Australia - Smart Grid - Analysis - The market in 2010


This year will see many exciting developments in the smart grids area. Towards the end of 2010 the outline of Australia’s first smart grid project should become visible, and over the next three years important insight will be gained for a national rollout.

These developments will also stimulate others to move on from demonstration projects, and progress from smart meter rollouts towards smart grids. The initial results of this process will become evident in several projects being carried out in Victoria. They took leadership in smart meters, and this encouraged many other utilities to also focus on their underlying infrastructure. As a result we will start seeing their types of smart grids arrive in Australia in 2010.

There will be further pressure on the government to better align energy and environmental policies, as well as electricity regulations. The government can use its influence in this area to encourage electricity utilities to also invest in smart grids, rather than only in smart meters. The $100 million Smart Grid/Smart City project is discussed in a separate report: Australia - Smart Grids - Smart City-Smart Grid Project.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Trends and Developments in 2010
    • 2.1 Smart grid to deliver renewable energy
    • 2.2 Price of electricity to double
    • 2.3 The Prime Minister on smart grids
    • 2.4 Meters in Victoria not so smart
    • 2.5 Smart grid: $5 billion in annual benefits
    • 2.6 Electricity industry still not sure about smart grid
    • 2.7 Smart grids and CO2 emission savings
  • 3. Where are we in Australia in 2010?
    • 3.1 Can we develop an holistic policy?
    • 3.2 Smart grid concept gathering momentum
    • 3.3 Smart grids require policy changes
  • 4. Value of Australian Smart Grid market
  • 5. Regulatory framework
    • 5.1 Action needed
    • 5.2 Facilitating smart grids
    • 5.3 International benchmarks
    • 5.4 New spectrum proposal boost for smart grids
  • 6. ICT solutions for global warming and energy saving
  • 7. Industry issues
    • 7.1 Utilities need to be modernised
    • 7.2 Technology solutions need to be followed through
    • 7.3 The need for trans-sector approach
  • 8. Smart Grid/Smart City Project (separate report)
  • 9. Separate background reports

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Last updated 1 Oct 2010
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