The National Energy Efficiency Initiative, “Smart Grid, Smart City” will provide up to $100 million to develop a demonstration project in partnership with the energy sector. The initiative will support the installation of Australia’s first commercial-scale smart grid. Smart grids combine advanced communication, sensing and metering infrastructure with existing energy networks. This enables a combination of applications that can deliver a more efficient, robust and consumer-friendly electricity network. Smart grid infrastructure uses sensors, meters, digital devices and analytic tools to automate, monitor and control the two-way flow of energy from power plant to plug.
The Department has developed grant guidelines and supporting material based on the recommendations of the pre-deployment report, to assist potential consortia in structuring their application to deliver the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project.
Smart Grid, Smart City grant guidelines were released on 29 October 2009 – Smart grids to lead energy efficiency and renewable revolution – Media release
Australian electricity distribution companies have been asked to submit applications on behalf of interested industry consortia to deliver the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project. Applications close 28 January 2010.
It is anticipated that the successful consortium will be announced in late April 2010. Pending contract negotiations, delivery of the project will commence in July 2010 and continue until June 2013.
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