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Australia - Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - 2014

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Australia - Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - 2014

With a better understanding of the complexity involved in the transformation of the electricity industry the words smart or future energy' are becoming more prominent. BuddeComm believes that the term smart grids' is too narrow and that eventually smart energy' will become the accepted terminology especially once the communications developments in national mobile and fixed broadband networks start to converge with smart grid developments. Smart grids unfortunately have become synonymous with smart meters, again leading to too narrow a view on this market.

Smart energy signifies a system that is more integrated and scalable, and which extends through the distribution system from businesses and homes and back to the sources of energy. Developments at the edge of the network will increasingly determine its future direction. A smarter energy system has sensors and controls embedded into its fabric. Because it is interconnected there is a two-way flow of information and energy across the network, including information on pricing. In addition to this it is intelligent, making use of proactive analytics and automation to transform data into insights and to efficiently manage resources.

This links with the telecoms development known as M2M or the internet of things' (IoT). For this to happen various functional areas within the energy ecosystem must be engaged consumers; business customers; energy providers; regulators; the utility's own operations; smart meters; grid operations; work and asset management; communications; and the integration of distributed resources.

With energy consumption expected to grow worldwide by more than 40% over the next 25 years demand in some parts of the world could exceed 100% in that time. This will produce an increase in competition for resources, resulting in higher costs. In an environment like this energy efficiency will become even more important.

Quite apart from any increased demand for energy in specific markets, the move to more sustainable technologies for example, electric vehicles and distributed and renewable generation will add even more complexity to operations within the energy sector. As was mentioned at the COP20 in Lima, technological innovations will have to play a larger role in climate change adaptation.

Concerns about issues such as energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness are triggering a shift in energy policy, technology and consumer focus. This, in turn, is making it necessary to move on from the traditional energy business model. Renewable energy, linked to distributed energy systems and battery storage, is going to be the game-changer here.

As a consequence electricity utilities could end up in a spiral of death' situation similar to that of the companies that invested in the building of the internet infrastructure they may own the means of delivering electricity and associated services, but may not be able to take advantage of the new business opportunities that will arise. This will limit their opportunities for future growth. Instead companies should develop a vortex of opportunities'.

Another problem will surface when, due to users reducing consumption and producing energy themselves through energy efficiency strategies, the traditional pricing models become inadequate in terms of maintaining the energy infrastructure.

The potential for transformation of the energy industry to smart energy is still at a very early stage. Valuable advances have already been made in some areas but consensus needs to be reached regarding a collective approach to interoperability and technical standards.

1. Synopsis
2. COP20 Conference Lima
2.1 Economic gains from climate change adaptation and innovations
2.2 Electricity companies and COP20
3. The G20 energy policy and where this will leave Australia
3.1 Australia could pay dearly for procrastinating
3.2 Electricity prices set to rise
3.3 People power will lead the market
4. Industry analysis mid 2014
5. Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy
6. Challenges for the future
7. Delighting and exciting electricity customers
8. Electricity death spiral'
9. Energy industry in transition
10. Storage technologies making progress
11. Energy retail market developments
12. People power in the energy market
13. Key international Developments
13.1 Googles acquisition of Nest will affect the utilities
13.2 Resource and energy management are hot issues all around the world
13.3 Energy Internet of Things
13.4 Transactive Energy
13.5 Linking ICTs with climate action for a low-carbon economy
13.6 The UN Broadband Commission and RIO+20
13.6.. Renewing our commitment towards sustainable development
13.6.. Broadband for the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development
13.6.. Turning vision into action
13.7 OECD publishes report on internet of things and M2M
13.7.. New Technology
13.7.. New Markets
13.7.. New Policies
13.8 Driving smarter energy usage through consumer education
13.9 Smart technology to improve generation performance
14. Business analyses
14.1 Australian Smart grids from a global perspective
14.2 Business case for smart grid appears strong
14.3 Home Automation Service Strategies
15. Key Analyses Australia
15.1 Ground-breaking standard for smart grids
15.2 Investments in the Australian smart grid market
15.3 New business opportunities for mining and energy industries
15.4 Energy in Australia remains cheap
15.5 Peak demand requires a smarter energy distribution concept
15.6 Government should show leadership in smart energy policies
15.7 Smart technologies challenging traditional energy scenarios
15.8 Need for holistic approach to energy policies
15.9 The business case for solar energy is getting closer
16. Key developments Australia
16.1 Households can save $100-$200
16.2 Spending increases to $2.4 billion in 2012
16.3 NBN facilitates wind farm
16.4 Australia Reopens Solar Funds Bid
16.5 Building a smart energy future
16.6 Fuel Poverty
17. Surveys and statistics
17.1 2013 Australian Energy Update
17.2 Australian energy survey
17.3 Australian Renewable Energy Targets
17.4 Worldwide smart grid spending will reach $46.4B in 2015
17.5 Microgrids revenue to reach $17.3 Billion by 2017
17.6 Smart Grid Implementation increases 25% in the past year
18. Separate background reports
Tabl. 1 - Machine-to-machine applications and technologies, by dispersion and mobility
Exhibi. 1 - Key developments in the industry moving forwards
Exhibi. 2 - How to move forwards into 2015

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