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Decentralised Electricity

Decentralised Electrical Energy

Current in Australia, 75% of all electricity consumed is generated by 3 companies. Furthermore, the majority of this power is generated in centralised locations and then transported via the power grid to the end user.

Centralised power: Why?

Historically, power stations in Australia have been located near to where their fuel source was. Either near the coal fields for coal-fired power stations, or near dams for hydroelectric. This made a lot sense, as it was a lot more economical to transport electricity via the grid than it was moving coal; and obviously you can’t move a dam.

However, the issues with this model are the costs of building the infrastructure required (Power Stations and the Power Grid) meant that competition would always be kept to a minimum. 

Decentralised power: What changed?

The biggest disrupter to electricity generation has been the development of renewable energy generation. This has allowed us to generate electricity in a lot more places to where we used to be able. In fact, it has been estimated that about 13% of our electricity usage in Australia is generated by decentralised, renewable energy sources. 

What are the advantages of decentralised power?

There are several advantages to decentralised power. These are:

  • Cheaper power with more competition
  • More efficient with less loss of power through transmission
  • More reliable; you’re in control
  • Lower infrastructure costs