At the heart of the utility industry lies critical assets – the indispensable infrastructure encompassing power plants, pipelines and water treatment facilities that deliver essential services to communities. Compliance, therefore, stands as the safeguard ensuring the integrity, reliability and safety of these vital services. Failure to comply can result in service interruptions, loss of trust between organisation and customer, and […]
Transgrid is set to hit the market, seeking contracts with battery operators to maintain electricity reliability in parts of New South Wales. Grid-scale batteries have been identified as part of the preferred options for maintaining a reliable supply to the Bathurst, Orange and Parkes areas and the NSW North West Slopes region. By entering the market, Transgrid hopes to gain […]
Recent upgrades, totalling $45 million, have increased capacity by 170MW at Transgrid’s Victoria-New South Wales Interconnector (VNI). Transgrid CEO, Brett Redman, said the project was delivered on budget and features world-leading SmartValve technology from US-based grid enhancing technology company, Smart Wires. “The speed at which the energy transition is accelerating means we must embrace new technology and innovate and SmartValve […]
By Rebecca Todesco, Journalist, Utility Magazine Australian renewable energy development and storage investment company, Edify, is building a new lithium-ion battery which is the first battery project in the market to be financed with commercial banks and will be the largest approved grid-forming battery in Australia once completed. The battery project will add more flexible dispatchable capacity to the New […]
by Imogen Hartmann, Journalist, Utility magazine At the beginning of 2021, the Energy Security Board (ESB) handed down its 2020 Health of the National Electricity Market (NEM) report, the fourth annual report measuring the health of the NEM against six strategic energy objectives. With increasing renewable generation simultaneously improving emissions reduction and threatening security, plus an imminent technology boom underpinned […]
A landmark virtual event for the Australian utility sector, Digital Utilities took place over the course of two weeks in March 2021. This major summit consisted of four Virtual Conferences, diving deep into some of the critical challenges and focus areas for the sector, and providing delegates with genuine learning opportunities from some of the best and brightest minds across […]
The Australian utility industry recently gathered online for The Digital Home: new opportunities for utilities Virtual Conference, which was held on Thursday 30 July. Close to 250 delegates registered for the Virtual Conference, which was hosted by Utility Editor, Charlotte Pordage. Over the course of approximately two and a half hours, the speakers explored the challenges and opportunities the growing […]
Non-network solutions are increasingly used to ensure reliability during peak demand events, requiring network distribution businesses to engage with customers to reduce load. By understanding consumer household decision-making and electricity use, CitiPower Powercor created insights to engage customers with messaging, solutions and tactics to maximise participation in peak demand events. CitiPower supplies power to a 157 kilometre square area across […]
Industry 4.0 is ushering in a new era for industry, with more intelligence and connectivity, combining machines, computers and the internet to make systems smarter. This has implications for industrial motor control, especially for mature technologies like soft starters. With the right technical capability (e.g.interchangeable smart processor cards), soft starters can control a whole system by connecting directly to other […]
As many Australians continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, upload demand on nbn’s main wholesale access service has significantly increased. For the week from Monday 6 April to Sunday 12 April, peak upload throughput (the measure of data flowing through the NBN access network) during daytime business hours increased by 102 per cent to 1.01 terabits […]
Critical infrastructure calls for critical equipment. Cybertec cellular modems are trusted by the Australian utilities sector for their reliability, rugged build and ease of use. The Cybertec 2255X is utilised and favoured by utility providers Australia-wide. Cybertec cellular modems have been deployed and trusted in the Australian utility sector for well over a decade. There is good reason for their […]
Technology is rapidly transforming many Australian and global industry sectors. For electric, natural gas, and water utility companies, the need to embrace digital transformation and evolve to become a “digital enterprise” has never been clearer. What is a digital enterprise? A digital enterprise can be defined as an organisation where digital technology plays a central role in how the company: […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in state-wide lockdowns, mass event cancellations and the closure of workplaces, as social distancing measures become key to slowing the spread of the disease. Despite the restrictions on travel and in-person meetings, the Digital Utilities event was able to connect utility leaders across the country by moving quickly to deliver a successful digital conference. Hosting […]
