The Australian Government announced in the 2009-10 Budget that it would invest up to $100 million to develop the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project in partnership with the energy sector. It is expected to call for proposals by the end of October 2010.
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 report Smart Grid, Smart City: a new direction for a new energy era outlines the potential economic and environmental benefits of smart grid technologies, and indicates that the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project can deliver the robust data needed to inform broader adoption of smart grid technologies and applications across Australia.
The report proposes a project design and governance framework that will demonstrate world’s best practice through the delivery of a truly integrated, commercial-scale example of an Australian smart grid.
- Smart Grid, Smart City: A new direction for a new energy era (PDF – 4000KB)
For more information visit : http://www.environment.gov.au/smartgrid/pre-deployment.html
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