News and events

New iGrid reports:

  •     You can view all the final Intelligent Grid Cluster Reports from the new look Resources and Publications section.
  •  You can download a copy of the  Australian Decentralised Energy Roadmap which was launched today by Honourable Martin Ferguson, Minister for Resources and Energy; Minister for Tourism The event will take place in Sydney on the 15 December,to the launch of the report developed by the University of Technology, Sydney.  The Roadmap is intended to provide a concise and practical blueprint for accelerating the deployment of distributed energy in the form of energy efficiency, load management, distributed generation and smart metering in Australia.  Click here to download the Roadmap


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Institutional Barriers

Full Name
Institutional barriers, stakeholder engagement and economic modelling

Project Description
Part 1: Benefits and barriers to Intelligent Grid

A review of the economic, environmental and social benefits that can be attributed to Intelligent Grid and distributed energy resources and barriers to their implementation. Barriers include technical, financial, cultural and regulatory factors. 

Part 2: Addressing economic regulatory barriers to Intelligent Grid

A review of current regulatory practice and recommendations for mechanisms such to facilitate Intelligent Grid development, such as regulatory mechanisms.

Part 3: Business deliberation on Intelligent Grids and Distributed energy

Engaging with key stakeholders such as commercial and industrial energy customers and representatives from network businesses to deliberate on Intelligent Grid and Distributed energy.

Part 4: Calculating dynamic avoidable network costs (DANCE) model

This Dynamic Avoidable Network Cost Evaluation (DANCE) model will offer a detailed, transparent and robust framework for accurate, real-time network pricing and for estimating the aggregated real time benefits offered by distributed energy within a congested grid. 

Part 5: Develop a robust transparent distributed energy evaluation (D-CODE) model

The Description and Cost of Distributed Energy (D-CODE) Model will provide a simple, transparent and accessible model for comparing energy supply and demand technologies.  It will be useful for energy specialists, policy makers and interested laypeople to conduct their own analysis. It will be applicable at local, state and national levels and incorporates parameters so that uses can compare the costs of each technology on a consistent and comprehensive basis.

Research Team
University of Technology Sydney

Expected Outcomes
Increased understanding of benefits of distributed energy (demand management, distributed generation and time-of-use pricing solutions) among utility managers, planners, regulators and policy makers.

More streamlined, consistent and transparent consideration and evaluation of the cost of distributed energy options in the context of future policy development.

Clearer evaluation of the value of distributed energy options in electricity network development, leading to accelerated uptake of and consequent major economic savings

Forum for constructive debate involving the energy supply industry and key stakeholders on the role of distributed energy options.

Improved avoidable network infrastructure cost analysis model

Robust, transparent Distributed Energy evaluation model (D-CODE)

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