A three-day intensive smart grids course will be held in Melbourne this November. The course, titled ‘Australia’s Urgent Energy Challenge’ will run from Monday the 18th to Wednesday the 20th of November and will be taught by leading smart grids experts from IBM, Monash University and the University of New South Wales.

‘In the past 5 to 10 years, energy costs and climate issues have increasingly challenged policymakers in Australia and around the world. Renewable energy is often seen as part of the solution but it is mostly intermittent and adds additional challenges to existing systems and infrastructure. Smart grids and related technology may solve some of these issues.’

The course will cover such questions as:

  • What might smart grids cost and are they worth it?
  • What are the potential benefits of smart grids?
  • What are the key enabling information and communication technologies?
  • Where do smart meters fit in?
  • What can be learned from recent experiences in the Victorian smart meter roll out from Citipower/Powercor’s smart grid experts
  • How the power system is designed and what are its economic drivers?
  • How do smart grids impact the National Energy Market (NEM)?
  • What have we have learned from the Commonwealth Government’s $100 million Smart Grid Smart City initiative currently being delivered by Ausgrid in NSW on behalf of the Commonwealth Government?


Professor Steven King – Economics , Monash University

Professor Vassilios Agelidis – Director, Australian Energy Research Institute, UNSW.

Dr Ariel Liebman, IT, Monash University

Dr Gill Owen, Economics, Monash Sustainability Institute.

Dr Chris Pavlovski, Chief Architect, Technology and Innovation for IBM

Thomas Tschirschwitz, Executive IT Architect at IBM

Location and dates

Monash Conference Centre
Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 November

For more information contact Dr Ariel Liebman.

+61 3 9903 1970

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