October 6, 2020

Improve Energy Performance: Range of investment costs to achieve targets

Continuing from our previous blog, the range of investment costs to achieve saving targets will vary depending upon target savings and return on investments.  Examples of targets and costs to achieve these savings with simple paybacks across two, three or five years are:  Please contact Susmet to assess payback and investment costs for your energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Our range of experience will be helpful. Disclaimer: This blog is part of a continuing series discussing sustainability and energy management issues. Contributions featuring achievements, techniques, products, and processes are welcome. Please feel free to contact Susmet to suggest ideas […]
October 19, 2020

Financial Sustainability: Are your Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGC) valid?

Continuing from our previous blog, this discussion looks at metering for Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGC). A power station that generates electricity from a renewable energy source can apply to participate in the Renewable Energy Target.​​  To be eligible for power station accreditation, some or all of the power generated must be generated from an eligible renewable energy source. Once a power station is accredited, LGC can be created for electricity generated from the renewable energy source. As part of this accreditation, a power station within the National Electricity Market (NEM) must use NEM standard metering as defined in the National […]
October 31, 2020

Financial Sustainability: Improve business opportunities with Power Factor Optimisation

Continuing from our previous blog, this discussion looks at optimising power factor on site and how it can reduce your electricity costs. Put simply, Power Factor (PF) is a measure of how effectively buildings are using their electricity.  Like a car out of tune, a poor PF will add to your electricity cost and waste energy. PF optimisation equipment usually pays for itself in less than two years.  By installing the equipment, you will receive a reduction in the peak demand portion of your electricity account.  The equipment is usually installed next to the main switchboard.  Improving PF from  0.7 […]
November 16, 2020

Improve Energy Performance: Building Power Signature

Continuing from our previous blog, a diverse “multi-path” approach is required for energy management to reduce energy, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.  Two of the paths previously suggested include measuring energy efficiency between diverse premises (benchmarking) and the five-steps to successful energy management.  This discussion and the next blog look at building load duration plots or building power signatures and benchmarking to help in reducing energy costs.  Remember “What gets measured, gets done”.  Load Duration Plot or Building Power Signature Electricity annual consumption patterns or ‘signatures’ for premises and buildings may be useful in comparing performance between time periods and […]