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Power to change: Analysis of household participation in a renewable energy and energy efficiency programme in Central Australia

Havas, Lisa, Ballweg, Julie, Penna, Chris and Race, Digby (2015). Power to change: Analysis of household participation in a renewable energy and energy efficiency programme in Central Australia. Energy Policy,87(December 2015):325-333.

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Title Power to change: Analysis of household participation in a renewable energy and energy efficiency programme in Central Australia
Author Havas, Lisa
Ballweg, Julie
Penna, Chris
Race, Digby
Journal Name Energy Policy
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 87
Issue Number December 2015
ISSN 0301-4215   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84945573278
Start Page 325
End Page 333
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Field of Research ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The Australian government funded a national Solar City program (2008–2013) to support communities to increase adoption of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology. One community was Alice Springs, a town with about 9000 households in the geographic centre of Australia. The programme offered a package of support: free energy audits, discounts for the purchase of renewable energy technology and energy efficiency measures, and ongoing information. Households that adopted solar hot water and photovoltaic systems reduced their electricity usage immediately after adoption by 10% and 34% respectively, and this was maintained in the long term. A small rebound effect of 15% was observed in the photovoltaic adopters. It was observed that, on average, households that adopted only energy efficiency measures did not have a significant reduction in their electricity usage over the long term. However, consistent with expectations, this study did show that there was a significant correlation between the number of energy efficiency measures adopted and the greatest household reduction in electricity usage. These contrary results indicate that there are additional factors involved. The connection between the effective use of measures, coincident behavioural change or increased energy awareness and greater energy reduction is discussed.
Keywords Renewable energy
Energy efficiency measures
Household
Australia
Remote location
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2015.09.017   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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