Vic makes smart grid cash grab

United Energy, Jemena, AGL Energy and Accenture have formed a consortium that hopes to make the city of Frankston in Victoria the national demonstration city for the Federal Government's $100 million in smart grid funding.

in brief United Energy, Jemena, AGL Energy and Accenture have formed a consortium that hopes to see Frankston, Victoria, as the demonstration city for the Federal Government's $100 million smart grid pilot.

The idea of the funding was to create a pilot city in which to carry out trials to show how smarter, more aware energy networks can help Australians use less energy. The Federal Government released a tender for the pilot last October. The bid, headed by United Energy, is supported by the Victorian Government.

"Our bid sets out an integrated program for 10,000 households and businesses to use advanced technologies to understand their power usage, control their appliances and harness solar power, all aimed at reshaping the way power is delivered and used," United Energy CEO Gleeson said in a statement.

AGL Energy will implement the customer facing trials, while Accenture will be the integration partner. Delivery partner Jemena will install grid management technologies on the network in the Frankston area.

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