With net zero emission goals and the consistent and early closure of coal-fired power plants demanding replacement energy projects, there has been a significant increase in the demand for renewable energy technologies and supplies. This means an unprecedented need for renewable equipment – and fast. The Federal Climate Change Act mandates a reduction in emissions of 43 per cent by […]
SA Water continues to integrate sustainable and innovative energy management practices into its large-scale water and wastewater pumping operations. The utility’s significant shift towards renewable energy is highlighted by its Zero Cost Energy Future initiative, an internally conceived project rarely seen on such size and scope in the global water industry. Recently recognised with both national and global award recognition, […]
With highly accurate positioning services, SouthPAN is set to offer Australian utilities a new way of looking at asset management, particularly when it comes to monitoring and surveying physical infrastructure and equipment. In September 2022, the Federal Government announced a $1.18 billion 19-year contract with Lockheed Martin Australia to develop and operate the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN). SouthPAN is […]
The entire Horizon Power electrical network, sprawled over 2.3 million square kilometres of beautiful and rugged terrain, is being digitally mapped using a combination of drones, a helicopter and a vehicle fitted with advanced sensors. The Geospatial Intelligence Program, launched in November 2021, is yet another example of Horizon Power’s digital transformation – in this case to help keep its […]
Melbourne’s population is growing. By 2030, more than six million people are expected to call the city home. A booming city means greater demand on services and infrastructure and this includes the sewerage system. Here are two projects that demonstrate how we are embracing technology to help us meet demand and achieve our goals in a safe and efficient way.
Appointed CEO of Western Power in August 2022 after 15 years in the business, including eight years in executive roles, Sam Barbaro has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Western Australian energy sector. However, Mr Barbaro says it’s the current unparalleled pace of change in the industry that will deliver the greatest opportunities for the community, environment […]
Most water customers in Australia say water efficiency is important to them, but how can utilities actually support their customers to make the changes needed to conserve water and reduce costs? South East Water has partnered with the University of Melbourne on several technology-based trials to see what impact real-time data from digital meters can have on reducing household water […]
For a long time, energy technologies have been stable, customers uninterested, and energy services affordable and reliable enough to keep networks back of mind. Now, customers have more skin in the game, with the take-up of solar, batteries and electric vehicles, and the electrification of everything. There is more interest than ever in energy networks and, given the volume of […]
Being intuitively designed, robust, and secure enough to continue passing SCEC approval tests, it is time to put the spotlight on a classic meter seal that has truly stood the test of time. From the meter seals range, the Tool Less Roto Seal continues to be Harcor’s most popular seal. Its ease of use and ability to be applied without […]
“What gets measured, gets improved” goes the saying imprecisely attributed to legendary management consultant Peter Drucker. Increasingly, though, good calibration requires more than whipping out the scales or a tape measure. In a more and more exacting scientific world, extreme precision is required to deliver the best results to customers at a practical, industrial level. Modern society is driven by […]
The asset management capabilities of GIS rely on data integrated from a variety of sources. Discrepancies can often occur between different datasets, or between older and updated spatial data. For critical utility infrastructure applications, a simplistic fix to reconcile these differences will not pass muster. Achieving the most accurate dataset requires a strategic and rigorous approach to conflation by utilising […]
In July this year, Anna Jackson joined South East Queensland water utility Unitywater as its new CEO. Previously SA Water’s General Manager Strategy, Engagement and Innovation, Ms Jackson is keenly aware of the challenges facing water utilities and recent developments in customer engagement. She sat down with Utility Magazine Editor, Jessica Dickers, to discuss the impacts of climate change and population growth, the uptake of digital meters, and the vision for her new role – all of which tie in with an overarching theme of a sustainable water future.
