Is it time to leave the grid? The rise of distributed generation and the consequences for consumers and the electricity sector

Is it time to leave the grid? from Melbourne Energy Institute on Vimeo.

1.4 million Australian homes have installed solar energy to save money and contribute to addressing climate change. With the prospect of cheap battery storage, maybe they also expected to disconnect from the grid. But, has the result been all that we expected and what does the future hold? This Energy Futures seminar explored the economic case for solar and how we need to get network prices and policy settings fixed to ensure that solar really can help deliver fairer, cheaper and more sustainable electricity. 

Moderator - Tristan Edis, Editor at Climate Spectator


David Blowers is the Energy Fellow at Grattan Institute. David has extensive experience developing both energy and broader public policy in both Australia and the UK. He has spent the past three years working on energy and earth resources policy for the Victorian State Government, where he recently led the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.

Michelle Groves is the CEO of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). Michelle has almost twenty years experience in implementation of national competition policy, energy market reform and utility regulation. Prior to joining the AER, Michelle worked at the National Competition Council, principally in the areas of energy reform and third party access to essential facilities.  She also has experience in the state government sector having worked for the Western Australian Government from 1988 to 1993.

Kiera Poustie is the Policy Analysis Manager at United Energy and Multinet gas looking at the big policy and regulatory issues likely to face distributors and the industry in the coming years.  Prior to joining United Energy and Multinet Gas Kiera worked in Australia, Europe and the USA addressing a wide range of commercial, financial, strategic, policy and regulatory issues facing energy industry participants and governments with both PwC and ExxonMobil.

Energy Banner 2015

Download David's slides

Download Kiera's slides

Download a copy of the transcript

Listen to the podcast