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Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - 2014 - Australia

Smart Energy - Trends and Analyses - 2014 - Australia

With a better understanding of the complexity involved in the transformation of the electricity industry the words smart 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 broadband networks and mobile broadband start to converge with smart grid developments.

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. 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 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 such as 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

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 models.

As a consequence utilities could end up in a similar situation 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.

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 inter-operability and technical standards.


1. Synopsis
2. Industry analysis mid 2014
3. Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy
4. Challenges for the future
5. Delighting and exciting electricity customers
6. Electricity death spiral'
7. Energy industry in transition
8. Storage technologies making progress
9. People power in the energy market
10. Key international Developments
10.1 Googles acquisition of Nest will affect the utilities
10.2 Resource and energy management are hot issues all around the world
10.3 Energy Internet of Things
10.4 Transactive Energy
10.5 Linking ICTs with climate action for a low-carbon economy
10.6 The UN Broadband Commission and RIO+20
10.6.1 Renewing our commitment towards sustainable development
10.6.2 Broadband for the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development
10.6.3 Turning vision into action
10.7 OECD publishes report on internet of things and M2M
10.7.1 New Technology
10.7.2 New Markets
10.7.3 New Policies
10.8 Driving smarter energy usage through consumer education
10.9 Smart technology to improve generation performance
11. Business analyses
11.1 Australian Smart grids from a global perspective
11.2 Business case for smart grid appears strong
11.3 Home Automation Service Strategies
12. Key Analyses Australia
12.1 Ground-breaking standard for smart grids
12.2 Investments in the Australian smart grid market
12.3 New business opportunities for mining and energy industries
12.4 Energy in Australia remains cheap
12.5 Peak demand requires a smarter energy distribution concept
12.6 Government should show leadership in smart energy policies
12.7 Smart technologies challenging traditional energy scenarios
12.8 Need for holistic approach to energy policies
12.9 The business case for solar energy is getting closer
13. Key developments Australia
13.1 Households can save $100-$200
13.2 Spending increases to $2.4 billion in 2012
13.3 NBN facilitates wind farm
13.4 Australia Reopens Solar Funds Bid
13.5 Building a smart energy future
13.6 Fuel Poverty
14. Surveys and statistics
14.1 2013 Australian Energy Update
14.2 Australian energy survey
14.3 Australian Renewable Energy Targets
14.4 Worldwide smart grid spending will reach $46.4B in 2015
14.5 Microgrids revenue to reach $17.3 Billion by 2017
14.6 Smart Grid Implementation increases 25% in the past year
15. Separate background reports
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 into 2015

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