ESKIES - Energy Resilience in Extreme Weather Events

If you live or work in an area affected by bushfires, floods or extreme weather, we want to hear about your experience with the power supply through these events.

Werombi Bushfire

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We'd like to speak to homes and businesses in areas where the power supply is affected by fires, floods and extreme weather

  • who may have lost power due to extreme weather events, or
  • who are concerned about future power outages, and
  • who may or may not have solar and/or batteries (whether on- or off-grid)
 You might have valuable experience that, if shared, could help other people and communities improve their energy reliability.
By participating in the Energy Sustainability through Knowledge and Information Exchange and Sharing (ESKIES) study, you‘ll help build a better understanding in the community of how solar, batteries and other power sources can be used to keep phones charged and lights and appliances running through extreme events.

We’d like to:

  • Interview you about your experiences
  • Collect your energy consumption and generation data

Participants will be compensated for their time with a $50 gift card for each interview, workshop or focus group. (Note that invitation to participate is at the discretion of the research team and is not guaranteed.)

If you’re happy for us to interview you and / or collect your electricity data, please register here.

Study Overview

The study aims to build energy resilience in vulnerable communities by developing an understanding of the role that solar, batteries and other renewable energy sources, as well as energy management approaches, can play in maintaining electricity supply to regional and rural communities during bushfires and other disruptions to the electricity grid.

We will be collecting and analysing participants’ energy data, and sharing community experiences among communities affected by fires, floods and storms across NSW. We will also conduct scenario visioning workshops with participants to explore how options to build energy resilience can align with community priorities and meet their needs.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about the project, please leave us a message here or call 02 9348 0562.

Register to participate

If you live in an area affected by fire, flood or storms and would like to share your experiences and/or energy data, please register here.

Project Partners

This is a Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) project funded through the joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

  • CEEM - UNSW Sydney
  • Australian PV Institute
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

CEEM Project Team