Developing and exploring potential scenarios for Australia's energy future and supporting the decision-making process around what comes next.

The challenge

Predicting the future of our grid

Australia's electricity landscape has huge potential for transformation as we move towards 2050 and the greatest changes will be defined by consumer choices. Australians could have unprecedented opportunity to tailor their electricity use and better meet individual needs.

Panel of experts convened for Future Forum launch

Our response

Establishing industry forum

We convened the Future Grid Forum to develop and explore potential scenarios for Australia's energy future and support the decision-making process around what comes next. The forum brought together more than 120 representatives of the electricity industry, government and community to inform and inspire a national conversation and provide a way forward for the sector, its stakeholders and, most importantly, all Australians.

The results

Australia's first 'extensive' evaluation

The result is Australia's first extensive whole-of-system evaluation encompassing the entire energy chain - from generation through to consumption. Findings from the forum are presented in a comprehensive report, Change and choice: The Future Grid Forum's analysis of Australia's potential electricity pathways to 2050 [pdf · 10mb].

The forum developed four scenarios that have far-reaching implications for the current and future electricity supply chain and would alter the electricity system in Australia.

The four scenarios that were explored in detail were:

  • set and forget – where consumers rely on utilities
  • rise of the prosumer – where consumers actively design or customise solutions
  • leaving the grid – where consumers disconnect from the grid
  • renewables thrive – where storage play a large part in entire electricity system.

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