Shoalhaven hydro set to play a key role in renewable future
22 May 2018
We're set to expand Shoalhaven hydro, which will supply more reliable and affordable energy to customers, and support the shift to renewables.
You're going to want to turn your volume up... on whatever device you are planning to watch this impressive video on.
Written by Jordaine Chattaway
Now, I wouldn't say I am a car girl. I have dreams of one day driving my own white Maserati but - other than that - I don't really get the obsession with cars ... that was until I saw this video. You have to see this car to believe it.
So, why do we care about a car? Well - this car just happens to be equipped with 41,999 LED lights (and we love LED lights).
The car is programmed with dynamic designs which are able to react to music and movement. So, with out further ado, get ready to be moved.
The Lexus LIT IS claims to "send signals like no car before". And, while I can't see myself driving this crazy piece of engineering, I can almost guarantee it would catch my attention on the road. Although, this piece of brilliance would most certainly be a road hazard and therefore, it's no surprise that it is not for sale.
So, just like us, you'll have to enjoy from afar.
Innovation at Origin
We're committed to helping secure a cleaner energy supply because we want a cleaner, better future for all Australians and the planet. Here’s a few examples of how we're focussing on energy innovation and leading the way to a clean energy future.
Correct as of 17 August 2017
1. We're trialling next gen home energy solutions
In collaboration with California-based tech start-up Bidgely, Origin will shortly begin trialing the new solution with 5,000 customers in Victoria, providing them with a rare insight into where energy is being used in their household and helping them to manage their energy costs.
2. We've launched O Hub
Our Bidgely trial (see above) is one of the first projects being run out of O hub - a new office in Melbourne where Origin people are co-located with Australian tech start-ups, which is dedicated to rapidly prototyping, developing and trialing new customer solutions.
3. We co-founded Free Electrons
Origin is a proud co-founder of Free Electrons – a global accelerator bringing together eight forward-thinking utilities and 12 leading start-ups in renewables, smart grids, electric vehicles and home energy management.
4. We've established a presence in Silicon Valley
Origin is establishing a presence in Palo Alto, California – helping facilitate our access to the vibrant Silicon Valley start-up community.
5. We're supporting clean energy innovation
Principal sponsor of EnergyLab – the new home for clean energy innovation and Australian Energy technology start ups, which is located at the University of Technology, Sydney.
6. We mean business when it comes to climate change
We have committed to closing our single coal-fired power station, Eraring in NSW, at the end of its life in the 2030s and are accelerating our investment in renewables. Origin was the world’s first energy company to sign up to seven initiatives of the We Mean Business coalition, a worldwide group of NGOs, signatory companies and institutional investors committed to limiting climate change impacts to 2oC. Read more about it here.
7. We’re already making big leaps in renewable energy
Origin is one of Australia’s largest supporters of renewable energy, with a portfolio of more than 700MW of owned or contracted renewable energy. We have invested in wind generation for more than a decade and by 2020, we intend to add up to 1500 MW of new, large-scale renewable energy to our portfolio. In the past year, we have signed a series of long-term agreements to buy the power produced by solar farms across Australia including:
9. We are one of the largest providers of green energy in Australia
We have more than 150,000 green energy customer accounts, making us one of the largest Australian providers of GreenPower and Green Gas products. Green power is energy sourced from government accredited renewable power sources.
10. We’re solar experts
We have 410,000+ Origin electricity customers with rooftop solar installed who receive feed-in tariffs for the extra solar energy they produce. Origin is also Australia’s second largest installer of residential solar systems, having directly sold and installed around 85,000 residential solar systems.
11. We believe a balanced supply is important
Gas will be the key to managing the transition to lower carbon and providing reliability and affordability as renewable energy grows. Origin’s generation portfolio consists of mainly gas-fired power stations, which are lower emissions and can be started more quickly than coal to step in and provide electricity when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. We’ll keep doing what we can to decarbonise our energy supply and economy, while making sure our responsibilities as the largest energy provider in Australia are met at all times
More about the author
Jordaine leads Origin’s Social Media Content by day and runs her own fashion news outlet, The Modern Black, by night. The former newspaper and television journalist loves to play with words and has a passion for finding new ways to change the world for the better ... one little step at a time.