences of utilising renewable and non-renewable energy sources, which leaves non-renewable energy sources with a key advantage over renewable ones.  

The Trilemma Trade Off

The Trilemma Trade Off

What is the "Energy Trilemma"? The Energy Trilemma presents three interconnected goals that have proven exceedingly difficult to address individually.  Recent history has shown that unilateral actions taken to address one dimension of the trilemma often results in undesirable reactions on the other dimensions.  Hence it is currently not practical to simultaneously install new low carbon generation, ensure affordable energy for consumers, and guarantee that there will be security of electricity supply accounting for future demand.