As rooftop solar and batteries become the norm, how to appropriately manage their output becomes an increasing challenge around Australia. We spoke to Suleman Alli, Director of Strategy at UK Power Networks, ahead of his international keynote presentation at Digital Utilities 2020, about the utility’s plans to create the world’s most advanced electricity network control system and how it is […]
EnergyAustralia and energy distribution company Jemena will reward customers living in north-west Melbourne with bill credits if they reduce their energy usage to help reduce strain on the electricity grid. Through the Energy Saving Rewards program, EnergyAustralia customers living in Coolaroo, Essendon, Footscray, Somerton, Yarraville and surrounding suburbs could receive up to $100 of bill credits over the 2019-2020 summer […]
Updated interactive investment and constraint maps, also known as Network Opportunity Maps, have been released as part of a push by network businesses to improve network efficiency and lower network prices. Energy Networks Australia, in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, has released the 2019 update of the Network Opportunity Maps for distribution businesses based on December 2018 Distribution […]
The winners of the 2019 Digital Utility Awards have been revealed at a Gala Dinner at the Digital Utilities Conference in Melbourne. Six awards were handed out celebrating the utility industry’s greatest achievements in the digitisation of utility networks, processes and practices across Australia. The winners are: Best Customer Innovation Award – Jemena Best Use of New Technology Award – […]
Powercor is launching a new program to help save energy within the community and reduce costs to customers will be launched in the Bellarine Peninsula and some parts of the Surf Coast area by network over the 2018-2019 summer. ‘Powercor Energy Partner’ uses a smart device installed in the home to allow both residents and Powercor to set temperatures on air conditioning […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has made a final rule to improve the transparency and consistency of information the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) provides to signal whether or not electricity supply is projected to meet demand in the medium-term. This forecasting exercise is called the medium-term projected assessment of system adequacy, or MT PASA, and is used to […]
The Digital Utility Awards were launched as a way to gather some of the best ideas when it comes to the digitisation of utilities – and the best implementation of these ideas – so that all of the industry can benefit from some of the impressive changes that are being made. The awards recognise the utility industry’s greatest achievements in […]
Representatives from Australia’s major water and energy utilities gathered in Melbourne in April to discuss the impact of digital disruption on the utility sector and learn how to embrace emerging technologies and be fearless in the face of innovation. Digital Utilities 2018 was held from 19-20 April at the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park, Melbourne, providing members of the utility […]
ERM Power has released a submission, jointly signed by 10 retailers, on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) urging policy makers to get the design right to drive investment in the right resources in the right locations while supporting competition and reducing costs. The Energy Security Board (ESB) discussion paper opens up the conversation on how to deliver affordable energy, well-placed […]
DTN, a leading provider of information services, has announced that based on comparisons from a recent report, it has the lowest forecast error for both one-day-out and two-day-out high temperature forecasts. The study, released by ForecastWatch, a leading analyst of predictions and outcomes in the weather industry, based on the weather conditions forecast 24 hours a day over 12 months, […]
Government and industry leaders have welcomed the findings of the Finkel Report, commenting that its recommendations were necessary to secure the future of Australia’s energy. The final report, prepared by an Expert Panel and chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO, was released on 9 June 2017 and recommends action to create a reliable and affordable energy system, […]
To meet the challenges of climate change and more extreme droughts, the three metropolitan Melbourne water utilities are working together to explore new ways to further improve the performance of the water network, and ensure it operates even more efficiently and delivers greater value to their customers. Early last year, City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water […]
Utility professionals came together for the inaugural Secure Utilities event on 23 March in Melbourne where experts in data security discussed the steps that utilities should be making to ensure their organisations are protected against cyber attacks. Due to the rapid digitisation of the utility industry, security is now more important than ever before, and Utility Magazine’s Secure Utilities was […]
Summer is a challenging time of year for any industrial electricity user with a contract that exposes them to peak demand events across the grid. But a new solution allows users to access the best rates the market has to offer – while still protecting against the surge pricing that can, in the worst of cases, put a business under. The removal […]
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