The Future of Heating in Victoria: Embracing Heat Pumps

In a world where sustainable energy solutions are imperative, countries and regions are devising varied strategies to meet their energy demands while also aligning with environmental considerations. While the UK has chosen to explore new oil and gas fields, Victoria is steering towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly path, evidenced by its recent decision to prohibit new gas connections in residential homes and government infrastructure.

The pivotal question that arises from this policy change is straightforward: With the cessation of gas, what’s the best alternative for Victorians to stay warm without overburdening the electrical grid?

The solution that has emerged as a frontrunner is the heat pump. Unlike traditional heating systems, heat pumps do not generate heat; instead, they transfer it. Analogous to an air conditioner operating in reverse, these devices extract ambient heat from the environment and amplify it to warm our homes. Notably, their efficiency is commendable. Heat pumps can produce up to 3.5 times the amount of energy they consume, making them a highly cost-effective alternative to gas boilers.

The Victorian government has recognized this potential and is actively promoting the transition. A fund has been established to support the electrification of new homes, with a significant focus on integrating heat pumps. However, the journey isn’t devoid of challenges. Balancing the increased demand on the electrical grid, factoring in rising electricity prices, and ensuring consistent supply are issues that need meticulous planning.

In summary, while the move away from gas represents a significant change for Victoria, innovations like heat pumps provide a promising and efficient alternative. As the state progresses in this direction, the vision of a sustainable, eco-friendly future becomes increasingly tangible.

This is a summary article from Edge2020 – read the original article.

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Flying towards a cleaner future: Ecotricity’s electric airline using Hydrogen Electricity

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The UK is about to welcome the first electric airline using Hydrogen Electricity in the world!

Ecotricity’s green energy business is launching a plane with 19 seats that will fly between Southampton and Edinburgh. According to the company’s chief, the aircraft will initially run on kerosene-based fuel but will transition to hydrogen-electric engines a year from now.

What is the purpose of hydrogen electricity? Imagine it as a lunchbox full of sandwiches, only the sandwiches are hydrogen gas, and the lunchbox is a fuel cell. Instead of eating the sandwich as humans do, the fuel cell converts the hydrogen into electricity, supplying power to the plane’s engines.

This concept has an infinite number of possibilities. It may be a significant step in reducing aircraft emissions, which are very significant, especially for countries like Australia where transport, including air travel, contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

Other sectors are also embracing the hydrogen trend. Hydrogen service stations are planned for Australia, while a boat powered by hydrogen has been launched in China. Therefore, it is evident that the hydrogen era is not only a theory but is becoming a reality.

This is a summary article from Edge2020 – read the original article.

The team Edge Utilities are passionate about renewables and sustainability, we are energy brokers with an eye on the planet. We are committed to helping councils and business communities reach their net zero goals through renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs) and smart portfolio management.
To discuss options and plans for your community contact us at  or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 

Gas Cap Extension: What Small and Medium Business Owners Need to Know

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The Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen is considering a gas cap extension to the $12/GJ cap on wholesale gas prices. This cap, set to expire at the end of the year, affects both energy producers and users. If extended, it could provide more certainty for businesses that rely on gas for their operations.

Energy producers are worried about how the cap extension might affect long-term pricing, as it may include a “reasonable pricing” clause. This means gas companies can only charge a price based on production costs plus a reasonable margin, without considering their capital investments during exploration and development. Gas buyers can challenge contract prices through a formal dispute process.

Gas producers are waiting for the government’s decision on the cap extension before finalizing new gas supply contracts for 2024. The federal government is also expected to introduce a Petroleum Rent Tax, potentially increasing tax revenues by $100 billion. This tax may cause concerns among gas producers, leading to fluctuations in energy prices for businesses.

The new regulations may allow for exemptions, especially for new projects that increase domestic gas supply. The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) emphasizes the importance of gas in achieving a cleaner energy future, urging the government to create settings that encourage investment in new supply and put downward pressure on prices.

