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Australia - Smart Grid - Major Players and Projects

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. AGL Energy Limited (AGL)
2.1 New Energy business
2.2 Online services and Apps
2.3 Battery storage
3. ActewAGL
3.1 Alternatively-fuelled vehicles
3.2 Bundling strategies
3.3 Energy-saving products
4. CitiPower and Powercor
5. Energex
5.1 Demand Management
5.2 Positive Payback and PeakSmart
5.3 Energex Smart Grid Capabilities
5.4 Energex Smart Grid Trials Project
6. Ergon
6.1 Nexium Telecommunications
6.2 Services
6.2.1 Wavelength (Pseudo dark fibre)
6.2.2 E-line/ E-trunk
6.3 Internet
6.4 Townsville Energy Sense Community
6.5 Electric vehicles
6.6 Solar Cities project
6.7 Grid Utility Support Systems (GUSS)
6.8 Energy storage
6.9 Mobility
7. Horizon Power
8. Hydro Tasmania
9. Jemena
10. Network NSW
10.1 The three Distribution Companies
10.2 Network privatisation
10.3 Ausgrid
10.3.1 Overview
10.3.2 Smart meter 1st generation
10.3.3 Communications networks
10.3.4 Newcastle WiMAX trial
10.3.5 Smart grid systems real-time operational environment (RTOE)
10.3.6 Monitoring the low-voltage grid
10.3.7 Sydney Water smart energy grid
10.3.8 Smart Grid/Smart City Project
10.3.9 Ausgrid's Next Steps
10.4 Endeavour Energy (formerly Integral)
10.4.1 Overview
10.5 Essential Energy
10.5.1 Overview
10.5.2 Intelligent Network Communities
10.5.3 Outcomes of the trials
11. Origin
11.1 Company overview
11.2 Wireless smart energy monitor
12. Power and Water Corporation
13. Powerlink
13.1 Overview
13.2 Telecommunications activities
14. SA Power networks
15. SP AusNet
15.1 Overview
15.2 Electricity transmission assets
15.3 Electricity distribution assets
15.4 Gas distribution assets
15.5 Broadband-over-powerlines (BPL) trial in Mt Beauty
15.6 Telecoms activities
15.7 WiMAX-based smart grid
15.8 3G Smart Meters
15.9 Delays in finalising the project
15.10 Critical Peak Demand Price for large customers
15.11 Energy Management System
16. TasNetworks
16.1 Telco assets
17. Telstra moving into smart grids
18. TransGrid
18.1 Overview
18.2 Telecommunications network
18.3 Demand Side Management
18.4 Drones to patrol NSW grid
19. United Energy
20. Western Power
20.1 Overview
20.2 Perth Solar City
20.3 Smart Grid trial
20.4 Smart Grid air-conditioner trial
20.5 In-Home Display trial (IHD)
20.6 Time-of-Use Tariff Trial
20.7 Solar photovoltaic saturation trial
20.8 Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems
20.9 Fibre Networks
21. Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC)
22. Related reports
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 - Essential Energy: Smart Grid in Action
Exhibit 2 Non-regulated business (telecoms) activities

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