This year has been one of the most volatile in Australia's energy history.
It has been punctuated by some of the highest electricity prices in the world, a future gas shortage, power station closures, fears of a repeat of South Australia's total state blackout, and a half-built energy policy as a breakwater against an under strain power grid's failure.
The National Electricity Market - a series of interconnecting energy assets that powers the east coast - is undergoing an enormous transformation, as more renewable energy comes in and older coal-fired generation is shut down.
While the NEM was pushed to its limits in February, when a heatwave hit the coast and stressed out the entire system, AGL's announcement that it would close the NSW Liddell coal-fired power plant was the straw that broke the camel's back and made the Turnbull government realise a change was needed immediately. It came after more than a decade of inaction at the federal level from successive governments.
The company gave plenty of forewarning - several years of warning - but were crucified by a government that was blindsided by flow-on effects that the closure of Victorian Hazelwood brown-coal-fired power station earlier in the year would have for the rest of the country.
Since then, the government has scrambled to ensure Australia would not be caught in the same position and tried and reverse the ever-increasing power prices.
But this power storm is not going to break come 2018, at least not until mid-next year.
If you live in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, or Canberra, then the situation will just get worse.
In its latest electricity trends report, the Australia Energy Market Commission (AEMC) predicts prices across the country will rise sharply in the first quarter of 2018 before falling by 6.2 per cent each year on average over the next two years from July thanks to falling wholesale energy costs in every state except for WA, the NT, and ACT.
Annual electricity bills will peak this current financial year at around $1275 for an average residential user. By the 2019-20 financial year, bills will drop to an average of $1075.
It forecast that around 5.3 gigawatts of new power would come online between 2016-17 and 2019-20, the majority of which - about 4.9 gigawatts - would be renewable generation, which would help drive down energy costs in the medium-term.
A change is coming.
But the real trend won't big energy companies building renewables; the real step-change will be people power.
The most difficult part has been getting people to care about electricity, and changing the mindset from one that ends at the light switch to one where consumers realise they have the power.
This mindset shift is finally beginning to happen.
Solar panels and batteries are becoming ordinary conversation topics around the barbecue, and their uptake is increasing. Installing solar panels is becoming the norm.
For renters and those who don't own their own homes, groups are even building solar gardens where you can buy solar panels in a small scale solar farm to gain ongoing credits on your power bills.
Batteries are now being seen as the "loveable sidekick" of solar panels, and after Tesla's enormous battery storage installation in South Australia, a real viable option for consumers to get more out of their solar.
Energy efficiency and demand response will become the hot topics of 2018.
While demand response has been awkwardly discussed in the media, it has seen growing support from a public who realise they can take part and manage their own energy security, and be rewarded for doing so.
The Australian Energy Market Operator has managed to secure 1000 megawatts of energy, half the generation capability of the Liddell power station, through demand response programs.
By using less power during times of peak demand through a variety of methods such as not using pool pumps, energy users can participate in helping level the energy load. They can also use apps to measure their own consumption and find ways to reduce their usage.
The real energy story of 2018 will be people power, and how the consumer will be taking their energy consumption and control into their own hands.