01 Jan 2015

Energy cooperatives, in which citizens volunteer their time, have become a symbol for a citizen-led energy change. However, new energy cooperatives find it difficult to establish because they are at a disadvantage compared to large suppliers since Renewable Energy Sources Act amendment. New business models are now in demand that help to establish this model on the energy market alongside municipal utilities and private utilities. For example, cooperative members need to build up know-how, create full-time jobs and mobilise risk capital.
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Journal article
19 Nov 2016

Degrowth, technology, and democracy in Community Renewable Energy are discussed.
Six hypotheses on the German energy transition are developed.
Convivial technology is not used in Community Renewable Energy in Germany.
Green consumerism might dominate Community Renewable Energy in the future.

Journal article
07 Jun 2018

The recent European energy proposals for the revision of the Energy Efficiency and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directives emphasize the importance of driving investments into the renovation of building stocks and stimulating retrofitting demand.

Conference paper
13 Sep 2018

This guide is intended to help all Australian property owners cut their energy costs and reduce their emissions, looking at a broad range of technologies — from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems — and indicating which are best suited to different property types.

28 Mar 2018

This research found that behaviourally-informed fact sheets can improve consumers’ engagement with energy plans and increase their confidence in choosing the right energy plan or retailer.

06 Jun 2013

This paper examines the early phases of a 21st century energy transition that involves distributed generation technologies employing low or zero carbon emission power sources and their take-up within Australia, with particular reference to the major cities and solar photovoltaics (PV).

Journal article
15 Oct 2014

With policy directions firmly moving towards net zero energy homes, what do we know about the perceptions and experiences of households who already live in homes at or near that standard?

Journal article
08 Apr 2019

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest has successfully pursued state residential energy codes and building programs to create ever more efficient housing. Since its inception, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has played a pivotal role in aiding states to deliver more effective and efficient energy codes. NEEA contracted Ecotope to quantify the energy use, energy savings, and incremental costs for residential codes in Washington.

05 May 2019

The paper has a focus on energy consumption habits and trends using statistical methods.
Occupants’ behavior is monitored using smart metering system and awareness surveys.
The impact of a serious game on occupant's behavior is evaluated.

Journal article
06 Jun 2019

This book focuses on the challenge that Australia faces in transitioning to renewable energy and regenerating its cities via a transformation of its built environment. It identifies innovative and effective pathways for decarbonising the built environment from applied research undertaken by the Co-Operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.

28 Jun 2019

The ‘Beyond White Gum Valley Precincts Guide: The Energy Village Concept’ objective is to assist design teams and planning assessment officers on ‘innovative’ and achievable options for implementing a precinct distributed energy system (DES). Balance’s starting point is that the objective for the precinct’s embedded electricity system is to minimise utility grid import and reduce external dependency while increasing residents’ energy savings and incorporating community energy sharing potential.

Technical report
10 Jun 2019

A data-driven approach is proposed to discover heat load patterns in district heating.
The first large-scale analysis of all the buildings in six different categories is presented.
The authors showcase how typical and atypical behaviors look like in the entire network in Sweden.

Journal article