Making the smart grid a success : Maximising the smart grid to create better connections and benefits to customers and your enhance critical assets

Making the smart grid a success : Maximising the smart grid to create better connections and benefits to customers and your enhance critical assets

11 Oct 2017, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Room 212, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson: Huon Hoogesteger, Managing Director, Smart Commercial Solar


Valuing and paying distributed energy resources - Lessons learned from the ESC (Vic) inquiry into the true value of distributed generation

Aaron Yuen, Manager, Analysis and Reporting, Energy Markets, Essential Services Commission

In February 2017, the Essential Services Commission (Vic) completed its inquiry into the true value of distributed generation. The first phase of the inquiry, ending in August 2016, led to legislative reforms that enable the setting of time-varying, or ‘flexible’, feed-in tariffs. The reforms also allow for social and environmental factors to be considered in the setting of the feed-in tariff. The second phase of the inquiry looked at the impact of distributed generation on the electricity network. Using data provided by network businesses in their annual planning reports (APRs) and regulatory information notices (RINs), as well as data on the location and profile of solar PV systems across the Victorian network, the inquiry undertook an empirical study of the benefits provided by solar PV. The study was based on a counterfactual methodology in which the existing fleet of distributed generation was ‘removed’ and the resulting costs to network businesses were assessed. The study confirmed, on an empirical basis, commonly discussed attributes of network value – that it is highly location and time dependent, and that controlled ‘firm’ generation can be orders of magnitude greater in value than ‘passive’ generation. On the basis of these findings, and following a review of international jurisdictions, the Commission proposed that Government explore the development of a market-based solution – a ‘grid services market’ in which small providers could participate – to ensuring effective and efficient remuneration for the network benefits of distributed energy resources.


Developing a smart grid: Jemena’s positioning within the changing energy market

James Seymour, General Manager New Energy Services, Jemena

The Australian energy market is in a state of flux. For 100 years, the market was a government funded and centrally organised essential service. The growth of affordable renewable technologies and desire for control and independence is putting pressure on the traditional retailing model and moving to a model of providing the customer with multiple forms of energy supply, with nearly 20% of the houses in Australia becoming generators over the last decade. This is resulting in new business models and changing what the market thinks is possible. The desire end state of this change will be to reduce customer costs, while ensuring reliability. To achieve this, a smart grid will be required, to drive efficiencies between generators, customers and prosumers between different sources of energy.

Jemena is well positioned to be a critical market facilitator, with gas, electric and water distribution assets and is presently reshaping its business.  James will address this and the importance the smart grid will play to drive this efficiency. 


Understanding how customers use energy to deliver cost effective electricity by going behind the meter

Wilf Johnston, MD,  Flex

Energy is rapidly becoming decentralised, allowing people to generate it themselves and use it behind the meter.  But what do we really know about how energy is used in the home?  Without this missing piece of information, how can we meet our customer’s energy requirements accurately and at least cost?  The next step in the evolution of our energy supply system is going beyond the meter and into the home, in order to really understand how our customers use energy.  With this knowledge, a smart energy system can adapt itself to its users and deliver clean and cost effective electricity. Scott will explore the ways in which companies can best address this challenge, using both new and existing products, along with smart software platforms, to help and engage your customers.


Grid Protection for Commercial Solar - What You Need to Know

Steven Bell, Director, BCJ Controls

Connecting the solar generator to the grid is one of the most technical and unpredictable parts of any 30kW+ PV installation. There are many configurations of electrical protection and different hardware, controls and costs for each. With different requirements for each utility, the installer needs to make sure that what they are installing is suitable and will be approved. How can we cut through the technical terms and understand what is essential for our installation? And in turn, how can the installer predict what they will need when selling a system, and avoid surprises down the track? In this presentation, Steve Bell (Director, BCJ Controls) will discuss the types of protection required throughout Australia, traps to avoid when designing the system and solutions to getting installations over the line with your utility. 


  • Huon Hoogesteger



    Smart Commercial Solar

    Huon Hoogesteger is the founder and CEO of Smart Commercial Solar, one Australia’s leading commercial solar providers and energy analysts.  He is a...

  • Aaron Yuen


    Analysis and Reporting, Energy Markets

    Essential Services Commission

    Aaron is Manager of Analysis and Reporting at the Essential Services Commission, the Victorian regulator of energy, water, local government and...

  • James Seymour


    General Manager, New Energy Services


    James Seymour has had over decade worth of experience helping shape the solar industry in Australian and international markets. He focuses on...

  • Wilf Johnston


    Managing Director


    Wilf Johnston is Managing Director for Flex Australia and New Zealand. Flex is an industry leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs...

  • Steven Bell



    BCJ Controls

    Steven Bell is the Co-Founder and Director of BCJ Controls, a business which he started with his two Co-Founders in 2016.  Based out of Sydney and...

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