Coast Vies for Smart Grid Trial

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), May 16, 2009 | Go to article overview

Coast Vies for Smart Grid Trial


Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE Sunshine Coast council will move quickly to assess its chances of winning $100 million in federal funding for a trial of smart grid energy systems.

Mayor Bob Abbot said the initiative announced in the federal budget would provide the money for a trial in a regional city of new technology to assist transition to a low carbon economy.

The trial would involve an energy sector partnership to develop a smarter and more energy efficient network.

A spokesman for environment minister Peter Garrett said smart grid technology used sensors to monitor electricity supply across distribution networks, using broadband technology.

This would allow the easier integration of renewable energy - such as solar and wind power - into the grid and enable energy generated in homes, schools and businesses to be stored and shared.

When combined with smart meters in homes, it would give consumers immediate information on how much energy they were using, at what cost, and how they could save money.

The project may result in homes across the region being fitted with the very latest in smart energy technology.

Mr Abbot said council would immediately test the criteria and seek to determine if it had a genuine chance of a successful application. …

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