RACE in the news

The National Electricity Market wasn’t made for a renewable energy future. Here’s how to fix it
04/03/2024
Rooftop solar is Australia’s cheapest source of electricity. The consumer can get electricity from rooftop solar at less than a fifth of the average cost per kwh of buying it from a retailer. Unsurprisingly, rooftop solar output is growing fast. In 2022, one-in-three homes had solar panels. Total rooftop solar capacity exceeded 30 gigawatts, compared to the remaining 21GW of coal generation.
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RACE for 2030 Pathways to Net Zero Precincts Launches
19/02/2024
The RACE for 2030 Pathways to Net Zero Precincts research project is now live! The three year project was presented at the 2024 State of Energy Research Conference at Curtin Bentley Campus this week, alongside some of the most innovative research and thinkers in the energy, decarbonisation and net zero space.
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SA Aboriginal communities set to benefit from improved housing
05/12/2023
Aboriginal community housing in South Australia’s remote APY Lands will be retrofitted in an innovative pilot project to improve energy efficiency, living conditions and health in the harsh and variable desert climate.
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SA Aboriginal communities set to benefit from improved housing
04/12/2023
Newswise — Aboriginal community housing in South Australia’s remote APY Lands will be retrofitted in an innovative pilot project to improve energy efficiency, living conditions and health in the harsh and variable desert climate.
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Biogas productivity approach could deliver huge benefits
23/11/2023
AMPC is helping the red meat processor sector transition to clean energy by expanding its bioenergy projects that are building confidence and capability towards adoption. AMPC is piloting a project that will assess a new approach to processing by-product streams to create biogas, with the long-term potential to abate 1.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases and generate up to $63 million in carbon credits.
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Electric hot water is a hero of flexible demand. Where does it stand in the age of rooftop solar?
31/10/2023
More than half of Australian households own an electric water heating system which makes up around 25GWh of daily flexible demand in our electricity network. The majority of these electric water heating systems have been on a controlled load circuit where the electrical circuit of the water heaters is energised and de-energised by the distribution network service providers (DNSPs) based on their demand-side management strategies.
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‘Pathways to Net Zero Precincts’ set to fast-track low carbon living
30/10/2023
A Curtin University-led national research project to advance decarbonization in Australia, Pathways to Net Zero Precincts, has launched at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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Transforming Australian homes: Major project addressing energy efficiency in existing Australian homes launches
30/10/2023
A new initiative aimed at unlocking the full potential of energy upgrades in existing housing stock has been officially launched with the kick-off of the Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes (EUAH) project at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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Transforming Australian homes: Major project addressing energy efficiency in existing Australian homes launches
26/10/2023
A new initiative aimed at unlocking the full potential of energy upgrades in existing housing stock has been officially launched with the kick-off of the Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes (EUAH) project at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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‘Pathways to Net Zero Precincts’ set to fast-track low carbon living
26/10/2023
A Curtin University-led national research project to advance decarbonisation in Australia, Pathways to Net Zero Precincts has launched at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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Race to upgrade Aussie homes
26/10/2023
In a bid to improve the energy efficiency of Australian homes the federal government has launched the RACE for 2030 Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes (EUAH) project. The three year project will improve the thermal efficiency of eight million Australian homes that were built before energy ratings were introduced.
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Transforming Australian homes: Major project addressing energy efficiency in existing Australian homes launches
26/10/2023
A new initiative aimed at unlocking the full potential of energy upgrades in existing housing stock has been officially launched with the kick-off of the Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes (EUAH) project at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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Joint statement: Careers for Net Zero calls for government to grow the clean economy workforce
26/10/2023
A broad coalition of leading industry and professional associations, education institutions, local governments and other non-government organisations is calling for the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to take real action to secure Australia’s emissions reduction and workforce goals.
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Fast-Track to Low Carbon Living via Net Zero Precincts
26/10/2023
A Curtin University-led national research project to advance decarbonisation in Australia, Pathways to Net Zero Precincts has launched at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today. The groundbreaking initiative, led by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, and delivered through the Cooperative Research Centre, RACE for 2030, is dedicated to decarbonising the built environment in partnership with industry.
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‘Pathways to Net Zero Precincts’ set to fast-track low carbon living
26/10/2023
A Curtin University-led national research project to advance decarbonisation in Australia, Pathways to Net Zero Precincts has launched at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today. The groundbreaking initiative, led by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, and delivered through the Cooperative Research Centre, RACE for 2030, is dedicated to decarbonising the built environment in partnership with industry.
