3rd quarterly report – March 2017 to May 2017 in California

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Dec 192017

The 3rd quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial ran from 1st March 2017 to 30th June 2017.

My report here that covers this period discusses and reflects on the final work conducted in California – both with Strategen Consulting and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This placement focused on grid modernisation and establishing a multiple use application framework to value stack services from energy storage effectively.  During my time in California there were a variety of learnings, however five key aspects applicable to the Queensland Power Industry were:

1) Information Sharing is key. At the pace of technological advancement and change, information sharing and collaboration internationally is increasingly more important.

2) Approach grid modernisation holistically.  Clear policy and regulatory review, effective interconnection standards, cost-reflective rates, new markets and valuation of DER, updated planning processes and increased network visibility are all required for grid modernisation to be effective.

3) Effective new frameworks to maximise technology. Often technology is limited by outdated regulation, preventing solutions from being as technically or economically effective as they could be.

4) Energy storage flexibility. The flexibility to deploy energy storage solutions quickly, relocate them when needed and expand on them if required can help manage investment risk in the rapidly changing power system environment.

5) Australia can be a leader and export learnings to the world if it wishes to. Working in the power industry outside of Australia (thanks to the ES Cornwall scholarship), it is clear that the Australian power sector has all the attributes to be a world leader in grid modernisation.

Each of these five learnings are discussed in more detail in my 3rd quarterly report.

My final report covering learning about understanding & influencing customer behaviour

 Posted by Jared McKee  Comments Off on My final report covering learning about understanding & influencing customer behaviour
Apr 112013

Please find attached here my final report, following from my E. S. Cornwall Scholarship experiences.

During my scholarship I spent 10 months in total overseas, working with GE Energy in Atlanta, GA and then with Northern Powergrid in Leeds, UK.

My reports lists more of the lessons learnt through the scholarship experiences – the following are some highlights:

1)   We should use needs-based segmentation to effectively design and target our programs.

2)  We should increase data sharing and collaboration – particularly with smart meter data.

3)  We should use hypotheses when conducting demand response trials.

4)  We should focus on changing internal culture surrounding demand response such that people treat it as equally dependable as the direct load control (“the big red button”).

The ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship has played a pivotal role in developing my technical ability and broadening my understanding of the industry and world. I would like to thank the scholarship committee for awarding the scholarship to me and Energex for financially supporting the opportunity. I would also like to thank GE Energy and Northern Powergrid for entrusting me with important work and supporting my cultural assimilation in the USA and UK respectively.

A summary of my experience abroad on the scholarship

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May 032011

This presentation was prepared in April 2011, following my return to Australia after my stint overseas on the scholarship.

It provides a summary of my experience – both with National Grid (in the UK) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) (in Canada).

Through my scholarship, I did achieve my objective of understanding more about the operational and planning approaches used in the integration of large-scale renewable energy into large, established electricity grids.

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