Our last major theme for this edition is utility modernisation. It’s a topic that is on everyone’s minds, and words like innovation, technology and digitalisation are part of our industry lingo now. We examine why. One country that is considering the future of energy is Australia. In 2016, Australia’s chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel told the leaders of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that they had “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform the electricity sector to maximise its resilience in the face of rapid market changes.” Read pg 114 to understand part of the journey they are undertaking. Transformation is not limited to Australia and we spoke with French TSO RTE to understand how they believe adding sensors to their grid will enable them to work better, faster, smarter (pg 108).

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