Is bigger better? Community energy modelling in Australia

Dr Hedda Ransan-cooper1

1ANU, Canerra, Australia

 

While community led distribute energy has exploded in Australia in recent years, there has been very little in-depth analysis into how best to support or facilitate community energy.This paper will explore some preliminary analysis from an ARENA funded project into distributed community energy models. The project aims to provide a thorough analysis of community energy models from a technical, financial, regulatory, social and logistical perspective. Through the analysis capabilities developed in this project it will be possible to demonstrate the value of community energy models, for customers, retailers and distribution networks and the mechanism by which community energy models increase the hosting capacity of renewable energy in our electricity grid.


Biography:

Dr Ransan-Cooper is a Research Fellow at the newly established Battery Storage and Grid Integration Research Program at ANU. Her research in this role is focused broadly on the the social dimensions of renewables energy transitions. Her current project is ARENA funded, and working with colleagues from other disciplines to analyse community energy models from a technical, financial, regulatory, social and logistical perspective

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