Australia must keep exploiting its gas resources to meet its net zero emission goals. In the long run, this should benefit the gas and electricity industry’s producers and end customers while assuring their security.

This is a summary article from Edge2020 – read the original article.

The team Edge Utilities are passionate about renewables and sustainability, we are energy brokers with an eye on the planet. We are committed to helping councils and business communities reach their net zero goals through renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs) and smart portfolio management.
To discuss options and plans for your community contact us at  or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Warning

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The catastrophic impact caused by rising greenhouse gases

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 6th Assessment Report (AR6) has shocked the scientific world and beyond. More than 250 climate scientists worked on this eight-year assessment, which drew an alarming conclusion about the catastrophic impact caused by rising greenhouse gases.

The report highlights that we are already experiencing the effects of 1.1 degrees Celsius warming, including summer arctic ice coverage, ocean acidification, and rising carbon dioxide levels. Moreover, it discusses the irreversible effects that can occur at as low as a 1.5-degree overshoot, including species extinction and loss of life.

The UN’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has urged nations to abandon the 2050 net-zero target for stronger 2040 packs while calling for developed nations to phase out coal by 2030 and block new oil or gas extraction. This, he believes, could hold us at the 1.5-degree warming cap. The upcoming COP28 in the UAE in November and December will be a true test of the global commitment to tackling climate change. However, with the chair being the CEO of the 12th largest oil business, there are concerns about softening approaches.

The AR6 shows that we are close to the point of no return and that the impacts of climate change require immediate action.

This is a summary article from Edge2020read the original article.

The team Edge Utilities are passionate about renewables and sustainability, we are energy brokers with an eye on the planet. We are committed to helping councils and business communities reach their net zero goals through renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs) and smart portfolio management.
To discuss options and plans for your community contact us at  or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 


Councils working towards net zero

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Enabling green power purchasing for your business community

Enabling the purchase of green power through a portfolio arrangement can be a powerful tool to support councils in their commitments towards emission reduction.  Working with your business community to encourage  them to purchase their power responsibly through a collective effort is the answer to reaching your council’s net zero goals. But where do you start with the administration and negotiations for such an arrangement?

Connecting businesses to a portfolio to buy green energy is easier than you would think.

Energy procurement specialists like Edge Utilities are adept at using the power of bulk purchasing to help businesses achieve goals, such as ensuring they are buying green electricity, and it can also lead to savings in many cases. In addition to sourcing energy through sustainable suppliers, they will negotiate and contract on behalf of the businesses, and by having support from a consultant who can take an aggregated portfolio approach widens the opportunity for those businesses to define and meet their desired outcomes.

So how can this be rolled out across a council or community with thousands of businesses?

Using the council’s connection to all the businesses in an area and great communication you can work with a businesses like Edge Utilities to encourage business owners to purchase their power through the portfolio aggregation arrangement. This will enable the majority of the jurisdiction to be buying green power, with the joy of someone else managing the administration through a custom built portal, or in some cases with a little marketing budget a microsite, branded as a council initiative.

Each business will still have their own contracts and power bills, but by joining the portfolios to a large proposition, they can tap into the benefits of buying renewable energy and potential savings through bulk purchasing.

Why do it?

One word, emissions. Collectively the businesses in a council area would be responsible for a large percentage of the emissions in the area,  and due to government legislation, most councils will have committed to reducing those emissions.

Setting up the opportunity for businesses to make an easy transition to purchasing renewable power in your council area will certainly support emission reduction goals.

The benefits are:
  1. Emission Reduction: Encouraging renewable energy procurement for the businesses in that area, can enable councils to actively reduce their carbon emissions.
  2. Simplicity: Having expert energy providers manage it on your behalf allows businesses within your constituent access to an easy option to know they are buying green energy, as well as have the contractual admin managed by someone else.
  3. Education: Offering a service like this to the businesses in your council area through a specially designed portal, will give you the opportunity to educate your community on energy consumption.
  4. Potential cost savings: The more businesses that join the portfolio the more opportunity portfolio managers have to make potential savings on energy through bulk purchasing.
  5. Demonstrating Leadership: By providing an easy to use, admin free opportunity for local businesses to move to green power, councils can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and set an example for other organisations to follow.

