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Australia - Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Australia
  • 17 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

The fundamental shift that has taken place in environmental policies since 2007 is having a huge effect on the electricity market. Smart grids, smart meters, electric vehicles and solar panels now are all well and truly part of new government polices and industry initiatives, all aimed at saving energy and moving to cleaner energy sources.

This is also creating huge upheaval in the market. When the electricity industry finally woke up to the challenges ahead of them they realised that their old infrastructure was no longer able to cope with these changes. Massive investment projects have since been commenced, with much more to come, and a staggering $200 billion will need to be invested in the industry over the next 20 years.

This lack of foresight also resulted in very sharp price increases for consumers, which in turn created great political upheaval. All of this is still very dynamic in fact the full transformation of the industry will take several decades to complete.

An essential element of this transformation will be the use of smart technologies; they are a necessary part of the solution.

The great benefits of these technologies is that they can address READ MORE >

1. Synopsis
2. Climate change requires smarter responses
3. Renewable energy
3.1 Renewable Energy Fund
3.2 Generating a renewable Australia
3.3 Renewable energy scheme
3.4 Competition might come from different directions
3.5 People-driven demand
4. Renewable Energy Sources - Brief introductions
4.1 Hydro energy
4.2 Wind energy
4.3 Solar energy
5. Photovoltaic energy
5.1 Statistical Overview
5.2 Australia dominant player in residential PV
5.3 Australia ranks 11 out 16 in global energy efficiency rankings
5.4 Tread with care: networks face a solar dilemma
5.5 Solar Cities
5.5.1 Important results from the project
5.6 Solar Flagship program
5.7 Councils approached about Solar Energy eXchange Initiative Solar Projects in Australia
5.8 Weipa Solar Farm first off-grid energy system
6. Smart grid driven by user-driven photovoltaics
6.1 Current grid can't handle renewable energy
6.2 International examples of failing grids
6.3 Customers want to be in charge
6.4 Without smart grids 20% renewable target will not be reached
7. Australia Smart Energy Trends and analyses 2014 (Separate Report)
8. Related reports
Table 1 Installation of photovoltaic systems - 2014
Table 2 Key facts
Exhibit 1 The results of climate change by 2050
Exhibit 2 Photovoltaics
Exhibit 2 - Solar flagships program

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