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One million homes targeted for energy upgrades by 2030
25/10/2023
A project designed to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of Australian houses and reduce power bills is aiming to upgrade more than one million homes by the end of the decade. The scheme, backed by more than 74 organisations and delivered through the Race for 2030 co-operative research centre, launched on Wednesday at the All-Energy Conference in Melbourne.
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One million homes targeted for energy upgrades by 2030
25/10/2023
A project designed to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of Australian houses and reduce power bills is aiming to upgrade more than one million homes by the end of the decade.
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One million homes targeted for energy upgrades by 2030
25/10/2023
A project designed to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of Australian houses and reduce power bills is aiming to upgrade more than one million homes by the end of the decade.
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Transforming Australian homes: Major project addressing energy efficiency in existing Australian homes launches
23/10/2023
A major new project aims to unlock the full potential of energy upgrades in existing housing stock. ISF is part of a new initiative aimed at unlocking the full potential of energy upgrades in existing housing stock has been officially launched with the kick-off of the Energy Upgrades for Australian Homes (EUAH) project at the All Energy Conference in Melbourne today.
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Incentivising household energy habits and reducing electricity bills
20/09/2023
The media release was also posted on The National Tribune. Research from Monash University Business School has tested whether monetary or non-monetary incentives can encourage households to shift their daily electricity use to better align with solar energy output.
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Ramping up flexible demand in Australia
14/09/2023
One of the big challenges Australia faces as the grid decarbonises is how to ensure reliable supply from intermittent renewable energy sources. Alongside this challenge is a big opportunity: the potential to use distributed energy resources (DERs) in buildings, such as HVAC systems, electric vehicles and batteries to manage demand. This has the threefold benefit of lightening the load on the grid during busy periods, reducing energy costs, and lowering peak demand.
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Beyond energy savings: Unleashing the hidden gems of industrial energy efficiency
23/08/2023
In the realm of industrial energy efficiency, the prevailing narrative has long centred on energy savings, and rightfully so. After all, reducing energy consumption is a crucial step towards a sustainable future and a key pillar in the roadmap to decarbonisation.
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CSIRO smart buildings project to lower emissions and electricity costs
10/08/2023
Australia’s national science agency — CSIRO — will lead a new $11 million project that involves up to 200 buildings and strives to drive the development of new technology, empowering consumers to have more control over their electricity usage, save money and ease pressure on the energy grid.
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Smart city energy project
09/08/2023
A new $11 million project led by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, will drive the development of new technology to support flexible demand for energy, empowering users to have more control over their electricity usage, save money and ease pressure on the energy grid.
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Connecting EVs across Australia’s energy grids
04/08/2023
The electrification of transport is a key weapon in the armoury to decarbonise many a country’s economy, and Australia is no different. With around 20 million vehicles on the road and 99.9 per cent of these powered by petrol or diesel, Australia’s carbon emissions from road transport have been on a seemingly unstoppable rise for decades.
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Here’s how wastewater facilities could tackle food waste, generate energy and slash emissions
01/08/2023
Most Australian food waste ends up in landfill. Rotting in the absence of oxygen produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. While some facilities capture this “landfill gas” to produce energy, or burn it off to release carbon dioxide instead, it’s a major contributor to climate change.
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Connecting EVs across Australia’s energy grids
27/07/2023
The electrification of transport is a key weapon in the armoury to decarbonise many a country’s economy, and Australia is no different. With around 20 million vehicles on the road and 99.9 per cent of these powered by petrol or diesel, Australia’s carbon emissions from road transport have been on a seemingly unstoppable rise for decades.
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Difficult, confusing, annoying and expensive - an energy expert's experience of going all-electric
26/07/2023
The process of fully electrifying his own home was difficult, but it helped the CEO of RACE for 2030 identify the challenges we must overcome to scale up Australia's electrification journey.
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RMIT releases home thermal efficiency report
06/07/2023
RMIT University has led a report, commissioned by RACE for 2030, to assess the current challenges related to home thermal efficiency improvements, which are expected to ease cost of living pressures, improve wellbeing and reduce energy consumption and emissions.
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The urgent need for thermal efficiency
06/07/2023
Improving the thermal performance in Australian homes is an urgent priority to ease cost of living pressures, improve occupant wellbeing, and reduce energy consumption and emissions. So says H2: Opportunity Assessment Enhancing home thermal efficiency, a new RMIT University-led report, commissioned by RACE for 2030.
