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Australia CHINA india italy Malaysia south africa
Smart Grids
Industry Training Course
This cou...
Smart Grids
Course overview
Electricity provision in
Australia and around the
world is undergoing a profound
Module 1
Power systems
n	 Electricity networks and their
main subsystems.
n	 Historical developments and
Module 5
Economic Regulation
of Networks
n	 What are the objectives of
network regulation and how
do these objectives inte...
Vassilios G
Agelidis is currently
Professor in the
School of Electrical
Engineering &
and Director of t...
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Monash Smart grids Industry Short-Course, Nov 18-20th 2013, Melbourne.


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Monash Smart grids Industry Short-Course, Nov 18-20th 2013, Melbourne.

  1. 1. Australia CHINA india italy Malaysia south africa Smart Grids Industry Training Course This course is tailored for professionals seeking to understand and identify opportunities in this new energy revolution. Monday 18 to Wednesday 20, November, 2013 Monash Conference Centre Information Technology
  2. 2. Smart Grids Course overview Electricity provision in Australia and around the world is undergoing a profound transformation driven by new technologies, increased demand for fossil fuels in the developing world, and climate policies. The smart grid paradigm encompasses the technological components of this transformation whereby new technologies such as solar panels and batteries will integrate with the existing grid. Enabled by new information and communication technologies this provides utilities with more efficient ways to manage their infrastructure and can provide consumers with the ability to participate fully in the energy market. Together this will lead to a more flexible and economically efficient system that can also better accommodate and even benefit from new technologies such as electric vehicles and renewables. Assuming minimal prior knowledge, this course provides complete coverage of the key ICT, engineering, and economic aspects of smart grids at a fundamental level. Course description Several motivating factors are emerging as key considerations in electricity production and delivery. These being energy security, empowered consumers and climate change. These factors are driving fundamental changes in the way that energy is generated, managed and distributed. Smart grids are emerging as the technology able to address the demands of a changing energy provision landscape. This includes support for electric vehicles, distributed renewable energy supplies, and improvements in operational support of the grid. Professionals with the right mix of power engineering, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and economics knowledge are critical to support the development of energy infrastructure, services, and the consumer interest in Australia. This unique combination of skills is presently not readily accessible in the industry. The Smart Grid Course will address this skills shortage and is jointly conducted as a collaborative effort between Monash University, UNSW, and IBM. The smart grid course is designed for engineers, power company staff and other energy professionals from all electricity industry sectors including distribution, retail, generation and transmission. It would equally be of interest to state and federal energy regulation specialists, government policy professionals, ICT industry professionals who are interested in smart-grid opportunities, and consumer advocacy specialists. The course will help them ensure they are well positioned with the right knowledge and advanced skills. Skills that are necessary to adapt to the new electricity industry technological trends, to transform their business models, develop new business models, deliver smart grid programs, or serve their constituencies and stakeholders better. The course will address several key topics in power engineering, energy economics, and ICT, as well as the convergence of these technologies into smart grids. At the end of an intensive 24-hour, 3-day session, participants will have the advanced knowledge and skills to incorporate smart grid insights or technologies into their future work. The attendees will also have the unique opportunity of being some of the first to gain an inside look at the outcomes of the recently completed $100 million Smart Grid Smart City project in NSW (www. A complete course covering all key Smart Grid aspects including ICT technologies, electrical engineering, and energy economics. This course is tailored for professionals seeking to understand and identify opportunities in this new energy revolution. It also includes a “hot-off-the-press” case study of the recently completed $100million Smart Grid Smart City project in NSW. Course program Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Module 1 Module 5 Module 9 Power System Fundamentals Power System Economics II Network Regulation Modern Loads and Modern Sources Module 2 Module 6 Module 10 Introduction to Smart Grids: What is a Smart Grid? Power System Economics III Smart Grids Economics Power Systems Operation and Substations Module 3 Module 7 Module 11 Electricity Grids: Modern Electricity Network Technologies Anatomy of a Smart Grid Architecture Informatics for Distribution Systems Module 4 Module 8 Module 12 Power System Economics I Energy Markets Delivering the smart grid Case Study: Smart Grid – Smart City
