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Australia’s Smart Grid Opportunity

Australia is now considered to be one of the world leaders in smart-grid energy networking

Australia is now considered to be one of the world leaders in a technology, comparable only to the United States in terms of smart grid innovation. Last year received the Federal Government for a National Energy Efficiency Initiative granted AU$100 million to develop a smart-grid energy network.

A recent study, conducted by IDC  polled utility leaders from Australia, about their major initiatives, objectives, expected payback, readiness and challenges.



The study noted that smart utility technologies are generating vast amounts of data and analytics, although less than half of the top 20 utilities are applying analytics to energy consumption. Even so, utilities executives worldwide believe that with the proper organization, companies can reach profitability goals in a relatively short amount of time and with the coming together of some of the top names in the utilities industry across Australia the future is looking bright.

Key to the debates will be representatives from Horizon Power, Ergon Energy, Western Power, Energy Australia, and Power Link focusing on key topics such as Distribution Management which is currently one of the most crucial elements to smart grid implementation, what have been the primary innovative achievements in the Australian smart grid sector since investment has begun to roll in and where they expect to have developed by the end of the year.

With huge investment and endless possibilities are the industry Ready?

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.

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