Intelligent Grid Report: a value proposition for distributed energy in Australia
The Intelligent Grid report is the culmination of a three year research program which examined the social, technological, environmental and economic value of widespread distributed energy use in Australia.
11 December 2009 | Updated 4 April 2012
Local power solutions
Distributed energy is a term that describes technologies and systems which provide local generation of electrical power (distributed generation), energy efficiency and management of when and how energy is used (demand management).
What is the value of using distributed energy?
The Intelligent Grid research project set out to understand the value of widespread distributed energy use in Australia, in terms of financial cost and benefits to the environment and society.
The report outlines the potential contribution distributed energy can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and how these benefits can be realised.
The value proposition
The report found the value of wide-scale deployment of distributed energy solutions could be as much as A$130 billion by 2050 in present value cost savings (discounted by seven per cent) in meeting a Garnaut 450 parts per million (ppm) CO2 scenario.
Another key finding was that through a combination of distributed energy technologies and renewables, water usage associated with energy generation could be reduced by up to 75 per cent.
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