Many of the initiatives in the trial may change the way we use, supply and pay for electricity in the future.
Some cutting edge technologies were trialed in households. They were designed to give near real-time information about power use to assist customers with controlling costs and provide an estimate of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with thier electricity use.
Smart grids can also make our power supply more reliable and secure, through fewer and shorter outages, thanks to detailed real-time information on the local power supply. More information about the grid also means potential equipment faults can be identified and repaired to avoid interruptions.
We also tested technology and pricing options to flatten demand for electricity at peak times. This aimed to make the grid more efficient and reduce the need for costly infrastructure.
Smart grid technology may also help us better integrate renewable sources of energy into the local grid where it is used. For many decades, the grid was designed to send electricity from power stations located outside cities to the home. With a smart grid, power that is generated locally from solar and wind can be shared more efficiently in the community.
Testing these technologies helps keep Australia at the forefront of new energy development around the world.