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11 Jan 2016

Myanmar Energy Master Plan Launched in Nay Pyi Taw – 8 January 2016

On 8th January 2016, the Myanmar’s National Energy Management Committee (NEMC) officially launched the Myanmar Energy Master Plan.

Myanmar Energy Master Plan Launched in Nay Pyi Taw – 8 January 2016

IES is pleased to announce that on 8th January 2016, the Myanmar’s National Energy Management Committee (NEMC) officially launched the Myanmar Energy Master Plan at a ceremony at Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, following an address by vice president U Nyan Tun.

Work on the Energy Master Plan, the product of work undertaken by IES in association with MMIC, commenced in 2014 under Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Energy under Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction administered by Asian Development Bank.  The integrated plan sets out strategies to ensure a sustainable, affordable and secure supply of energy for Myanmar over the longer-term.  These strategies take account of existing infrastructure, fuel supplies, availability of resources, competency in terms of technology and price, cooperation between the government, public and private sectors, environmental and social factors.

The government, ministries, international non-government organisations, private associations and the ADB collaborated to develop the Master Plan. 

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09 Dec 2015

Insider 20: Innovating in the Electricity Market

In this Insider article Hugh Bannister, Chairman and CEO of IES and an old hand in the market, lists his Top Seven desirable fixes.

Insider 20: Innovating in the Electricity Market

The National Electricity Market was conceived and designed around twenty years ago.  At the time, it was a small miracle of both technical and institutional innovation.  Like Ford’s model T, it’s been tweaked in many ways since then but under the hood it remains much as it always has been.  It is badly in need of an update to deal with the world as it will soon become.

The challenges are known – the rise of distributed generation and storage, the impact of government policy on renewables and emissions, customer incentives created by skyrocketing retail electricity tariffs and the challenges all this poses for established networks, generation, retailers and customers.  AEMC and AEMO are busy peering into this uncertain future and contemplating responses.

In this Insider article Hugh Bannister, Chairman and CEO of IES and an old hand in the market,  lists his Top Seven desirable fixes.

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03 Jun 2015

Insider 19: Will Energy Storage Arrive Sooner with Demand Charges?

In this edition of IES Insider we consider the electricity tariff arrangements that a home equipped with energy storage and solar PV is likely to receive.

Insider 19: Will Energy Storage Arrive Sooner with Demand Charges?

In this edition of IES Insider we consider the electricity tariff arrangements that a home equipped with energy storage and solar PV is likely to receive. We address the question of cost reflective pricing and whether the consumer will be better off with demand charge pricing, or existing pricing structures such as time-of-use.

Why does this matter?

Electricity tariff structures will have a significant impact on the viability and future take up of energy storage technologies. This article presents the results of a recent analysis by IES which tests the proposition that battery storage will become economically viable sooner under a demand tariff.

Please download our latest Newsletter for the full article.

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13 Apr 2015

Upcoming IES Users Group 2015

IES will be holding a free Users Group on May 5th - 6th, 2015 for PROPHET and NEO products at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel.

Upcoming IES Users Group 2015

A free IES Users Group will be held in Sydney on Tuesday May 5 and Wednesday May 6, 2015. The seminar  is to introduce new features of all our range of products and services.

Day 1 will have sessions running for PROPHET.
Day 2 will have sessions running for NEO products.
Detailed agendas for both of the days can be found at the event's registration page.

Limited seats are available, so if you are interested in attending either or both of the seminars, please RSVP by registering for each day separately by clicking on the Register link below.
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The event will be held at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Free shuttle buses will be available from the Sydney domestic airport to the hotel. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, please contact IES at ies@iesys.com or (02) 9436 2555.

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26 Mar 2015

IES electricity modelling reviewed by Solar Choice

Intelligent Energy Systems today received a review of its electricity forecasting tool, Prophet, by solar power experts Solar Choice.

IES electricity modelling reviewed by Solar Choice

Intelligent Energy Systems today received a review of its electricity forecasting tool, Prophet, by solar power experts Solar Choice. To see the article please follow the link

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25 Feb 2015

Development of Sustainable Electricity Industry Scenarios for the Greater Mekong Subregion

IES has been retained by the World Wildlife Fund Greater Mekong to undertake a comprehensive assessment on the technical feasibility of low-carbon electricity industry scenarios for each country in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Development of Sustainable Electricity Industry Scenarios for the Greater Mekong Subregion

IES has been retained by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greater Mekong to undertake a comprehensive assessment on the technical feasibility of low-carbon electricity industry scenarios for each country in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).  Each GMS country’s electricity industry will be assessed, covering demand growth, renewable energy potential, opportunities to enhance efficiency, technology options and costs.  Scenarios to the year 2050 will be established to provide appropriate trade-offs between energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability for the GMS.

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10 Feb 2015 Opinion

Good government could start by removing the RET barnacle

Along with key budget measures, the RET sits unresolved and festering. IES CEO, Hugh Bannister, argues for an early RET resolution.

Good government could start by removing the RET barnacle

Of all the mounting layers of barnacles slowing the Australian ship of state, the Renewable Energy Target ought to be one of the easiest to scrape off.  The Warburton review was sprung on an unsuspecting industry and the subsequent stand-off has left it in a state of inanimate suspension.  It’s hard to see what is driving the government’s approach to this issue.  There are no direct budget implications.  The Warburton review’s own modelling, not to mention the modelling of other industry experts including IES, point to the RET delivering lower retail electricity prices, so the consumer benefits from the RET. Many media commentators misunderstand this point.  To be sure, profit margins of existing generators have been and will be less than otherwise if the RET remains. The negotiation is stalled at a number somewhere between the high thirties and low thirties of thousands of GWh.  Other concessions to soften the impact of the target have been made, so the points of difference between the parties are hardly wide.   A quick decision on the RET, one way or the other, will allow the electricity industry as a whole to move on with confidence.

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06 Feb 2015

IES makes submission to the Australian Energy Regulator

IES recently made a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator for its consultation on regulating innovative energy selling business models.

IES makes submission to the Australian Energy Regulator

IES recently made a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for its consultation on regulating innovative energy selling business models. The consultation may result in additional compliance obligations for photovoltaic (PV) panel providers that include energy storage systems as part of their product offering. IES is of the view that the regulatory framework should support the take up of energy storage technologies as these systems will facilitate customer choice and competition in energy markets. Alternative energy sellers have a different business model to retailers who already hold retail authorisations and the AER guidelines for individual exemptions should take this into account.A copy of the IES submission can be found here.

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20 Oct 2014

Bill Nixey joins IES Advisory as Lead Consultant

Energy industry professional Bill Nixey joined the IES Advisory team today as Lead Consultant. Bill will lead the Australian consulting section of IES Advisory.

Bill Nixey joins IES Advisory as Lead Consultant

Energy industry professional Bill Nixey joined the IES Advisory team today as Lead Consultant. Bill will lead the Australian consulting section of IES Advisory and manage a team of four Senior Consultants. Bill has fifteen years’ experience in both the electricity and gas industries and has worked for AGL, Origin Energy, Ausgrid, and EDF Energy (UK). He has an in depth understanding of the structure of the energy industry including retail and billing, wholesale markets and regulated networks.

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