Don’t expect Australia’s price-battered electricity consumers to be popping any champagne corks when the longtime-coming ‘Power of Choice’ metering reforms finally come into force today (December 4, 2017). In fact, it’s a fair bet that the vast majority of power bill paying Australians will be totally oblivious to the formal kick-off date, even if energy insiders have been manoeuvring around it for years seeking advantage under a new regulatory regime for so-called ‘smart meters’.
Wattwatchers has teamed up with the Renew Economy Energy Insiders podcast series to record a 'special session' for the global Disruptive Innovation Festival (hashtag #thinkdif). The special podcast is called 'The Tech Nerd's User-Friendly Guide to Reinventing Electricity for Consumers' - and it went live on DIF 2017 on November 23, 2017.
The Wattwatchers-Future Grid energy data hub will enable the real-time management over the internet of fleets of intelligent devices that monitor and control electrical circuits covering everything from rooftop solar generation, to energy storage systems, to electric vehicle chargers and everyday major loads in the the household including hot water, air-conditioning units, pool pumps and more.
Two innovative Australian technology companies – one doing the hardware for monitoring and control, the other the management software, data-hosting and cloud platform for analytics – are teaming up to do 'IoT for energy'. Brisbane-based VRT Systems, owner of the WideSky IoT platform and the CETA metering distribution business, is working with Sydney-based Wattwatchers to address energy management opportunities enabled by rich electricity data.
Experienced new energy solutions advisor James Clements has joined Wattwatchers as a business development manager based in Sydney. His brief is to focus on Wattwatchers' expanding deployment in commercial and industrial sub-metering, business energy efficiency, and green and smart building use cases.
Wattwatchers is delighted to announce the appointment of Justine Jarvinen as non-executive Chair. Ms Jarvinen will lead the Wattwatchers Board during a critical growth stage following the company’s successful $4 million Series A investment round which closed in August 2017.
We’ve created a kind of mythology that ‘energy is special’. We’re all caught in a form of large-scale Stockholm syndrome where we’ve been ‘programmed’ to accept that energy policy and markets have to be handled differently to just about everything else. Now we need to be de-programmed, writes Wattwatchers CEO and 'Connected Home Guy' Gavin Dietz.
UK-based Envisij and Australia's Wattwatchers are working together to help business energy consumers navigate the exciting but challenging ‘new energy’ era. Key energy system touchpoints include the rise of EVs, proliferating solar PV for homes and businesses, on-site storage, energy efficiency and load control - coupled with costly transition debacles like vexed ‘Smart Meter’ rollouts.
Darius Salgo, one of the 'new energy' sector's brightest young innovators, is joining Wattwatchers in a part-time business development role with a focus on Australian and international market opportunities. Darius has broad experience in distributed energy systems and energy markets, and is a co-founder of local energy trading start-up Nexergy.
Technology startups Future Grid and Wattwatchers have launched a joint project to bring pinpoint data analytics and visibility to electricity grids where little currently exists.
Melbourne-based energy technology leadership company GreenSync has struck a blow for Australian innovation and entrepreneurism with the launch of deX, the Decentralised Energy Exchange. Wattwatchers is proud to be one of 37 founding partners and supporters of deX, and we'll be making our solutions 'deX ready'.
While the Australian Prime Minister badgers energy retailers to give electricity consumers a better deal, Wattwatchers CEO Gavin Dietz anticipates a near future where Siri will help coordinate his home energy management. Get ready for the inevitable digital energy revolution that empowers consumers.