  3. 3. Module 1 Power systems fundamentals n Electricity networks and their main subsystems. n Historical developments and market deregulation. n Supply and demand issues n Electricity markets and regulatory bodies in Australia. n Key components of electricity grids and the way such grids are designed and managed. Module 2 Introduction to Smart Grids n Smart grid concepts and definitions n Smart grid drivers n Smart grid benefits. n What is and what is not smart grid. n Smart grid opportunities and challenges. n Technology sectors required to deliver the smart grid. n Industrial standards and smart grid. Module 3 Electricity Grids n Traditional grid structures – architecture and components. n Performance criteria for a grid – safety, technical and operational performance (voltage, quality of supply, law, regulation). n Meeting performance criteria for generators, transmission lines, planning criteria, and physical processes. n Performance constraints in load characteristics, dynamic and transient responses, transmission line effects, and non-physical (regulatory and planning). n Control mechanisms in frequency as the ‘glue’, grid stiffness, voltage regulation, system stabilization. n Transition to ‘smartness’ – historical context, influence of new and existing constraints. Module 4 Power Market Economics n Electricity supply-chain economics; where do the various costs come from? n Designing wholesale electricity markets: what is better? Energy only, or capacity markets? n Role of prices as signals to the consumer. n Transmission economics and congestion pricing. What should we have? Regulated or entrepreneurial interconnectors. n Evolution of the Australian National Electricity Market. Some surprises and unexpected consequences. n Derivatives markets, and futures trading for hedging and risk management. n Carbon and renewable certificate markets. How does carbon really affect electricity prices? n Transmission expansion planning and its interaction with the new gas markets. Module outlines
  4. 4. Module 5 Economic Regulation of Networks n What are the objectives of network regulation and how do these objectives interact with market design? n What is the form of network regulation used in Australia, and why have we developed this type of regulation? n Regulatory specifics – open questions on risk and ownership in building block regulation. n How do we design network regulation that can deal with the development of smart grids (and will we get there)? Module 6 Smart Grid Economics n Setting efficient (cost reflective) prices for the smart grid use of system and connection – volume, capacity, location, time. n Customer propositions – TOU, CPP, automatic control (including role of smart meters). n Equity and distributional impacts – cross subsidies and who pays? n Disaggregated value chain – retailers, networks, aggregators – split incentives – realising value. n Grid level smart solutions – e.g. storage, sub-station automation. Module 7 Anatomy of a Smart Grid Architecture n Overview of major aspects, components, and layers of a smart grid architecture. n Devices, sensors, and communications. n Integration and data dissemination. n Grid aware applications. n Key user groups and processes. Module 8 Delivering the Smart Grid n Smart grid vision and target architecture. n Smart Grid Maturity Model. n Smart grid strategy. n Implementation roadmap. n Pilot and foundational projects. Module 9 Modern Loads and Modern Sources n Modern generation sources such as photovoltaics (PVs), wind turbines, microturbines, fuel cells, etc. n Current developments associated with modern loads such as electronics and plugged-in electric vehicles. n Developments in utility level energy storage technologies. n Power electronics interfaces for renewable energy sources, modern loads and energy storage systems. n The concepts of microgrids. Module 10 Power Systems Operation and Substations n The various operating states of a power system. n Fundamentals of transmission and distribution lines, reactive power compensation. n Utility-level power electronics including FACTS and HVDC technologies. n Traditional protection concepts. n Traditional SCADA concepts. n Automation – sectionalisers and reclosers. n Electricity internetworking. n Systems – protection, control, measurement and monitoring. n Configuration management. Module 11 Informatics for Distribution Systems n Power quality issues and distribution networks. n Power quality monitoring and diagnostics techniques. n Power quality solutions. n Advanced technologies and phase measurement techniques for transmission and distribution networks. n Industrial standards and power quality. Module 12 Australian Smart Grid Smart City Case Study n The potential for smart metering in Australia and the Smart Grid Smart City (SGSC) experience. n SGSC experiences of constraints and challenges establishing smart metering. n The underlying business requirements of metering. n Communications needs for a smart grid. n Telecommunications technologies and options available in building a smart grid solution. n What approaches were taken in the SGSC and why?
