The Energy Networks Association (ENA) and CSIRO have launched an Australian-first partnership between the national science agency and electricity networks to deliver an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap.
The roadmap will set out a pathway for the transformation of the electricity network industry throughout the next decade, supporting better customer outcomes as the sector accommodates rapid adoption of new technologies.
Building on the CSIRO’s Future Grid Forum in 2013, the roadmap development process will involve collaboration across the energy supply chain, including consumer representatives, service and technology providers, policy makers, regulators, and academia.
The roadmap framework involves five domains, each including a number of work packages:
- Customer oriented networks, assessing transformation drivers, the reorientation of network services to customers and potential services of the future;
- Revenue and regulatory enablers, reviewing potential revenue and business models, along with regulatory frameworks and mechanisms;
- Pricing and behavioural enablers, addressing tariff reform and support for vulnerable consumers;
- Technological enablers, supporting integration of distributed energy resources; network asset utilisation; gridside technologies and capabilities; and
- Next generation platform, examining new models for market operation and automation.
During this work program the ENA and CSIRO will be focusing on creating new customer value through service innovation, anticipating customer-orientated energy futures, as well as providing network businesses with capacity and resources to support innovation.