While climate change is putting immense pressure on the global supply of water, digitalisation can improve sustainability – it’s one of the top three benefits of digital transformation. Here, Gentrack selected a panel of global experts to share their views on industry challenges and explore the key to digitising. Water is a natural resource many of us take for granted, […]
Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) like residential solar panels are a great way for homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and the energy they draw from the grid. Consumer DERs can also benefit utilities, as owners of PV panels can augment the utility’s power supply by putting excess power into the grid. However, DER assets are only advantageous to both parties […]
Leveraging remote sensing, imagery, and advanced analytic technologies, Horizon Power’s Geospatial Intelligence Program aims to deliver a geospatial intelligence solution that transforms the utility’s ability to quickly understand the state of the network. With a network spanned across thousands of kilometres, the program will optimise asset performance, and keep the network safe and reliable. Horizon Power has selected geospatial specialist […]
By Brett Redman, CEO, Transgrid We must act now to accelerate the timeline for when renewables can deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy to homes and businesses. There will be no transition without transmission and that is why Transgrid is building the future grid, made up of major transmission projects which will enable the sharing of clean energy across […]
Year on year, the percentage of renewable energy entering the Australian electricity market is growing, and these figures are only set to increase as states and territories embrace increasingly optimistic net-zero goals. With these enhanced net-zero goals will come a flurry of project activity to deliver on our targets, and it is increasingly important that developers work with partners equipped […]
In a recent announcement by Federal Energy Minister, Chris Bowen, ARENA will fund an extension of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP). Final negotiations are in process on the research program and partnerships, with work expected to start in 2023. Here, ACAP outlines breakthroughs in solar technologies, what the next generation of photovoltaic technologies looks like, and the role this plays in grid overhaul.
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 Dan Evans, Head of Smart Cities and IoT, Itron To help identify and act on current and potential future public safety threats, smart city technology is a critical resource for leaders of city councils. Modern safety applications, powered by Industrial IoT (IIoT) infrastructure, utilise correlated sensor data from devices like flood monitoring sensors, pole tilt sensors, traffic monitoring sensors […]
By Endeavour Energy In a world where we are ‘electrifying everything’ and enabling new technology, services, markets and products, new skills will be required to develop, operate, and maintain electrically significant infrastructure, both within traditional roles in the electricity supply industry as well as in electrical contractors working alongside the industry and on other major infrastructure projects. The changes currently […]
Arc faults can cause significant damage to switchgear, conductors, switchboards and installations. However, the worst consequence can be the injury or death of operators in the area. According to the hierarchy of control, isolation involves personnel being separated from the energised electrical equipment and conductors. It is most effective for personnel who do not have to operate or perform work […]
A growing population, industrial demands on the water network, and a changing regulatory landscape mean utilities are under increasing pressure to control spillages and unplanned escapes to prevent pollution. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face today and we all have a responsibility to help protect our world and our water supply for the future. An industry-wide […]
By Kate Kernaghan, Water Efficiency Project Communications and Media Manager, Goulburn-Murray Water In March 2021, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) began delivering the Water Efficiency Project across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. All construction works required as part of the $177.5 million project will be completed by the end of 2023 and are funded by the Federal Government to support the recovery of […]
With so much of our water infrastructure due for renewal over the next decade, including asbestos cement pipes, success will come from deep insight into asset conditions and failure mechanisms. Much has been made of the ‘infrastructure cliff’ identified in Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019. The report highlighted that as we reach the end of our water assets’ expected […]
Water utilities worldwide have been struggling with the financial and conservation costs caused by Non-Revenue Water (NRW) losses. The level of loss in some parts of the world can reach 50 per cent, and in Australia, it averages around 10 per cent. NRW loss is not only a drain on a water authority’s finances, it is also a waste of […]
By Mikayla Bridge, Assistant Editor, Utility Magazine Construction has begun on the MacIntyre Wind Farm – the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere – which is set to have three substations. The project has already required some unique and innovative solutions to various logistical challenges, and is set to bring significant benefits to Australia’s renewable targets and the local […]
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