The Smart Grid, Smart City (SGSC) project rolled out Australia's first commercial-scale smart grid. The project was delivered and funded by the Australian Government in partnership with Ausgrid, EnergyAustralia and their consortium partners IBM Australia, GE Energy Australia, Sydney Water, and Newcastle City Council.
The Australian Government provided a $100 million grant for Smart Grid, Smart City, which was complemented by more than $400 million of cash and in-kind contributions committed by the project consortium.
The SGSC project gathered robust information about the costs and benefits by testing a smart grid in a real world context. The outcomes of the project can be used to inform future decisions by government, electricity providers, technology suppliers and consumers across Australia.
Economic analysis of the outcomes of the SGSC project suggest that adoption of smart grid technologies across the National Electricity Market would result in an economy wide benefit of $9.5-$28.5 billion over 20 years, and lower network prices. Results also suggest that all customers would benefit from the introduction of a smart grid, with even those customers who didn’t actively engage with the smart grid benefiting by between $156 and $2000 per year.
The trials were based in Newcastle, New South Wales, but also covered areas in Sydney CBD, Newington, Ku-Ring-Gai, and the rural township of Scone.
Reports from the project are available and data from the project is gradually being made available on data.gov.au.
The project commenced in October 2010 and the trials were completed by 28 February 2014. The project's final reports were published on 28 July 2014.
About smart grids
A smart grid works by combining advanced communication, sensing and metering infrastructure with the existing electricity network. Smart grids have enormous potential to improve the efficiency of Australia's electricity sector and transform the way Australians use energy in their homes and businesses.
A smart grid can improve the reliability of electricity services for consumers by identifying and resolving faults on the electricity grid, better managing voltage and identifying infrastructure requiring maintenance. Smart grids can also help consumers better manage their individual electricity consumption and costs through the use of energy efficient 'smart appliances' and pricing structures.
Smart Grid, Smart City - Reports and data
Reports on the findings of the SGSC project are provided as additional information.
Data from the project was previously available on an information clearing house, but is now being migrated to data.gov.au. Current data sets available on data.gov.au include customer trial data (interval reading, household characteristics, and related data).
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