Many businesses had been recalibrating their energy strategy over a number of years, quietly ramping up interest and investment in energy efficiency, renewables and demand management.
Many more started that process in earnest in 2017, as costs surged and businesses moved to take control of their energy position.
In mid-2017 the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) was approached about the ways we could support businesses to navigate this more dynamic energy landscape.
While approaches came from different quarters – EEC members, businesses, their industry associations and governments – there was a consistent story.
Senior executives and directors without backgrounds in energy were finding a big gap. At one end of the spectrum were the news articles they read each morning with their coffee; at the other end were the hundreds of pages of analysis generated by bodies like the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
It became clear there was a need for something in between – a practical, approachable briefing on the drivers for the transformation taking place in Australia’s energy markets, how those drivers play out in business energy bills, and the options which businesses have to take control of their energy position.