Tim Forcey: Switching off gas


The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has examined the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market.
Some of the numerous key findings of this important study include:

  • Gas demand peaked in 2012 and is forecast to decline in all sectors: electricity generation, the industrial/manufacturing sector, and in buildings.

  • Gas demand could fall to half of the 2012 peak by 2025.

  • Some householders can significantly reduce their energy bills by using efficient electrical appliances such as heat pumps (e.g. reverse cycle air conditioners) and induction cook tops instead of gas.

The MEI report says that large Victorian homes could save as much as $658 a year if they switched off gas heating and increasingly used air conditioners with "heat pump" technology in them. Tim Forcey, the report's author and energy adviser at the Melbourne Energy Institute will join us to present his key findings on why we should be fuel switching from gas to electricity. 

The full report Switching off gas - An examination of declining gas demand in Eastern Australia can be downloaded from the MEI website here.

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Further reading:
The Age: 'Heat pump' tech could save Victorian homes up to $658 a year on gas: report
BZE podcast: Tim Forcey MEI - Economic fuel switching
The Conversation: Get more out of your solar power system by using water as a battery
The Conversation: It’s cold in my house and the price of gas is going up – what can I do?
The Conversation: A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast ‘shortage’
3AW: New report shows 'game changer' to bring down household gas prices
RenewEconomy: Household gas demand to fall 50% within 10 years

6:30 - 8pm Monday 7 September 2015

McCoy Building
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Stop 111 Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets on tram routes 1 & 8.
Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp.
Entry: Gold coin donation

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm.