Tim Forcey MEI - Economic fuel switching

Tim Forcey is Energy Advisor at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI). 

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. 

Download the MEI report here:

Switching off gas - An examination of declining gas demand in Eastern Australia.pdf

Tim's previous podcasts and presentations for BZE include:  

Tim Forcey Discussion Group Presentation: Switching off gas

Tim Forcey- NSW gas demand could halve in 10 years

Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, The Melbourne Energy Institute

Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now?

Tim Forcey has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy with ExxonMobil, BHP Billiton, and Jemena, including specific experience with assets such as the Bass Strait Joint Venture and the Queensland Gas Pipeline. During his time at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Tim led the publication of the 2011 Gas Statement of Opportunities, the 2012 South Australian Electricity Report, and the AEMO 100% Renewable Energy Study - Modelling Inputs and Assumptions.

With The University of Melbourne's Energy Institute (MEI), Tim has published reports and articles covering gas and electricity demand, gas-to-electricity fuel-switching, and pumped hydro energy storage technology and commercial applications. Tim has also worked part-time as a home energy consultant with the Moreland Energy Foundation – Positive Charge and has volunteered with the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and Beyond Zero Emissions. 

Tim ran some experiments at his own house and found that is cost $4.8/ day to heat his well-insulated house using gas (it would be ~$10/day for an average Melbourne house). He found that it cost $1.5/day by heating his house using heat pumps or reverse cycle airconditioners. 

Tim speaks to expert interviewer Richard Keech who is an engineer, consultant and author with particular interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Richard Keech has masters degrees in both Engineering (Electronics) and Environment (Energy Efficiency). He was a key author of the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan and a regular contributor to the ATA's publications on topics related to energy efficiency.  Richard recently wrote a book on home energy efficiency has just been published. He lives in Melbourne with his family in their zero-carbon home.