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Novel CO2 supermarket cooling installed in Adelaide
06/07/2023
A novel dew-point CO2 refrigeration system has been deployed at a Coles supermarket in Norwood, South Australia. The project is the culmination of seven years of research activities, trials and product development, including partnerships between the University of South Australia, the RACE for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre, Coles, and Adelaide-based Glaciem Cooling Technologies.
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Australia won't meet net zero goals without a national approach to home thermal efficiency: Report
05/07/2023
An RMIT University-led report, commissioned by RACE for 2030, assessed current challenges related to home thermal efficiency improvements.
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High-performance windows should be essential in new builds. Call to prioritise thermal efficiency
04/07/2023
Improving the thermal performance of Australian homes should be an urgent priority to ease cost of living pressures, improve wellbeing and reduce energy consumption and emissions.
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World-first, cutting-edge SA cooling technology supporting Australian leading retailer, Coles
27/06/2023
In a world-first, Adelaide-based Glaciem Cooling Technologies has deployed its groundbreaking energy-efficient refrigeration solutions to help leading Australian retailer Coles reduce CO2 emissions in line with its sustainability ambitions.
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Charging Australia’s EV uptake with strategic integration
15/06/2023
With the increasing uptake of electric vehicles, researchers at the Reliable, Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030) are leading a project to demonstrate how strategic integration with Australia’s electricity grid and energy storage is vital for electric vehicle adoption.
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Charging Australia's EV uptake with strategic integration
07/06/2023
With the ncreasing uptake of electric vehicles, researchers at the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030) are leading a project to demonstarte gow strategic integration
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Building fabric performance is essential for thermal comfort
05/06/2023
Residential buildings are responsible for 24 per cent of electricity use and 12 per cent of carbon emissions in Australia. Heating and cooling accounts for a major portion of residential energy consumption and emissions.
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New report to better measure the energy efficiency workforce
31/05/2023
The Energy efficiency definitions for the Australian Energy Employment Report has been released, coinciding with the first day of the National Energy Efficiency Conference. The report is released by the Cooperative Research Centre and RACE for 2030, alongside the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC).
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Getting to grips with the energy-efficiency workforce
26/05/2023
Australia is in a better position to evaluate its energy-efficiency workforce thanks to a new report that provides definitions of energy efficiency work.
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Electrify or electrolyse? We can – and should – do both
23/05/2023
Electrify Everything! says Saul Griffith. The Hydrogen Economy! says Andrew Forrest. What if we didn’t have to choose? What if the answer was, to borrow from the Energy Efficiency Council’s (EEC) CEO Luke Menzel, “everything, everywhere, all at once?”.
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Renewable Gas Alliance welcomes the release of new RACE for 2030 report
02/05/2023
The Renewable Gas Alliance welcomes the release of the RACE for 2030 report into the opportunity of anaerobic digestion for electricity, transport and gas.
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The RACE to integrate electric vehicles is charging ahead
24/04/2023
As worldwide demand for electric vehicles ramps up, Curtin researchers are working with industry to prepare for the transition from yesterday’s technologies to the vehicles and energy sources of tomorrow.
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Australia’s adoption of electric vehicles has been maddeningly slow, but we’re well placed to catch up fast
21/04/2023
Australia has long had a love affair with the internal combustion engine. Its first petrol-powered car was developed in 1901. (Admittedly, the engine was imported from Germany.)
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UNSW leads thermal battery research at RACE for 2030
11/04/2023
UNSW’s new SolarShift project, led by the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) will coordinate and operate about 3,000 domestic electric water heaters as a giant, ‘Megawatt scale’ thermal battery to soak up excess solar generation and support electricity networks.
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New project aims to create energy flexibility for water corporations
04/04/2023
The transition to renewable energy is critical for a more sustainable future, and high demand users such as heavy industry and utility providers hold the key to achieving this goal. But, making the shift poses several challenges, such as developing effective demand management strategies, assessing risks and benefits, and evaluating the impact on the electricity network.
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THE RACE IS ON
31/03/2023
Late last year RACE for 2030 released The Australian Electricity Workforce for the 2022 Integrated System Plan: Projections to 2050 which models the workforce required to deliver the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2022 Integrated System Plan.
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Witchcliffe Ecovillage leads country in EV integration
30/03/2023
The Witchcliffe Ecovillage recently celebrated the switching-on of its five newly installed Tritium EV fast-charging stations with the simultaneous launch of the RACE for 2030's Australian Strategic EV Integration project (SEVI). Our project was also shared on Busselton Mail and Margaret River Mail.
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First workforce modelling on National Electricity Market investments identifies significant workforce shortage
30/11/2022
RACE for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre has released "The Australian Electricity Workforce for the 2022 Integrated System Plan: Projections to 2050" today. Our project was also shared on The National Tribune. The report presents modelling of the workforce required to deliver the Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) 2022 Integrated System Plan (ISP), the industry-leading 30-year roadmap of investments required in the National Electricity Market.
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Electric vehicles 'could be as cheap as combustion-engine cars' with these tax breaks
06/07/2022
Australia's electric vehicle (EV) uptake is lagging, but tax experts say they have a "silver bullet solution" that would both drive sales and help increase the supply of cheaper second-hand EVs.
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New report stimulates a ‘green wave’ to a net-zero tomorrow
05/05/2022
Curtin University has reduced its energy consumption by three per cent every year and introduced a suite of energy reduction initiatives as part of a new national blueprint, which seeks to address the net-zero challenge for universities across Australia.
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Rooftop solar PV curtailment raises fairness concerns
12/04/2022
Solar PV curtailment is the intentional reduction of power output from solar energy systems to the grid, allowing management of voltage to prevent possible unsafe increase in voltage levels, but also limiting the potential for the solar system owner to earn revenue from exporting their excess solar, which can affect different households at different levels.
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Gold standard for clean energy
18/03/2022
Australia is set to adopt the United States’ gold standard of measuring energy sector jobs with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) announcing iplans to deliver the inaugural Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER).
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Solar curtailment is emerging as a new challenge to overcome as Australia dashes for rooftop solar
10/12/2021
Almost a third of Australia’s estimated ten million households now have solar on the roof. But as the nation moving fastest to produce energy on our homes, we are also encountering teething problems, such as “curtailment” of output.
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Developing the future energy workforce: RACE opportunity assessment released
07/10/2021
Yesterday the RACE for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre published the opportunity assessment final report on the RACE for Everyone theme of developing the future energy workforce. The research was led by the University of Technology Sydney, in collaboration with the Australian Power Institute, Climate-KIC Australia, the Energy Efficiency Council, EnergyLab, Monash University, Startupbootcamp and Ultima Capital Partners.
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Joint statement: Industry backs in new effort to count all Aussie energy jobs
07/10/2021
A coalition of leading industry groups and universities today called on governments to support the proposed Australian Energy and Employment Report, to ensure Australia is positioned to capture an energy jobs boom.
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Seeley International joins RACE for 2030
15/07/2021
Seeley International has become the first air conditioning manufacturer to join a new collaborative research centre (CRC) focused on clean energy – RACE for 2030. The company formalised a partnership with other industry, research and technology partners to incorporate innovative air conditioning solutions into projects aimed at boosting energy productivity and demand flexibility, cutting energy costs and reducing emissions, for Australian homes, businesses and industries.
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RACE for 2030
13/07/2021
Seeley International has become the first air-conditioning manufacturer to join one of Australia’s largest ever clean energy focused collaborative research centres – RACE for 2030 CRC (RACE).
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RACE for clean energy 2030
11/03/2021
The Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) is calling for industry to take part in a series of surveys to help determine future energy needs in different sectors. A2EP is a partner of the RACE for 2030 Collaborative Research Centre (CRC), which aims to accelerate the transition to reliable, affordable and clean energy for 2030.
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Researchers turn up the heat on industrial gas use
28/08/2020
Researchers at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) are prototyping a renewable energy heat system that could reduce industrial gas use by up to 80 per cent in some applications.
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Australian government makes massive investment in race for clean energy
18/03/2020
The Government is investing $68.5 million in the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 (RACE for 2030) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to improve energy affordability and reliability, and help Australia play its role in reducing global emissions.
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Successful CRC bids: RACE for 2030 & Building 4.0
18/03/2020
The Federal Government has announced is investing $68.5 million in the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 (RACE for 2030) CRC. The RACE for 2030 CRC will lead collaborative research and innovation to grow Australian energy technology businesses, improve clean energy uptake, while at the same time tackling the grid stability challenges facing new energy technologies, with long-term benefits for all Australians.
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UTS races towards more sustainable energy
08/03/2020
A super-charged research partnership will power new technologies to reduce emissions, improve reliability and reduce energy bills for Australian households and businesses.
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Press Conference – Launch of RACE for 2030 CRC - Brisbane
08/03/2020
Karen Andrews: It’s a pleasure to be here at Sarah and Aaron Hall’s home at Brookwater, just west of Brisbane. This is a very important announcement.
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Supporting affordable clean energy
08/03/2020
The Morrison Government is further investing in technology solutions that can reduce the energy bills of Australian families and businesses, and drive down carbon emissions.
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