Category: QSI Article


The opportunity for consumers and the grid edge to secure Australia’s power system

Recent events in the Australia electricity market, including major power outages in South Australia, the failure of the BassLink interconnector and supply issues at the Alcoa smelter in Victoria, to name a few, have highlighted the challenge of maintaining grid security in an increasingly complex electricity system. 1. Introduction: In the wake of such events,…


Australia could have a 960MW virtual power plant, at no additional cost to consumers

This article has been adapted from Marchment Hill Consulting’s Finkel Review submission. The full submission can be found here MHC’s latest research demonstrates that if all the customers with a premium feed-in-tariff (PFiT) subsidy used the residual value of that subsidy to purchase a battery storage system, Australia could have a 960MW virtual power plant,…


Blockchain, hype or hero?

Interest in blockchain or distributed ledger technology is building and this technology is already making the transition into the energy industry, where a number of trials are underway around the globe. But what is it and what does it mean for the energy industry? What is distributed ledger technology? Distributed ledger technology is the underlying…



Decentralised asset systems – where does Asset Management fit in?

Decentralised water systems have been used by urban utilities for decades to service remote areas. These systems have typically been ‘fit-for-purpose’ and low complexity, however, remote communities facing global pressures such as climate change, population growth and water scarcity are now placing increased expectations on their water utilities to develop more sophisticated and resilient solutions…


Towards a customer centric network business – lessons from international markets

There is a growing consensus in the energy sector that network service providers (NSPs) need to become more customer centric. Customers have undoubtedly imposed this realisation on the industry through their uptake of distributed technologies which are interacting with the established supply infrastructure in ways which present both risks and opportunities for NSPs. But how…


Getting to the bottom of organisation and operating model challenges

Utilities typically struggle with reviews of their organisation and operating model. Whilst there may be many preconceived ideas on what organisational challenges exist, the prospect of a review raises many unanswered questions and runs the risk of destabilising the utility. An Organisational Diagnostic Framework developed by Marchment Hill Consulting (MHC) provides a strong and meaningful…


The rise of the embedded network – implications and opportunities

Embedded networks are on the rise in Australia, with approximately 500 large-scale and thousands of smaller embedded networks established across the country. It is already common practice for developments such as shopping centres, airports and apartment buildings to be implemented as embedded networks. The next frontier involves large residential housing developments, where entire neighbourhoods are…


Challenges for Network Service Providers on the yellow brick road to unregulated revenues

Network Service Providers (NSPs) are increasingly pursuing unregulated revenue opportunities to offset recent reductions in the growth of their regulated business. However, efforts by regulators to ensure that any unregulated activities are appropriately ring-fenced are creating an increasingly complex operating environment for NSPs. Reductions in the level of peak demand in the NEM(1) and the…