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Innovation sees Jemena perform strongly in the Smart Grid Index

Monday, 13 December 2021

Jemena has achieved a strong result in the 2021 Smart Grid Index benchmarking program.

The Smart Grid Index is a simple and quantifiable framework that measures smartness of power grids globally, in seven key dimensions (Monitoring & Control, Data Analytics, Supply Reliability, DER Integration, Green Energy, Security and Customer Empowerment & Satisfaction).

The 2021 Smart Grid Index benchmarked 86 utilities across 37 countries/markets. Located in 20th spot, Jemena’s index increased 8.9% from 2020 and three key dimensions were identified as best practice: Data Analytics, Security and Customer Empowerment & Satisfaction.

Jemena General Manager of Asset and Operations – Electricity, Karl Edwards, said that further improvement to Jemena’s Smart Grid Index is expected as the business continues to innovate on multiple fronts.

“Jemena aims to improve supply reliability by 30 percent and solar reliability by 60 percent by 2023 which will help us to prepare the grid for the future by improving the ability of our network to host additional solar, batteries and electric vehicles. ​​​​​​​

“To meet this target, we will combine the new functionality within our control room Advanced Distribution Management System with advanced analytics on real-time smart meters data to enable better voltage control and create a network that can automatically reconfigure itself to restore power following a fault” he said.

Karl said that in addition to innovations around solar reliability, Jemena is also leading a trial to help support growing adoption of electric vehicles across Australia, while reducing the need for costly upgrades to electricity infrastructure.

“Electric vehicles (EV) are being rolled out in increasing numbers as electrification of transport will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For our part, Jemena is leading an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded collaboration between five Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and a leading EV charging installer to trial dynamic charging of residential EV across three Australian states.

“Due to be completed by November 2022, the trial aims to prove the concept of managing EV charging dynamically with a real time assessment of available network capacity to maximise the connection of EVs to the network without requiring network change,” he said.

Karl said it is through the efforts of the entire team at Jemena that the business can deliver innovative projects such as these and make meaningful change.

“We look forward to progressing on these current innovations as we push towards our future targets, including net-zero by 2050,” he concluded.