2018 Energy Networks Annual Awards — winners announced

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

2018 Energy Networks Annual Awards — winners announced

The Energy Networks Australia 2018 Annual Awards recognised energy network businesses leading the way in innovation and customer engagement, particularly TasNetworks and Essential Energy.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor presented the Industry Innovation Award to TasNetworks for its CONSORT Bruny Island battery trial. Funded by ARENA, the TasNetworks project addressed how batteries can be used by householders to manage their energy and the network, helping to reduce the reliance on diesel generation during peak season.

“TasNetworks has shown how to carry out smart coordination of solar and batteries, which has large economic and environmental benefits by allowing more renewable energy to connect, increasing grid stability and opening new markets,” said Energy Networks Australia CEO Andrew Dillon.

The project had a number of partners, including the Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania and Reposit Power.

Jemena was runner-up for the Industry Innovation Award for its demand response trial, and other finalists were Essential Energy (NSW) and Evoenergy (ACT).

Essential Energy (NSW) took home the Energy Networks Australia and Energy Consumers Australia 2018 Consumer Engagement Award for its 2019–24 Regulatory Proposal customer engagement program.

The award was presented by Energy Consumers Australia CEO Rosemary Sinclair, who stated Essential Energy had “proactively engaged with their consumers”. She highlighted the importance of rebuilding trust with consumers and working with them to drive down electricity prices.

“This award is a great way for networks to showcase the work they are doing to change the culture in the industry and better incorporate the value of the customer’s voice in all aspects of their business,” Sinclair explained.

Dillon congratulated both Essential Energy and TasNetworks for their leadership in helping to solve some of the industry’s most complex challenges.

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