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Our aim is to enable reliable, affordable, sustainable and equitable energy for communities and businesses.

The Smart Energy mission in development incorporates the work of teams from CSIRO Energy, Data61, Environment, and Mineral Resources to build more holistic systems intelligence into Australia’s energy transformation. This mission in development is in the concept/planning stage.


The energy transformation is an integrated systems problem.

To realise Australia’s net zero emissions future, we must significantly transform our energy system. By switching to alternative fuels and electrification, and implementing industry-wide emission reduction technologies, our energy infrastructure is becoming more decentralised, interconnected and dynamic. The system is being transformed in the midst of a changing climate, shifting markets, and competition for critical skills and resources.

An increasingly complex energy landscape requires significant investments in integrated systems analysis, system digitalisation, and social science to ensure affordability, reliability, sustainability, fairness, and economic opportunity. The transformation needs to be supported by access to key data, a multi-layered modelling framework integrating different domains, and modern socio-technical strategies.

Australia is at the forefront of global energy system transformation challenges and opportunities due to the characteristics of our networks, the central role of the energy sector in our economy, and the ongoing rapid adoption of renewables.

Potential impact

Increasing efficiency, optimising investment and creating new services

  • Help guide investment and establish new opportunities for innovation
  • Improve energy system flexibility, fairness and resilience
  • Improve capacity for renewable technologies, faster decarbonisation

Proposed focus

Transforming how our energy system evolves and operates

  • Delivering an integrated framework for energy system evaluations and forecasting
  • Boosting the digital capability of energy system operations
  • Integrating distributed energy resources, data and services to benefit all Australians

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