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Wattwatchers-led MyTown Microgrid project awarded $1.7M+ under regionally-focused Australian Government grant program

by Wattwatchers Team
posted on Friday, June 5th, 2020

Our core philosophy that real-time, granular data will underpin the smart future of energy – empowering consumers, uniting communities and enabling technology integration – will be put to the test over the next three years through this Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund (RRCRF) project alongside our partners, spearheaded by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures and our great host community, Heyfield in eastern Victoria’s Wellington Shire.

MyTown Microgrid takes an innovative approach to microgrid feasibility using cutting edge IoT technology, combined with community engagement and business model co-design.

The Wellington Shire town of Heyfield will seek to answer if microgrids can deliver reliability, economic, emissions and community benefits by:

  1. using multi-data source platforms to calculate demand, flexibility and supply;
  2. undertaking community engagement and co-designing community centric business models; and
  3. wrapping technical, economic and regulatory analysis into fit-for-purpose decision support tools.

Ultimately the project seeks to develop tools to make it faster and cheaper for regional communities to deploy cost effective microgrids for optimal outcomes.

Heyfield community

The anchor partner for the MyTown Microgrid project is the Heyfield community, in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, represented by the Heyfield Community Resource Centre (HCRC). We love the excitement in the Heyfield community. Here’s the HCRC’s media announcement MyTown Microgrid Project (1).

Additionally, Heyfield is getting strong financial and organisational support from the Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA), an agency of the Victorian Government, which will work closely with the MyTown Microgrid project.

Project coordination

To co-shape the MyTown Microgrid concept initially, and now to run the project collaboratively, Wattwatchers is working closely with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and its widely-acclaimed Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS ISF).

Additional partners include Federation University Australia, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, AusNet Services, RMIT, and the Community Power Agency.

Links

See the full list of successful RRCRF-Microgrids Program first funding round projects here.

Also see the Ministerial media announcement here.

Plus the One Step Off The Grid write-up here.

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