Is there more to the National Broad Band (NBN ) than than just all the hoopla over high speed movie downloads?? I suspect that maybe there is. Check out Smart Grids Australia “…. Smart Wired Consortium a broad based, home connectivity industry body, with members including FOXTEL and Telstra Smart Community, amongst others, have warned that Australian homes run the risk of missing out on the optic fibre revolution, and calling for agreed technology standards for new and existing homes. The Consortium is launching a new Code of Practice and a number of related Handbooks on home technology. The Code of Practice sets out the basic standards homes will need to ensure they get reliable and guaranteed entertainment, security, energy management , communication and automation services, and has been developed as an open, independent platform. A couple odf the policy statements give a bit a clue.
Developing Smart Grid communications infrastructures
Open standard communications networks are key to the development of Smart Grids in Australia
It is important that the communications networks support Smart Grids have adequate two-way capacity and performance characteristics to support monitoring and controlling tomorrow’s electricity grids
A mix of telecommunications technologies and mediums will be required to provide the communications networks for Smart Grids
The National Broadband program and associated policy decisions are an important step in developing a consistent approach to broadband development in Australia, but should be viewed as part of a wider solution for Smart Grid communication requirements
Individual utility companies will have different requirements for communications capabilities, and as such it should be left to companies to develop their requirements in consultation with telecommunications carriers, vendors and integrators
Advanced Metering Infrastructure
SGA supports the deployment of smart meters as an enabler to energy efficiency, utility operational efficiency and the development of a sustainable energy sector in Australia
Smart metering can be a smart grid enabler (the first step towards a SG deployment) or a smart grid blocker (that is, an investment which is not compatible with a future SG)
Smart meter deployments should be planned in the context of a broader strategy for longer-term modernisation of Australia’s electricity network
Communication capabilities in smart meters should either:
be adequate from the outset;
be easily upgradeable without the need for early meter replacement.
Development of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
SGA supports the development and implementation of an Emissions Trading Scheme as a catalyst for driving efficiency programs and a progressive transition to the increased use of clean, renewable sources of energy
Smart Grids have the potential to offset the cost impacts to consumers of an Emissions Trading Scheme through the provision of consumption information and the enablement of energy efficiency programs and products.
A clear transition path from existing state-based schemes to a national ETS is crucial to provide certainty to businesses and consumers
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