Published by Brad Lemon on January 21st, 2016
Published by Brad Lemon on December 5th, 2015
Published by Brad Lemon on December 5th, 2014
Now, as mentioned, we bought 13.8 kw/h, which costs us 23.32 cents per kw/h including GST, for a total of $3.22. This amount will be added to the total on the next bill from our utility provider. (This is on top of a 'service to property' charge of $75.65 on our last bill, which is supposed to cover the cost of the electricity infrastructure (poles, wires, transformers) that we use in the supply of electricity to our house.) Everyone pays the whopping service to property charge - unless you disconnect from the grid.
Electricity always finds the shortest route to earth. Whichever neighbour (on the same electrical phase as us) is physically closest will be the actual consumer of the power we are sending to the grid. That's likely to be a house just a few doors away who doesn't have solar power. And they will be paying more than 23 cents kw/h to buy the power we just got paid 8 cents for. What work does the service provider do to earn such amazing profits? They just maintain the wires.
The Fat Controller
Living on borrowed time:
How to adjust the balance:
If Victoria is going to prosper into the future, then we will need more renewable energy. If the industry doesn't restructure in the way it does business, our main utility companies are going to be left with stranded assets. This will force a dramatic rise in the price of electricity for those who cannot get off the grid - in just a few short years.
It's a matter for government policy, so your MP should be your first port of call if, like me, you seek reform.
Published by Brad Lemon on November 3rd, 2014
Reprinted from The Sunday Age.
Published by Brad Lemon on September 16th, 2014
- Containers (to carry goods) were invented just after World War 2. Somewhere had to be found to store the containers associated with the Port of Melbourne, and the then empty land to the west of Melbourne was chosen as the most convenient spot. Back then, there was little population in the southeast suburbs.
- The majority of manufacturing is now done in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne in places like Dandenong. Some container traffic also heads to Gippsland.
- The Port of Melbourne is being upgraded and will continue to receive and dispatch container traffic into the future to service the north and west of Melbourne.
- The Port of Hastings will actually help remove congestion from Melbourne's roads, not add to it.
- Victoria's two Stevedore companies have confirmed (by phone) that they would like to send the larger, more efficient container ships to Hastings now! I encourage you to make your own inquiries.
Published by Brad Lemon on August 26th, 2014
The Port of Hastings expansion is very important to the prosperity of the Mornington Peninsula. Thousands of jobs will be created, in all areas of our local economy. Local business and even mum & dad companies will benefit. The shops that are now standing empty in Hastings will fill. Infrastructure like public transport and telecommunications will improve.
No matter which party wins government, please ensure that Hastings is the site for our container port, as has been planned all along. The future of Victoria depends on it.
Published by Brad Lemon on August 12th, 2014
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Published by Brad Lemon on July 25th, 2014