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  The global energy context (security, price & environmental impacts)
 
  • Energy sector objectives
  • Fossil fuel supply, demand and price trends
  • Uranium and nuclear fuel supply, demand and price trends
  • Renewable energy resources and their characteristics
  • Climate change and its implications for the stationary energy sector
   
  Innovation opportunities in the stationary energy sector
 
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Nuclear energy
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • End-use efficiency and flexibility
  • Network and metering services
  • The “smart grid” – information, communication and decentralised control
  • Electric vehicles
   
  Designing a coherent decisionmaking regime for the stationary energy sector
 
  • Design criterion – a generalised version of incentive compatibility
  • Governance regime (policy and regulatory bodies and their functions)
  • Security regime (power system and market operation, security and reliability management)
  • Commercial regime (ancillary service, spot energy and derivative markets, competitive and regulated network services)
  • Technical regime (connection requirements and network technical regulation)
  • High-level comparison of the decision-making frameworks for the Australian NEM, the WA SWIS, North America and Europe
   
 

Scorecard to date for the Australian National Electricity Market

 
  • The governance regime – performance to date and future possibilities
  • The security regime – performance to date and future possibilities
  • The commercial regime – performance to date and future possibilities
  • The technical regime – performance to date and future possibilities
   
 

Meeting future challenges for the NEM

 
  • Getting the balance right between generation, network and demand-side options
  • Rapidly reducing the industry’s carbon footprint
  • Integrating non-storable renewable energy
  • Successfully engaging end-users
  • Designing and implementing a “smart grid”
  • Achieving electricity and gas industry convergence
  • Preparing for possible large-scale deployment of electric vehicles
   

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