  5. 5. Vassilios G Agelidis is currently Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications and Director of the Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Professor Agelidis is one of Australia’s leading authorities on efficient electricity grid technologies. He leads Australia’s largest and fastest growing research team working on advanced energy conversion and system integration technologies. In 2004, Vassilios received the UK’s most prestigious research fellowship for a young researcher, the Advanced Research Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Formerly the EnergyAustralia Chair of Power Engineering at the University of Sydney, Professor Agelidis is a reviewer of research proposals submitted to the Australian Research Council and the Research Councils of Singapore, Hong-Kong, Greece, Italy, UK, Chile, Belgium and Canada. Dr Ariel Liebman is senior research fellow and Director of Energy and Carbon Programs at the Monash Faculty of Information Technology. Ariel is an energy systems economics specialist with experience across all aspects of the electricity supply chain. This includes deregulated power markets, network regulation, smart-grids, and commercial retail operations. His specialty is modeling and simulation of electricity markets using high performance computing platforms. Dr Liebman holds a PhD in Physics and has published on various aspects of the electricity industry including impacts of emission trading, real-options investment, and wholesale price forecasting. Dr Liebman has advised large energy utilities across Australia including Australia’s largest energy retailers, distribution companies, and others. He has collaborated with the CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship and is a member of the Smart Grids Australia R&D leaders working group. Dr Chris Pavlovski is the Chief Architect, Technology and Innovation for IBM Australia. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He has a PhD in Cryptography, has over 35 referred journals and conference papers, and has worked on commercial projects in over 14 countries world-wide. His projects primarily include emerging technology solutions in Smart Grids, Smarter Planet, and Telecommunications. He has pioneered several solutions in multimedia service delivery, smarter energy systems, and mobile solutions. He continues to work with IBM research in R&D projects and collaborates with industry and academia in defining new innovations for the market. Dr Gill Owen is Research Program Leader (consumers and energy markets) at Monash Sustainability Institute and a member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel. Gill has published extensively on energy efficiency, electricity demand response and smart meters. Until her departure from the UK, in August 2012, Gill was also:  n a Non-Executive Director of the England and Wales water regulator Ofwat; n a member of Ofgem’s (Great Britain energy regulator) Consumer Challenge Group for the Distribution and Transmission Price Reviews; n a member of the UK Government’s Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group; n Vice Chair of the UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group. She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and was also previously a non-executive board member of Ofgem. Thomas Tschirschwitz is an Executive IT Architect at IBM and an Open Group certified Distinguished IT architect, focusing on enterprise solutions in a variety of industries. Thomas has over 20 years of IT experience including enterprise architecture, program architecture, business case formulation, enterprise solution architecture, complex systems integration, project management and application development. He has a deep understanding of systems integration & delivery, including solution optioning, program governance, program architecture, estimating and risk assessment. In consulting, Thomas has led engagements around Enterprise Architecture, Transformation Roadmaps, Project Reviews, Online Channel Strategy and SOA Maturity Assessments. Stephen King is Professor of Economics and co-director of the Monash Business Policy Forum at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He was Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University from 2009-2011. Prior to joining Monash, Stephen was a Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where he chaired the Mergers Review Committee. Stephen’s main areas of expertise are in competition economics, regulation and industrial organization. Stephen’s research has been published widely, including articles in major international economics journals. He has edited and co-authored books on Australian economic policy including Unlocking the Infrastructure (with Rod Maddock) and Finishing the Job (with Joshua Gans). Stephen is a part-time Member of the Economic Regulation Authority of WA, a Member of Australia’s National Competition Council, and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He is also an Editor of the Economic Record, the journal of the Economics Society of Australia. Stephen has advised numerous government agencies and private businesses and has provided expert testimony to the Courts, including in AGL v ACCC (2003), and TXU v ORG (2001). Stephen received the University Medal from ANU for his undergraduate studies in Economics. He has a PhD from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
  6. 6. 13P–927 Disclaimer: Monash University reserves the right to alter information, procedures, fees and regulations contained in this document. Please check the Monash University website for updates ( All information reflects prescriptions, policy and practice in force at time of publication. Published September 2013. CRICOS provider: Monash University 00008C For further information and to enrol visit Course cost Before Saturday, 4 October 2013 Before Saturday, 19 October 2013 After Saturday, 19 October 2013 $3,495 + GST (Save $500) 3 or more attendees from organisation $3,295 + GST (Save $700) $3,695 + GST (Save $300) 3 or more attendees from organisation $3,495 + GST (Save $500) $3,995 + GST 3 or more attendees from organisation $3,795 + GST (Save $200) Maximum number of attendees is 20 LEARN about smart grid technologies and why they impact electricity systems so strongly. BECOME your organisation’s expert on smart grids and energy systems. MAKE effective business decisions after understanding smart-grids and electricity markets. UNDERSTAND in detail how electricity is produced, delivered and priced. BE THE FIRST to gain a detailed understanding of the Smart Grid Smart City project in NSW. MASTER the correct regulatory and policy language to communicate and influence stakeholders. IDENTIFY where smart grids fit in for consumers and for network owners. DISCOVER what ICT technologies are relevant to smart grids. EXPLORE how and when smart grids will make electricity more affordable. Who should attend This 3-day course is specifically designed to give a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the smart grid to professionals who need to understand the developments and opportunities in this field. It has been specifically developed for participants with little or no previous knowledge of the electricity systems, energy economics or recent advances in information and communication technologies. However it is also highly suitable for those who have already had some exposure to the market and are looking to update or renew their knowledge. It is relevant to: n Electricity industry staff from all parts of the supply chain including distributors, generators, transmission operators and energy retailers. n Economic and technical regulators covering the energy industry, as well as state and federal energy policy specialists. n Commercial and industrial consumers’ key decision makers such as procurement managers, sustainability managers and energy managers. n Graduate recruits and staff of energy retailers, generators and network operators. n ICT industry professionals exploring future opportunities in the energy and smart grids space. n Consumer, climate and other energy policy advocacy professionals needing to understand new trends in energy provision. Smart grids industry short course Monday 18 to Wednesday 20, November, 2013 Monash Conference Centre Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 For further information contact: Dr Ariel Liebman, Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, Melbourne, Australia ph: +61 3 9903 1970 mobile: +61 0419 186 534 email: