The New Energy Future Series

As a leading consultancy serving the infrastructure and resources sectors, and on the basis of extensive research, Advisian believes that the world is on the verge of a major upheaval in how energy is produced and consumed. This will fundamentally reshape not only the energy industry but also many other aspects of economic activity and everyday life.

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Welcome to the New Energy Future Series

The world is on the verge of a major upheaval in how energy is produced and consumed. This will fundamentally reshape not only the energy industry but also many other aspects of economic activity and everyday life.

Long-established energy businesses will be challenged by the shift to a new paradigm, as will policymakers and many consumers, particularly those who are themselves major players in industry. Some will find their business models disrupted, but we believe this is also a time of great opportunity for those that prepare adequately.

The New Energy Future is a series of white papers, written by principals from the Advisian team, that aims to brief readers on major issues arising from the global energy transition. This second chapter of the series explores how the uptake of electric vehicles will affect transport markets and paints a picture of what the transport energy supply is likely to look like in the near future.

I hope you find this white paper enlightening and are encouraged by the possibilities it presents, not just for a changed world, but for a better one.

Adrian Smith - Global CEO

The New Energy Future is a series of white papers that aims to brief readers on major issues arising from the transition currently underway in the world of energy, apprising them of the pitfalls and opportunities ahead. It will extend the boundaries of what we can expect from the new energy future in the Australian context and outline the possibilities it presents of not just a changed world, but a better one.

New Energy Future Chapters

Chapter One | The Global Transition

In some Australian suburbs, you are in the minority if you don’t have solar panels on your rooftop. This modular, simple generation technology is tangible evidence of a transition inexorably occurring, involving several seemingly independent factors converging to revolutionise the way energy is generated and consumed. 

This transition will parallel the emergence of the internet in creating far-reaching and unforeseeable effects. Because energy is so fundamental to the way we live, major changes to how we produce and use it will reshape numerous aspects of our society and economy. In a country like Australia, awash with energy, this transition could be profound.

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Chapter Two | Electric Vehicles: disrupting the energy mix? 

This second chapter of the series explores how the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) will affect transport markets and community behaviour, and paints a picture of what the transport energy supply is likely to look like in the near future.

If EVs are to deliver the hoped-for GHG emissions savings, increased renewable energy will need to be used to charge them. Here, the most likely scenario seems to be that home solar systems, used in conjunction with large-capacity storage batteries, will drive GHG emissions reductions and at the same time deliver savings on energy costs to EV users.

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