Author: Marchmenthill


P2P Energy Trading Trial

MHC are working with AGL to test P2P energy trading with blockchain technology to allow households to trade surplus energy from their rooftop solar panels, with the aim of determining the regulatory and system changes needed to make the market work effectively. Read the full press release in the Australian Financial Review Media Release issued from ARENA…



Do we need another contestable market, or a market that’s more contestable?

Is there a lack of meaningful competition in the electricity retail sector? The idea of Contestability has been topical lately. One of the AEMC’s many Power of Choice review recommendations is the creation of a new contestable market for Demand-Side Participation (DSP), alongside the existing contestable market for energy retailing, so that providers of demand…


Is SAM dead?

The Strategic Asset Management (SAM) framework has been widely adopted by network utilities across the globe and its principles are largely applied in the design of their operating models. The electricity industry is currently facing a number of significant trends including a wider availability of more economic electricity supply alternatives (e.g. PV), falling electricity demand…


Electricity forecasting – what a difference a year makes!

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) 2012 Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) represents the first demand and supply forecast under AEMO’s National Energy Forecasting Report (NEFR). And what a difference a year, and greater independence, makes. Figure 1 compares the AEMO’s forecast Low Reserve Condition (LRC) for each National Electricity Market (NEM) region between the…



Creating a Human Resources strategy for an integrated energy utility

Marchment Hill Consulting’s (MHC) client, an Asian-based integrated energy utility, sought assistance to formulate a human resources (HR) roadmap, strategy framework, as well as key initiatives to address a series of workforce-related issues. These issues included: Limited connectivity between future plans for recruitment, training and development, and the future works program. Rapidly changing mix of…


Vertical integration business model in electricity markets – can it survive?

Vertical integration by a business combines different functional elements of a supply chain within a market. Generally, the benefits of vertical integration reflect the perceived and expected efficiency gained by: Addressing coordination challenges between functional elements Effectively combining assets/services to the benefit of consumers Reducing transaction costs associated with coordinating functional elements Reducing risks and…


Interview: Insights on creating a high-performance workforce

Lyn Iacumin talks to Marchment Hill Consulting about her recent appointment as Senior Branch Manager, Service Delivery at ActewAGL. In this role, Lyn is accountable for the delivery of construction, maintenance and emergency response services for ActewAGL’s electricity network. Through her 30 years’ experience across the utilities industry, Lyn has gained exposure to all facets…