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The social contract of electricity service

In an address to a group of British engineers in 1892, Hopkinson articulated many of what we would now identify as contemporary problems faced by electricity regulators. Hopkinson explored the issue of fixed versus variable tariffs, the problems of network cost...

Electricity networks and disruption

Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruption was originally based on his observations about disc drives. He saw that the manufacturers of 14” drives for mainframes had been driven out of business by manufacturers of 8” drives for mini-computers, and then the companies...

EROI of the Australian electricity supply industry

I recently did a presentation on the EROI of the Australian electricity supply industry. The key aims were – Calculate how much energy it takes to build, run and maintain the Australian electricity supply industry Disaggregate the feedstock fuels (coal, gas,...