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RAEL Lunch Speaker: Prof Iain MacGill

August 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

| Free

Talk titleSome lessons from Aus­tralia and the Asia Pacific on sus­tain­able elec­tric­ity indus­try tran­si­tion – energy ser­vices, tech­nolo­gies, mar­kets, poli­cies and governance

Venue: 310 Bar­rows Hall

Prof Iain MacGill

Joint Direc­tor (Engi­neer­ing), Cen­tre for Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Markets

Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, School of Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and Telecommunications

UNSW Syd­ney

NSW 2052 Australia


Abstract: Aus­tralia and the Asia Pacific pro­vides an inter­est­ing con­text for low car­bon elec­tric­ity indus­try tran­si­tion. The Aus­tralian National Elec­tric­ity Mar­ket (NEM) is one of the phys­i­cally largest inter­con­nected grids in the world. In the South Aus­tralian region of the NEM wind and PV gen­er­a­tion is now con­tribut­ing over 45% of elec­tric­ity demand. Aus­tralia also has the world’s high­est res­i­den­tial pen­e­tra­tion of PV – almost 25% of house­holds now have a PV sys­tem on their roof. At the same time, Aus­tralia also has a large num­ber of mini-​​grids serv­ing remote com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. As seen else­where, there is grow­ing deploy­ment of PV into these grids. Finally, Aus­tralia also has strong regional links and Aid pro­grams with the Asia Pacific region, with all of its energy access chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties. This sem­i­nar will cover some of the work being under­taken by the Uni­ver­sity of NSW into the oppor­tu­ni­ties yet also chal­lenges asso­ci­ated with sus­tain­able elec­tric­ity indus­try tran­si­tion across the  NEM, its mini-​​grids and the wider region. Tech­ni­cal, yet also eco­nomic, com­mer­cial, reg­u­la­tory and pol­icy per­spec­tives will be considered.


Dr Iain MacGill is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the School of Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales, and Joint Direc­tor (Engi­neer­ing) for the University’s Cen­tre for Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Mar­kets (CEEM). He leads work in two of CEEM’s three research areas -  Sus­tain­able Energy Trans­for­ma­tion  includ­ing energy tech­nol­ogy assess­ment and renew­able energy inte­gra­tion, and Dis­trib­uted energy sys­tems includ­ing ‘smart grids’ and ‘smart’ homes, dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion and demand-​​side par­tic­i­pa­tion. He also has research inter­ests in energy and cli­mate pol­icy. He has run indus­try short courses and con­sulted to indus­try and gov­ern­ment clients in these areas here in Aus­tralia and inter­na­tion­ally. He is the Respon­si­ble Aus­tralian Expert on the Inter­na­tional Energy Agency’s PV Power Sys­tems Task 14 on high PV pen­e­tra­tions in the elec­tric­ity grid and an invited expert for the tech­ni­cal ref­er­ence groups of the Fed­eral Government’s Aus­tralian Energy Tech­nol­ogy Assess­ment, the Aus­tralian Energy Mar­ket Operator’s future energy sce­nar­ios plan­ning process and, pre­vi­ously, the Aus­tralian Energy Mar­ket Commission’s Demand-​​Side Par­tic­i­pa­tion Review. Iain has a PhD (Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing) from UNSW, and a M.Eng.Sc. (Bio­med­ical) and B.E. from the Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne. For­mer roles include ‘smart con­trol sys­tems’ con­sult­ing in the Aus­tralian Min­ing and Min­eral Pro­cess­ing indus­try, and sev­eral years in Wash­ing­ton DC as a senior pol­icy ana­lyst in the envi­ron­men­tal NGO sec­tor. CEEM itself under­takes inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research in the analy­sis and design of energy and envi­ron­men­tal mar­kets and their asso­ci­ated pol­icy frame­works. It brings together researchers from five UNSW Fac­ul­ties with project fund­ing from part­ners includ­ing the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, CSIRO, State Gov­ern­ments and industry.



August 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Daniel Kammen


Energy and Resurces Group Reading Room
310 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, 94720
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