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Query about electricity retailers and bi-directional meters

I am currently having a 2649 kW system installed at my home in Traralgon and will have to change from my current retailer (which is Energy Australia) as they do not accept bidirectional flow nor arrange for the installation of these meters. I understand that both AGL and TXU will permit or arrange bidirectional meters and give credits for surplus energy from the panels. I have heard that there are retailers that will pay a higher price for sent out energy (30 c compared with 14 c for consumed energy) or am I dreaming Has anyone any knowledge of this and if so who is the retailer. Apart from this who would be the best retailer to be with? and contact name and number. Hope someone has some information . All the best Robin Dunn

Robin, I connect via Origin who now mandate bi-directional meters for grid interactive systems. However, their billing system is not too good - I am resolving irregularities between what I know I am consuming (from inverter load) and what they say I am consuming. All retailers seem to still be on a learning curve for grid interactive systems. I recommend you speak to installers who have some experience dealing with retailers. Rob MacCauley did our install and could help you out with advice - his contact details are here Peter Campbell 07:02, 27 June 2007 (CDT)
We have been operating a 3100 Watt grid-connect system at our home in Brisbane since July last year. To date we have been generally a net generator into the grid over the eight months, though recent wet/cloudy weather may drop us a bit below that desirable status. Our retailer is Origin Energy, who entered the Brisbane market in early 2007 when the previous state-owned electricity retailer was sold. We also are having billing issues, probably of a different sort to what Peter mentions. In our case, Origin have not implemented crediting our generated energy at the *peak* tariff rate for the *whole* of the generated energy as promised (they're paying *less* than the off-peak tariff charge for part of what we generate). We are currently in discussion with them - they say it is billing glitches that are still being resolved as part of the transition from the previous retailer. Can provide more info in due course. (Metering in our case is via a separate exported energy meter installed in the switchboard as part of the PV system, in addition to the normal meter(s) that tally imported energy. Therefore readings are taken for total energy used and for total energy generated, and billing is calculated from those readings. Our understanding is that the record value shown on the inverter for exported energy is not necessarily accurate. In any case, the retailer adopts the meter reading in the switchboard irrespective of what the inverter may say.) --Eagl 01:02, 28 February 2008 (CST)
By the way, Robin, I am assuming you mean you have a 2649 Watt (2.649 kW) system. And no, you are not dreaming about a feed-in tariff credit being equal to higher than what you pay for importing energy. My understanding is that on the electricity wholesale spot-market, the market price for electricity during the day (when industry usage is high) is way higher (by multiples) than normal residential tariffs of around 14-16 cents per kWh. So energy exported into the grid by PV solar generators like us during daylight hours ought to get credited at nothing less than the peak residential tariff. State govts in SA and Vic, as I understand it are proposing to mandate a feed-in credit of at least 2 times peak tariff. Are you aware of this? The ACT has recently released a Feed-in Tariff Discussion Paper on the same topic (submissions closed last Monday but the link is still live today). Regards Ed Parker. --Eagl 01:02, 28 February 2008 (CST)

Proposal to allow anonymous editing

We are considering opening Greenlivingpedia to allow anonymous editing - which means anyone can choose to edit via an IP address rather than first having to create a user account. This makes it easier for people to contribute and may therefore increase contributions. Selected articles (including the main page) will remain protected. What do you think about this? Peter Campbell 18:35, 11 October 2007 (CDT)

  • definitely for: open editing makes it much easier to get involved, and in most cases, you'll get more content from lots of smaller editors (by volume...), than a few regular editors. --Naught101 21:37, 29 November 2007 (CST)
    • thanks for your feedback. We are giving anonymous editing a trial period. Peter Campbell 01:17, 6 December 2007 (CST)
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