Category: Emerging Issue


Where to draw the line with outages

Emerging Issue: Late on 1 November 2015, South Australia (SA) experienced a power outage affecting 110,000 customers. The source of the fault was traced to ElectraNet’s South East terminal substation (although the exact source is still unknown). Exacerbating the outage, the MurrayLink interconnector was undergoing planned maintenance, leaving limited system redundancy. The incident highlights that…


Senate Inquiry Calls for National Stormwater Commission

Emerging Issue: The Senate Inquiry into Stormwater Resources in Australia, initially due to report on 25th June, published its findings(1) on 2nd December 2015. The Senate Committee recommends: A National Stormwater Initiative Independent audits of stormwater knowledge and opportunities COAG attention to stormwater aspects of water policy New funding models and financial incentives for improved stormwater…





The Tesla effect – great to test drive but how can the networks benefit?

Emerging Issue: In December 2014, Tesla Motors officially landed in Australia offering its Tesla Model S to Australian customers. In conjunction with the North Sydney-based showroom, Tesla has officially opened two Sydney-based supercharges and has grand plans for future development – a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging station connecting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne before…



Water privatisation by stealth?

In the past few decades, private or hybrid ownership models have become the norm for electricity generation, energy retail and telecommunication assets. Road infrastructure and electricity networks are still largely in public hands, but privatisation is gradually happening in these sectors too, and is now more widely accepted as legitimate and safe by the community….


The Power of One: Designing a better relationship between retailers and networks to rescue a declining industry

Customers are turning away from the grid in favour of alternative energy supply options at comparable cost. These alternatives can even command a price premium over the grid; in part, due to new entrants successfully identifying and selling to customer needs, and also due to customers’ levels of frustration and mistrust toward the traditional electricity…