How to do it – The portfolio model

Energy partners like Edge Utilities  work with councils to help communicate with the businesses in the area and enable the switch to green through a customised portal, to sign up to join the portfolio. The actual contracts are held individually by each business, they will all receive their own bills.

There is no cost for the re-contracting service, much like mortgage brokers there is no out-of-pocket cost to the council or individual businesses for the use of our services. We are remunerated by the retailers we set up the contracts through, making it a win win situation for emission reduction goals, potential savings for the businesses and the opportunity for the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio (EUPP) to grow.

The council’s job therefore becomes purely engagement and education, notifying businesses that they have created the opportunity for a simple switch to contribute towards your net zero goals by joining the portfolio.

Overall, communities purchasing renewable energy through a power portfolio can provide a cost-effective and reliable way for councils and business communities to transition to net-zero emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future.


The team Edge Utilities are passionate about renewables and sustainability, we are energy brokers with an eye on the planet. We are committed to helping councils and business communities reach their net zero goals through renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs) and smart portfolio management.
To discuss options and plans for your community contact us at  or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 





What shade of green is your business?

  • Do you use a re-usable bag when you shop?
  • Do you recycle at home and work?
  • Do you conserve water where you can?
  • Do you turn off you lights when they aren’t being used?
  • Do you try and avoid single use plastics?

These are choices we all naturally make every day, and all contribute towards a healthier planet. So, why would you not incorporate this concept into your business behaviour?

Of course, it is more complex for a business, especially larger energy users such as hotels, supermarkets, manufacturers, data centres, cold storage warehouses etc.  where large amounts of energy are required, but that doesn’t mean it has to be avoided.

Here we have tried to pull back the curtain and show you how Edge Utilities can easily assist in helping your company achieve their climate goals. This will not only allow you to future-proof your organisation but assist in ensuring your employees to feel like they work for a purpose driven company.

Now, if you investigate net-zero and what it means, a minefield opens

Do you include Scope 1? (direct emissions from company activity) and Scope 2 emissions? (indirect emissions from the power you purchase to use).  Scope 3 is an option. What is a scope 3 emission? It’s indirect emmissions that occur in your value chain, but are not controlled by you.

What are your company’s abilities to be green? Would you like a project linked – Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) or Carbon Offsetting? Does Green Power suit you more than a solar panel?

Corporate Emission Reduction Transparency (CERT)

With the Government’s Corporate Emission Reduction Transparency (CERT) report asking companies to describe how they will set and meet their targets, the UN are placing more pressure on companies to set and meet ambitious targets. Stakeholders and customers are increasingly demanding a green pledge from companies they use. So,  the time to act is now, but where do you start?

It doesn’t have to be this hard!

Let’s start at the beginning

What is Net Zero? Well don’t panic it isn’t eliminating all emissions. We are not trying to be moved back to cave men with stone tools and no internet (Hear the hooray from all 14 year-olds!).

Net Zero’s aim is to ensure any human-produced Carbon Dioxide (and other gasses such as Methane) are removed from the atmosphere, either by technological advances, reducing emissions or planting trees (they are pretty good at taking the CO2 out of the air and replacing it with oxygen, and I think we can all agree oxygen is a pretty handy gas to have about!)

So, what do you do as a company to get there?

Well first you define your emissions and boundaries. Not to put words in your mouth but with NGERs (National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme) reporting the answer for most companies we be “Well to Gate”(WtG)*. It also means you have your Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions all easily accessible.

If you don’t have an NGERs report, you can set your own by using something like the WWF Ecological Footprint calculator. Alternatively, you can ask a Carbon Neutrality advisor such as Edge with an in-house Climate Active© Registered Consultant to define your carbon footprint.

So now you know your emissions to reduce. The big question then is, which is where we can end up in a quagmire: How green is your green?

