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Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016
Title: Envisioning the Future of the Smart Grid
Session type: Invited Industry Session
Date and time: Tuesday, November 29, 14:40 – 16:10
Location: Room 104

The smart grid is evolving quickly and opportunities abound both for traditional players and for entirely new business models. This invited industry session aims to discuss what the future of the smart grid may be. With speakers having backgrounds in regulation, transactive energy, distributed energy resources, and the technology to make it all happen, there will be diverse view points to contrast and compare.

AnthonySeipolt Anthony Seipolt
Australian Energy Regulator
“Smart cars don’t need smart roads, do smart consumers need a smart grid?”

Anthony Seipolt is a senior utility consultant with extensive experience in the electricity distribution, retailing and transmission as well as significant international and local regulatory expertise. Anthony has over 30 years experience in the utility industry and is currently the Senior Technical Advisor to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) as well as the Director of Cadency Consulting. He has extensive experience in reviewing business and governmental processes and has a proven track record of integrating technical understanding with the overall business needs. He has a Masters of Business Administration and is a former National Manager and Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Associates. Anthony has also held a number of Board positions for community not-for-profit organisations.

Consumer electronics are one of the fastest growing markets on the planet, broadband internet is becoming ubiquitous, smart home devices are too numerous to mention. The customer relationship currently resides with the energy retailer and this will extend to information as smart meters are rolled out. Networks are struggling to connect with the consumer and a smart grid involves substantial investment. This session asks the question: “Is the value proposition for a Smart Grid already bypassed?”

AlexCruikshank Alex Cruickshank
Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood
“The Future is Transactive”

Alex has over 25 years’ experience in energy markets with experience in a vertically integrated utility, a gen-tailer, a Rules body and the government.
He is experienced in market design and was involved in the design and development of the National Electricity Market both as a participant and as a member of the rule making body. Alex continued to be involved in market development in his various roles with one of the largest vertically integrated energy companies in Australia prior to joining OGW. Alex joined OGW in late 2015 after having been employed by AGL for 14 years, including roles in regulation, retail and wholesale. Alex provided advice and support to all parts of the business, particularly the generation and wholesale trading units, the retail and metering units and other corporate units. He has also been chairman of the market working groups of the National Generator Forum and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia. Alex has been active in working to identify new technology, including the market and organisational changes required to exploit it. He was Vice President of Smart Grid Australia, a member of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Ministerial Advisory Council and on the National Smart Meter Steering Committee. Alex has been involved in key aspects of the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap as a participant and a contributor.

Buckminster Fuller once said ““You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”. Since 1992 the energy industry has moved from being a supply industry to a wholesale market for energy. Now it is becoming a platform for the exchange of energy. Information technology and communication changes have increased customer expectations so that energy must now take its place as part of the smart community and allow full customer choice.

DavidStephens David Stephens
Manager, Capacity Management Services, Horizon Power
“DER proliferation in Horizon Power Microgrids”

David Stephens is Manager Capacity Management Services at Horizon Power in Western Australia. He is an electrical engineer with around 18 years’ experience in the industry. His current focus is on Generation, Transmission and HV Distribution planning, and the incorporation of new technologies to support capacity expansion and system optimisation. Prior to joining Horizon Power, David worked at Verve Energy, and Western Power. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng, Hons) in Electrical Engineering, Grad Cert. Electrical Utility Engineering and Grad Cert. Agribusiness at Curtin University of Technology.

Isolated island power systems are experiencing unprecedented demands for the connection of solar PV. Horizon Power operates in excess of 35 isolated microgrids across the state of Western Australia. Horizon Power has recently commissioned a review into its costs of operating these islanded systems. This review has focused on the potential for reduction in system operating costs, by leveraging off recent developments in solar PV and battery storage technologies.

The presentation will discuss the impact of disruptive technologies on islanded systems, with a focus on issues in the following areas:

  • Financial – optimising DER penetration levels
  • Technical e.g. spinning reserve, voltage stability, increasing DER Hosting Capacity Targets
  • Stakeholder e.g. engagement and expectations, and recent projects

The network design implications of a system with increased levels of distributed generation are also being investigated, including the development of a new design tool to optimise the network design in the presence of predominantly distributed energy resources.

The presentation will outline the findings of the networks design studies, in regards to:

  • Alternative network design methodology & design options
  • Key network design issues
  • Model developed to optimise network design & preliminary results

In conclusion future direction and areas of future work will be discussed.

RodScott Rod Scott
CEO, Selectronic
“Why energy storage doesn’t make ‘cents’”

Rod has been an executive director of Selectronic since 2005 and previously was involved with various start-up companies in the IT industry. Rod has recently been successful and heavily involved in supplying bi-directional inverters to the German market. Selectronic has been designing and manufacturing battery based inverters in Melbourne since 1981 for both the Australian and overseas markets.

While there can be monetary benefits in installing energy storage behind the meter both with and without a renewable energy source – this by itself will not often justify the cost of the investment. This justification of course depends to some extent on the expected payback period which can vary with different consumers. So if the dollars and cents don’t add up then why are smart energy storage system selling?

There are various drivers of the demand for energy storage. What are the innovations that help drive these demands for energy storage? These will be discussed along with supporting case studies which would include both domestic and commercial applications.

New innovations in energy storage has opened up new opportunities in various Geographic and demographic markets. What are the ‘hot’ areas for demand for these innovations?