PERTH'S residential growth corridors have experienced the biggest uptake of solar panels in the state, with suburbs at the fringe of the metropolitan area proving to be the biggest buyers under government incentive schemes.
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The state government has released details of its plan to overhaul the state's loss-making electricity generator Verve Energy, announcing changes to the vesting contract between Verve and electricity retailer Synergy.
Construction of a new $420 million NewGen Neerabup gas-fired power station has begun, with the 330 megawatt plant to provide additional capacity to the South West Interconnected System starting from next summer.
THE state's largest electricity retailer is strongly advocating the introduction of advanced metering, in-home displays and critical peak pricing so customers are provided with immediate price signals to modify their behaviour and energy use habits.
Power minnow Perth Energy has announced a deal to purchase $30 million of energy a year from state generator Verve Energy to supply customers at the lower end of the contestable range over the next five years.
It may be some time before a green-star building rating is mandatory for developers, but a number of businesses are getting ahead of the game and refurbishing their offices using green design principles.
Electricity retailer Synergy has emerged as the only one of the four disaggregated electricity corporations to exceed budget forecasts, reporting earnings before interest and tax of $64.9 million for the 2006-07 financial year.