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Australia - Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - Moving into 2016

Australia - Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - Moving into 2016

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. From UtiliTel to Smart Grid to Smart Energy and Smart Cities.
3. Analysis: smart grid market developments in 2016
4. Progress hampered by lack of smart energy policies
5. Industry analysis mid 2015
6. SGA Industry analysis
7. Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy
8. Challenges for the future
9. Delighting and exciting electricity customers
10. Electricity death spiral'
11. Energy industry in transition
12. Storage technologies making progress
12.1 Market estimates
12.2 The effect on smart grids
13. Energy retail market developments
14. People power in the energy market
15. Key international Developments
15.1 Googles acquisition of Nest will affect the utilities
15.2 Resource and energy management are hot issues all around the world
15.3 Energy Internet of Things
15.4 Transactive Energy
15.5 Linking ICTs with climate action for a low-carbon economy
15.6 The UN Broadband Commission and RIO+20
15.6.1 Renewing our commitment towards sustainable development
15.6.2 Broadband for the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development
15.6.3 Turning vision into action
15.7 OECD publishes report on internet of things and M2M
15.7.1 New Technology
15.7.2 New Markets
15.7.3 New Policies
15.8 Driving smarter energy usage through consumer education
15.9 Smart technology to improve generation performance
16. Business analyses
16.1 Australian Smart grids from a global perspective
16.2 Business case for smart grid appears strong
16.3 Home Automation Service Strategies
17. Key Analyses Australia
17.1 Ground-breaking standard for smart grids
17.2 Investments in the Australian smart grid market
17.3 New business opportunities for mining and energy industries
17.4 Energy in Australia remains cheap
17.5 Peak demand requires a smarter energy distribution concept
17.6 Government should show leadership in smart energy policies
17.7 Smart technologies challenging traditional energy scenarios
17.8 The business case for solar energy is getting closer
18. Key developments Australia
18.1 AGL launches battery storage
18.2 Households can save $100-$200
18.3 Spending increases to $2.4 billion in 2012
18.4 NBN facilitates wind farm
18.5 Fuel Poverty
19. Surveys and statistics
19.1 2014 Australian Energy Update
19.1.1 Energy consumption
19.1.2 Energy production
19.1.3 Electricity generation
19.1.4 Energy trade
19.1.5 UBS: Tesla Powerwall can deliver six-year payback in Australia
19.2 Australian energy survey
19.3 Worldwide smart grid spending will reach $46.4B in 2015
19.4 Microgrids revenue to reach $17.3 Billion by 2017
20. Industry reform
20.1 Two decades in the making
20.2 Retail reform
20.3 Deregulation of retail prices
20.4 NEM Review
20.5 Network Costs
20.6 Network pricing reform
21. Separate background reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Machine-to-machine applications and technologies, by dispersion and mobility
Exhibit 1 - Key developments in the industry moving forwards
Exhibit 2 - How to move forwards
Exhibit 3 - Example - Solar PV

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