Smart grid news: Sharon Allan named top 50 pioneer, Australia emerges as strong market

Sharon Allan has focused SGIP’s work on distributed energy resources, cybersecurity and test beds since joining SGIP

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a member-led consortium that promotes grid modernization through interoperability, has announced that its president and CEO, Sharon Allan, was named one of the Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneers by Smart Grid Today.

The editors of Smart Grid Today selected the winners from interviews conducted over the past 16 months about modernizing the electric grid around the world.

David Forfia, chairman of the board of directors at SGIP, said: “Under Sharon’s leadership, SGIP has focused its projects on distributed energy resources, cybersecurity and the initiatives around test beds while continuing to promote an active member community supporting those efforts. We look forward to Sharon’s continued contributions to overcoming barriers to grid modernization.”

Smart grid Australia

Meanwhile in Australia, smart grids coupled with changing consumer behaviour can deliver a net benefit to the Australian economy of AUD27 billion (US$21 billion) by 2034, according to a report.

The smart energy and M2M study also predicts energy market reform and cost-reflective electricity pricing such as dynamic tariffs will contribute to the AUD27 billion.

While Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, the report suggests the market is shifting increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.

Significant progress has been made within the industry in Australia in relation to the deployment of smart technologies that, over time, will create a smart national grid, according to the findings by RnR Market Research.

Australia’s Smart Grid, Smart City project, which ran from 2010 to 2013 in Newcastle and Sydney CBD areas, was funded by a AUD100 million (US$81 million) injection from the federal government and around AUD390 million (US$315 million) ‘in kind’ or otherwise from the project’s other contributors, which included entities such as Ausgrid, Energy Australia, IBM Australia, the CSIRO and several local councils.

The report, published in mid-2014, presents three very detailed smart grid scenarios towards the year 2034.

The project trialled a range of in-grid and consumer-based smart technologies with electricity suppliers for 17,000 households in order to determine whether there was an economic benefit attached to deploying the technologies across Australia.

Part of the recommendations were that the broader industry should be involved and that the outcomes would be shared.