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Smart grid infrastructure deployment: Social justice mechanisms for Western Australia

Temmen, Justin (2013) Smart grid infrastructure deployment: Social justice mechanisms for Western Australia. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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Evolution of today’s electricity supply system into intelligent, automated, selfrepairing and diversely supplied networks is necessary for the future requirements of growing populations concerned with economies, climate change and social equity.

This report discusses the current state of the art with respect to smart grids, investigating the enabling systems that feature within the interface between supply and demand. Informed by contemporary smart grid trials and pilot studies, the report outlines barriers and challenges that have arisen in the deployment of smart grid systems. Investigation of backlash and concerns for disadvantaged demographics leads to the proposal of distributed energy generation and storage systems integrated with advanced metering infrastructure and direct load control devices to alleviate the economic hardship, and fulfil a reasonable expectation of quality power supply faced by these demographics.

A case study on remote indigenous communities and another on low income community housing, using data from stakeholders within these domains, informs examples of applicable distributed systems. Feasibility of photovoltaic renewable energy systems and energy storage systems within indigenous communities is investigated where a 50c /kWh feed-in exists. Results are translated to similar residential density coded properties within the metro. Recommendations for flexibility in the consideration of systems for medium to high density community housing accommodation, with respect to roof space and the foot-print requirements of energy storage systems, follow an example for a 50 apartment medium density complex.

Payback periods of 5 to 10 years are shown to be feasible, using a business case which proposes the negotiation of feed-in, peak feed-in and ancillary service tariffs and concessions from the contestable energy market.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Anda, Martin and Crebbin, Gregory
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