Carbon credits

Some companies are happy to carbon offset their emissions using certificates bought from the wider market or a specific project. This can be through projects right here in Australia which create Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s) or abroad through other schemes. If you are offsetting 100 per cent of all your Greenhouse Gasses as a company, you can advertise you are 100% Carbon Neutral and have achieved Net Zero.

These certificates can usually only (currently) be bought on the open market for the current year. Therefore, Edge can assist in pairing you with a project and certificates for the length of your commitment.

What if this doesn’t sound like you though – What if you want your scope 2, or electricity usage, to come from another source, not be classified as carbon neutral . What if you wish for up to 100% of your electricity usage to be renewable green, using renewable electricity. You will still meet your ‘net zero’ target but you are classifying your electricity slightly differently.

Renewable Green

Well, have you ever driven past an Ikea or Bunning’s and seen the Solar on the roof? Some of these solar panel’s feed into the Governments GreenPower scheme where you can buy electricity which has come from a government accredited GreenPower source. If more than 10% of your electricity is from GreenPower you can utilise the GreenPower logo and marketing materials for your business to meet your social licence marketing materials.

Certificates aren’t your only option, however.

We can explore options to help your company offset its emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits or by investing in a wind or solar farm. One approach is to buy enough offtake from a renewable generator to ensure that all your company’s emissions are covered.

By doing this, your company can demonstrate its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.  This can be a positive message as it shows that your company is taking concrete steps towards a more sustainable future. Imagine your CEO on a press release next to a Solar Panel – ok not that glamorous – but effective!

Wind and Solar are often touted as the main sources of green renewable electricity, but we have a vast number of options here in Australia, including Hydropower from both rivers and dams as well as an increasing number of Battery projects, Victoria is leading the way with 48% of current battery capacity but the rest of the east coast is hot on its heels, and Victoria will not hold this share for long.

Green generation

A final option is to install your own generation and use this for some of your usage. It can also be used for you to show you are physically investing in your company’s net zero pledge.

However, you want to get there, whichever green shade suits your business, we can help.

Edge will review your business’ requirements; all we need from you is a yes and we can help define the rest and paint your business with the right shade of green for you.

It really isn’t that hard. Pull back the curtain and join us. or contact Laura on 1800 334 336.

* Well-to-Gate (WtG) is a term used in the life cycle assessment (LCA) of a product or service to describe the environmental impacts associated with the production process up to the point where the product or service leaves the factory gate or production site.

Energy savings for boutique hotels and smaller chains

Boutique hotels

From our side of the fence as energy partners, we are accustomed to working with hotels, especially through our sister business Edge 2020 who look after power purchasing, progressive purchasing and renewables for some of Australia’s largest energy users. Large hotel brands fit right into this category with their 24 hours service, multiple locations, high rise format and climate-controlled comfort. So what if you are a boutique hotel, or a small chain, is there benefit in using a broker? And if so, what does it cost?

For smaller hotels energy brokers not only save you money, but we can also add value through:

boutique hotel

  • Negotiating energy supply contracts: We have extensive knowledge of the energy market and can negotiate better energy supply contracts on behalf of your hotel, ultimately saving you money on energy costs.
  • Sourcing renewable energy: We can help your purchase power from renewable energy sources. A responsible choice and a positive point of difference for your occupants.
  • Managing energy consumption: We can help and advise you on how to monitor and manage your energy consumption by analysing your energy usage data and making recommendations for reducing energy waste.
  • Compliance with regulations: We watch the market and are knowledgeable about current energy regulations. We can ensure that your hotel is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Improving energy efficiency: we can work with you to identify and implement energy-efficient strategies, diversifying your energy portfolio, to deliver you real savings.
What does an energy broker cost?

Edge Utilities operates much like a mortgage broker, or insurance broker – we work for you. Our team will find the best energy deal for your hotel’s requirements and then process the administration for you to transition to the new service. So contrary to popular belief, the service actually costs you nothing.

We are remunerated directly by the energy retailer upon settlement of your contract, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to the business for the use of our services.

How does it work?

At Edge we have recently set up a service for business energy users to leverage our collective buying power through what we have called the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio. We take your energy requirements to market in our portfolio, that attracts lower fees, and then overlay the power of bulk purchasing to achieve greater savings for individual businesses.

We still contract each business separately with the chosen retailer, but use a collective customer portfolio to negotiate on your behalf.

So, if you are not part of a global brand or one of Australia’s biggest energy users but still feel the rising price of energy hitting your bottom line, it might be worth reaching out for a discussion. Not only can we provide valuable expertise and support in your efforts to reduce energy costs, we can also lower your carbon footprint, and improve your energy efficiency.

If you feel you need more control of your hotel’s energy spend, please reach out to discuss joining our Edge Utilities Power Portfolio (EUPP) where we use the power of bulk purchasing to help Australian businesses of all sizes save on their energy bills. We’ll conduct a free no obligation comparison to show you how you can save. Read more: or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 

Hotels – how to reduce energy consumption and your rising power bill

Hotel dining and pool area

Rising energy costs are having a massive impact on hotel businesses and the travel industry across the world. A significant part of hotel operations management falls outside of filling beds and high electricity costs are a major contributor to soaring operating expenses. In addition to a price spotlight on energy there is also an important focus, and certainly customer pressure, to transition to energy supply from renewable resources. So, what can you do while the pressure is on?

Generating your own power through renewables sounds like a sensible idea but onsite renewable energy can be challenging to implement for many hotel sites, solar panels and batteries require significant investment and significant space.  It is challenging because in a post covid world priorities are changing and customers want to know hotels and restaurants are following sustainable practices, it influences their choices and this trend is continuing to grow. Millennials are particularly conscious consumers, and they are now the biggest market of all consumer age groups.

With all this in mind, “greenwashing” is not always the right path, and if generating your own power doesn’t make economic sense for your business then there are many other avenues you can take that will improve your sustainability rating, save energy and therefore reduce your hotel electricity costs.

So, what can hotels do to save on electricity?

Advances in technology now mean that there are several other solutions that can significantly reduce hotel energy outlay. In addition, energy brokers can help you buy energy more competitively. Not only can they negotiate on your behalf and buy at wholesale rates, but they can also build a power purchase portfolio that can support your sustainability goals as well as save you money.

A good place to start is to make sure that you have data on the energy use in your hotel. Keeping track of average energy usage, tracking peak times and patterns that lead to high energy bills is the most useful data you can have. Understanding your impacts will help you prioritise so you can take action in the areas which will have the highest impact. A hotel can cut its overall energy expenses 20 percent by using basic energy efficient measures, this is good for you and for the planet.

10 energy saving tips to bring electricity bills down:

  1. Tracking and processes, remembering the old saying of what is measured gets managed. Work with your team and encourage them to be aware, turn off lights, close fridges etc.
  2. Nudge your occupants to be more aware of energy consumption, even just with simple messaging. There’s an interesting study on this HERE
  3. Use LED light bulbs, they use less than a quarter of the energy of traditional bulbs and they last longer.
  4. Install smart climate and lighting control thermostats and sensors. These are real-time sensors that can adjust and detect changes in occupancy on a room-by-room basis. Clever technology that can save you money on lighting, ventilation, air conditioning and heating.
  5. Consider keycard managed power switches if you don’t already have them.
  6. Look at your equipment – modernising equipment can save. e.g., ventilation and extraction system in kitchens, refrigeration, dishwashing, your HVAC systems, pool equipment etc. There are some very interesting figures from Sustainability Victoria on equipment in the hospitality industry HERE.
  7. Retro-fit existing west (sun) facing windows with energy-saving furnishings or film.
  8. Regularly clean and service your air conditioning and ventilation systems and service your heating/hot water boilers, this can reduce the monthly energy costs by 10%.
  9. Plants and green walls help modify temperature and naturally purify the air.
  10. Definitely consider solar if it could be suitable for your premises.

Save money and the planet

With energy prices continuing to rise and customer opinion paramount, becoming energy efficient is now a necessity. Going green is no longer just a trend. 2030 and indeed 2050 is fast approaching, and we are all (thankfully!) becoming more environmentally conscious. You can reduce your operating costs and your carbon footprint with commitment and focus. Maximpact Ecosystems (a UK based advisory) estimate that in hotels:

“Energy costs amount to 5-8% of overall operational costs, and while this number might seem low or insignificant, the truth is that energy is often the second highest controllable portion of costs after labour. Energy efficient practices can provide energy savings of 20-35%, which over time can make a big impact on the bottom line.”


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The team Edge Utilities are passionate about renewables and sustainability, we are energy brokers with an eye on the planet. Our customers’ most common goals are savings and sustainability, we are pragmatic in our approach and would love to help you reach your goals.
 If you feel you need more control of your hotel’s energy spend, please reach out to discuss joining our Edge Utilities Power Portfolio (EUPP) where we use the power of bulk purchasing to help Australian businesses of all sizes save on their energy bills. We’ll conduct a free no obligation comparison to show you how you can save. Read more: or call us on 1800 334 336 to discuss. 


Save money on business energy bills

Power Portfolio

Edge Utilities launch the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio to help Australian businesses save on energy costs

With energy prices at an all-time high and continuing to rise, the team at Edge Utilities are using the power of bulk purchasing to help Australian businesses of all sizes save on energy bills. We’ve developed the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio (EUPP) to give every Australian business access to the SAME savings as large energy users and shield them from rising energy prices.

Shield your business from rising energy costs:

By taking multiple energy users to market as one larger group, we can access bulk purchasing prices, saving on what you are currently paying for your energy. Joining the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio (EUPP) means you can access these savings AND have your energy portfolio managed by one of Australia’s leading energy management teams.

We do the hard work for you.

Through the EUPP you are joining a large power portfolio to which we apply portfolio optimisation analytics. You will be taking advantage of procurement strategies usually only available to really large users. We negotiate terms that you could never achieve on your own. With the right portfolio, we can even support your transition to renewable energy with minimal impact on your energy rates.

Who is Edge Utilities?

Under our parent company, Edge 2020, we have provided energy broker services for over 14 years, working with Australia’s largest energy users, including BHP, Glencore and SBS.

From the moment you join the EUPP, our energy team works for you. The sooner we start, the sooner you save. 

As a launch special, Edge Utilities is waiving the sign-up fee to join the EUPP. Even more savings for you.
For more information on the Edge Utilities Power Portfolio, visit: 

Let’s talk Energy Markets


In the past 2 years, the market has dropped from highs of over $75/MWh in August 2019 then following the events outlined on the chart below the market price dropped to historic lows of around $36/MWh. Following some volatility at the start of 2021 driven by a hot summer, the market firmed and increased further because of the catastrophic failure of Callide C4 and the tripping of many other power stations.

The chart below shows that the underlying spot price (light blue line) has continued to spike and trend up resulting in increases in the contract prices. Another interesting aspect of price curves is how market announcements such as the cost of coal and gas can impact the curve. In months, the curve softened but spiked due to conflicts in Ukraine causing coal and gas, a key input to thermal generation, to increase in price.

The spot price of these commodities is not directly linked to the fuel price used by generators in the next quarter, so the market has now softened.

Future years are also becoming cheaper year on year as renewable energy takes a larger share of the market and renewable energy is expected to continue to fall in price.

Having recently undertaken a few requests for proposals (RFP) for our clients, we are aware there is good value for companies willing to take up longer term renewable PPAs. More and more projects are becoming available post 2023/24.

Undertaking a renewable PPA will go towards meeting many companies’ sustainability targets through the procurement of renewable energy and environmental certificates.

Below are the contact details for Alex. He would be happy to discuss your company’s sustainability targets and how we can help the business reach them.

Alex Driscoll

Senior Manager Markets, Trading & Advisory

M: 0437 966 409

P: (07) 3905 9226

T: 1800 334 336