Technology and business models needed in delivering secure energy to the end user

  • Session Topic
    Grid Integration

Technology and business models needed in delivering secure energy to the end user

3 Oct 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Room 220
English (Australia)

Chair: Bruce Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, GreenSync


Grid 2.0 and the integration of small-scale distributed energy resources

Murray Hogarth, Director, Communications and Community Networks, Wattwatchers

Distributed energy resources (DER) integration including load control to balance supply and demand at a micro level in real-time is a key challenge for the National Electricity Market and grids everywhere. The conversion from traditional electricity systems, Grid 1.0, to Grid 2.0 is inevitable. But right now and for years to come it represents a giant work-in-progress that requires new devices, management tools and policies to ensure an orderly outcome that delivers a low-carbon energy future while keeping the lights on - all at reasonable cost.

The current industry wisdom is that smart meters are key to this future, but they are only part of the technology equation. As some markets already move to the first replacement programs of smart meters that were rolled out last decade, an IoT future beckons for monitoring and controlling electrical circuits behind the meter as well as fulfilling the traditional needs for billing data and reconciling with the market. Lower cost but powerful intelligent devices can be used to create value for every participant – home and business consumers, retailers, distributors, market operators and the markets overall. Grid 2.0 will be  cheaper, cleaner and more flexible. To get there, we need regulators to get out of the way of the innovation train.


New technologies and strategies: unlocking greater value from demand response programs

Winnie Waudo, Business Development Manager – Energy, Decon Technologies Pty Ltd 

Distribution Network Service Provider. (DNSP) companies are tasked with delivering safe, secure, reliable energy to the end user. Traditionally, this was achieved through unidirectional flow of energy. With the continued proliferation of self-generating end users, bidirectional energy flow, managing supply and demand has turned out to be a testing feat. In part, due to lack of clear visibility of how loads and generation vary over time. The complexity of this rapidly evolving grid calls for dynamic responses by both supplier and consumer so as to maintain system security and integrity.

The presentation will explore evolving business models for the astute DNSP.


Achieving Energy Efficiency with IT Tools and Emerging Technologies: A Case Study

Dr. Peter O'Neill, Monash University

Gopa Balakrishnan, Director, AUSIND Business Solutions.

Managing energy efficiently has been a rising trend across the globe due to increasing costs, more losses and environmental problems caused by greenhouse gas emissions. In this context, an audit facility to check the efficiency of energy generated, transmitted and consumed would be of immense use to ensure demand side management and reduce energy wastage. Our team implemented such a tool in a state-run electricity provider in southern India, with great success, to gauge energy losses and improve efficiency. A provision to use Block Chain technology for energy savings and an ETL platform for energy data analysis is also being carried out. The lessons learned and study outcomes from this project will be of beneficial leverage for the electricity energy network in Australia.

The tool manages overall transmission and commercial losses across a Smart Grid to ensure demand side management and reducing energy wastage. Utility providers will be able to manage Smart Grids and Smart Homes by analyzing equipment behavior for improving efficiency, life span and outages. The Audit facility calculates the overall transmission losses of Generation, Distribution and Consumption with analysis of generated energy, energy cost, consumed energy, invoiced and collected amount, energy saving etc.

Through loss monitoring and analysis, Utility providers will be able to do the following:

  • Identify low performing regions
  • Evaluate inter region energy transfer
  • Evaluate high tension energy loss
  • Fraud Detection
  • Network Reconfigurations
  • Replacements & Repairs
  • Change Power Flow Logic

Demand Side Management Benefits include:

  • Load Flow Analysis
  • 3 Phase Load Flow Analyses
  • Phase Balancing
  • Load Allocation
  • Overall Transmission Loss Calculation
  • Cost Estimation
  • Long Term Load Forecasting

Major accomplishments of this project:

  • Region wise segregation of Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Network Layout and Configuration through Geographic Information System
  • Strengthening of generation, transmission & distribution network across boundaries
  • Indexing of consumers to the Grid
  • Acquisition of data from 29000 transformers, feeders and consumers meters
  • Data Collection every 15 minutes and 96 feeds every day from every meter
  • 2688000 files processed daily for accuracy and efficiency
  • Loss Calculation of energy generated, transmitted and distributed.
  • POC on enabling Block chain technology by the authorities for energy savings at the end user levels, promoting incentive linked energy conservation and usage efficiency.

Additional insights and latest outcomes from this project study will be shared during the conference speaking engagement.


Micro Grid Energy Tracking and Trading Platform Technologies – the Case of Blockchain

Dr. Peter O'Neill, Monash University,

Anil Sreedhar, CEO, GBS

Gopa Balakrishnan, Director, AUSIND Business Solutions


Distributed energy in Australia – opportunities, challenges and regulatory considerations

Kate Phillips, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

New technology, reduced costs of owning and operating generation infrastructure and batteries, as well as the roll-out of network devices, has resulted in the increased emergence of distributed generation and storage, leading to innovative financial and physical trading mechanisms both within and outside the NEM. 

This presentation will focus on new structures that have emerged from these developments and will explore the commercial opportunities and challenges, together with relevant regulatory considerations, that arise with respect to distributed energy. The structures to be considered include behind the meter Power Purchase Agreements and peer to peer trading arrangements. 


  • Bruce Thompson


    Chief Operating Officer


    Bruce is a recognised leader in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical responses to climate...

  • Murray Hogarth


    Director, Communications and Community Networks


    A founding team member with Wattwatchers Digital Energy, Murray Hogarth plays a key coordinating role for its partner ecosystem in the 'New Energy'...

  • Winnie Waudo


    Business Development Manager - Energy

    Decon Technologies Pty Ltd

    Dr Winnie WAUDO is the Head of Energy Business Development at Decon Technologies, a national technical services group headquartered in Melbourne....

  • Dr Peter O'Neill


    Senior Lecturer & Program Director - MBus(S&T)+MBus(SCM)

    Department of Management, Monash Business School

    Peter ONeill is a senior academic at Monash Business School where he delivers units in Supply Chain and Commercialization of Technology. Dr ONeill...

  • Gopa Balakrishnan



    AUSIND Business Solutions

    Gopa Balakrishnan has been in the Information Technology domain for over 20 years, consulting and managing enterprise applications for top global...

  • Kate Phillips



    Baker McKenzie

    Kate Phillips specialises in renewable energy projects.  She has extensive experience leading transactions for private clients and government...

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Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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