November 2016 issue | Archived issues

Increase your productivity and reduce costs

Welcome to our November e-bulletin, bringing you news and information to help your business use energy more productively.

Have your say: brand new Climate Change Policy Framework

The NSW Government has released the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, which will guide future policy and programs on climate change and renewable energy.

OEH paves the way for you to join the battery storage revolution

The Office of Environment and Heritage has launched a suite of resources for businesses interested in using battery storage technology.

The resources provide information on cutting-edge battery technologies, their application and current pricing to help NSW businesses understand, investigate and buy battery storage systems.

The resources include:

  • i am your battery storage guide: a business buying and usage handbook– to help businesses understand different battery storage systems and whether they are a good fit for their facilities.
  • Battery storage for business: the essentials– an overview of the technology including how battery storage systems work.
  • Battery storage for business: an investment decision tool – gives businesses a snapshot of installation requirements and the expected return on investment from installing a battery storage system.
  • A price estimate template - for businesses owners who wish to obtain quality quotes for the supply and installation of a battery storage system.
  • The battery storage for business training course – to help professionals confidently navigate through this new and exciting technology.

Battery storage technology provides financial and environmental benefits, and can also increase energy security and independence.

One business that worked with OEH on battery storage found that installing a system could increase the use of renewable energy on site from 40% to 65%.

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DP Ag’s solar-diesel hybrid success

Moree cotton farm DP Ag has saved an estimated $46,500 per year after installing a solar-diesel hybrid irrigation system that uses less than half the diesel of its old system.

 DP Ag was able to make the energy efficiency upgrade with support from the Office of Environment and Heritage.

DP Ag’s new pumping system is saving it on average more than 40,000 litres of diesel annually – a 60% saving.

The farm’s system upgrade also included an energy management control system with a variable speed drive to better regulate the pump motor’s power needs.

Read the case study (PDF 174KB)

OEH launches free online courses

The Office of Environment and Heritage has launched a range of free online courses for businesses looking to increase their energy efficiency efforts.

Businesses can now access several 15 to 30-minute online courses on topics including voltage optimisation, refrigeration basics and building a business case.

For businesses that are just starting their energy journey or those wanting a teaser of some more complex subjects, our introductory online courses have been developed to suit your needs.

Free online OEH courses:

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Snapshot of success

"We’ve boosted cooling capacity while reducing our energy use by 17%, saving us more than $184,000 per year."Tarek Heiland, Engineering Manager, De Bortoli Wines.

Energy saving tips for your industry

We’ve developed new webpages to assist businesses in specific sectors easily locate the tools and top tips to be more energy efficient. Check out our page for those working in registered clubs.

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Experts predict energy productivity future

Leaders in agribusiness, manufacturing and the built environment came together at the Office of Environment and Heritage's Energy Productivity in Action event to share their thoughts on energy efficiency and productivity initiatives in Australia.

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Upcoming training courses

From the entry level to the more technical, there’s something for everyone looking to make better use of energy.

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Tools and other resources for your business

We’ve developed a number of tools and resources that will help you with your energy project. Check out our calculators here and our technology and sector guides here. A step-by-step walkthrough on selecting and obtaining the right financing for your project can be found here.

Contact us

The Energy Efficient Business team of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage offers technology advice, training and assistance with accessing energy efficiency finance. To find out how your organisation can save energy, visit our webpage, email us, or phone 1300 361 967 (ask for the Energy Efficient Business team).

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