Australian smart grid project

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The Australian federal government sealed an official agreement with EnergyAustralia for the first Australian smart grid project of commercial scale in October 2010.[1]

The project will give consumers the power to turn appliances on and off using their smartphones or through a portal.

EnergyAustralia leads a consortium of players, including IBM, that will build working prototypes so consumers can have a better handle on their energy consumption.

The government hopes that this knowledge will lead to the eventual reduction of power use and carbon emissions.

The Labor government has committed up to $100 million of taxpayer funding to the trial. EnergyAustralia’s three-year agreement with the government is worth $93m. EnergyAustralia has invested $200m since 2006 building products around the smart grid technology.

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  1. EnergyAustralia bags $93m smart grid contract, Australian IT, 8 October 2010
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