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An ‘Airbnb’ for energy could help home share power


A new study reveals Australians eager to shift to clean technologies like solar are keen on platforms similar to Airbnb or Uber that would enable them to trade and share their excess power. Building on their previous research investigating the roles of households in Australia’s energy system, RMIT University and Monash University researchers have released a new report that finds energy sharing platforms may effectively assist the transition to new energy technologies, cleaner energy, and better consumer outcomes. The research found that households already consider feeding electricity into the grid for collective use as a form of sharing energy with other households – but that they want to be confident their home-generated, clean electricity benefits people who need it, rather than boosting energy company profits.

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