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Australia - Smart Grid - Major Players and Projects

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Significant progress has been made within the industry in relation to the deployment of smart technologies that, over time, will create a smart national grid.

The past five years have seen confusion, resistance and the lack of a strategic approach towards a holistic policy aimed at creating a smarter energy structure that could reduce energy usage by 30%-40% without having a major impact on people’s lifestyle, just by being smarter. All of the electricity companies are now involved in the implementation of smart grids – a process that will take a decade, or perhaps several decades, to complete.

Overall some $200 billion will be invested in the national energy structure (not just smart grids). The first results from projects such as Smart Grid, Smart City indicate that the results greatly exceed expectations; the same applies to companies involved in the smart meter rollout in Victoria. However a holistic government policy continues to be the key to success, rather than the current hotchpotch of policies. Energy is heavily influenced by government regulations and unless that is sorted out it is difficult for the industry to develop cohesive strategies that will see a more comprehensive approach towards a smarter energy system for the country.

This report gives an overview of the major players in the Australian smart grid market and related projects.

Companies covered in this report include:

ActewAGL; AGL Energy; Aurora Energy; Ausgrid; CitiPower and Powercor; Endeavour Energy; Energex; Ergon – Nexium Telecommunications; Essential Energy; Horizon; Hydro Tasmania; IBM; Jemena; Network NSW; Powerlink; SA Power Networks; SP Ausnet; Telstra; Transgrid; United Energy; Western Power

1. Synopsis
2. Major Players
2.1 AGL Energy (AGL)
2.2 ActewAGL
2.2.1 Smart meters
2.2.2 Largest renewable energy deal in Australia
2.2.3 Bundling strategies
2.3 Aurora Energy
2.4 CitiPower and Powercor
2.5 Energex
2.5.1 Demand Management
2.5.2 Energex Smart Grid Capabilities
2.5.3 Energex Smart Grid Trials Project
2.6 Ergon Energy
2.6.1 Nexium Telecommunications
2.6.2 Digital Radio Network
2.6.3 Services
2.6.4 Internet
2.6.5 Townsville Energy Sense Community
2.6.6 Electric vehicles
2.6.7 Solar Cities project
2.7 Horizon Power
2.8 Hydro Tasmania
2.9 Jemena
2.10 Network NSW
2.10.1 Ausgrid
2.10.2 Endeavour Energy (formerly Integral)
2.10.3 Essential Energy
2.11 Power and Water Corporation
2.12 Powerlink
2.12.1 Overview
2.12.2 Telecommunications activities
2.13 SA Power networks
2.14 SP AusNet
2.14.1 Overview
2.14.2 Electricity transmission assets
2.14.3 Electricity distribution assets
2.14.4 Gas distribution assets
2.14.5 Broadband-over-powerlines (BPL) trial in Mt Beauty
2.14.6 Telecoms activities
2.14.7 WiMAX-based smart grid
2.14.8 AMI roll out
2.14.9 Critical Peak Demand Price for large customers
2.14.10 Energy Management System
2.15 Telstra moving into smart grids
2.16 TransGrid
2.16.1 Overview
2.16.2 Telecommunications network
2.17 United Energy
2.18 Western Power
2.18.1 Overview
2.18.2 Perth Solar City
2.18.3 Smart Grid trial
2.18.4 Smart Grid air-conditioner trial
2.18.5 In-Home Display trial (IHD)
2.18.6 Time-of-Use Tariff Trial
2.18.7 Solar photovoltaic saturation trial
2.18.8 Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems
2.18.9 Fibre Networks
3. Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC)
4. Related reports
Chart 1 – Best features of an intelligent meter survey – 2010
Exhibit 1 - Essential Energy: Smart Grid in Action
Exhibit 2 – Non-regulated business (telecoms) activities

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