Project Participants

The Alice Springs Future Grid project was devel­oped through two major work­shops, the ARE­NA Alice Springs A‑Lab held in Novem­ber 2018, and a Future Grid work­shop, also held at Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia in July 2019. The par­tic­i­pants in the sec­ond work­shop are fea­tured in the ban­ner image of this page. Once a series of sub-projects was defined, it became clear a num­ber of organ­i­sa­tions would be required to run the project. These organ­i­sa­tions are the Con­sor­tium Members. 

Con­sor­tium Members

The fol­low­ing organ­i­sa­tions are rep­re­sent­ed on the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of Alice Springs Future Grid. 

Intyal­heme

The Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy (pro­nounced In-char-lum) is a flag­ship project of Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia. It was estab­lished via NT Gov­ern­ment fund­ing in 2017 with a man­date to coor­di­nate rel­e­vant agen­cies towards the NT’s 50% renew­able ener­gy tar­get by 2030. Intyal­heme has robust gov­er­nance frame­works, oper­at­ing as a con­sor­tium led by Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA), Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion (PWC), Charles Dar­win Uni­ver­si­ty (CDU), Ekisti­ca, and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment (NTG). Intyal­heme has a for­mal Knowl­edge Shar­ing MoU with ARE­NA to dis­sem­i­nate renew­able ener­gy knowl­edge across the NT.

CSIRO

CSIRO is the knowl­edge shar­ing part­ner for the Future Grid project.

The Com­mon­wealth Sci­en­tif­ic and Indus­tri­al Research Organ­i­sa­tion (CSIRO) is Australia’s nation­al sci­ence research agency and has exten­sive engage­ment into the nation­al ener­gy indus­try. It part­ners with local and glob­al com­pa­nies to deliv­er ener­gy solu­tions for a sus­tain­able future, aim­ing to improve the afford­abil­i­ty, reli­a­bil­i­ty and grid inte­gra­tion of renew­able ener­gy tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing solar, wind and bio­fu­els. Its exper­tise also extends into the trans­port sec­tor with sus­tain­able fuels and ener­gy stor­age solu­tions, as well as using new tech­nolo­gies to improve the elec­tric­i­ty grid. CSIRO pro­vides gov­ern­ment and indus­try with the tools, data and mod­el­ling capa­bil­i­ty to inform pol­i­cy assess­ment and invest­ment deci­sion making.

Ekisti­ca

Ekisti­ca is a pro­fes­sion­al advi­so­ry and tech­ni­cal con­sul­tan­cy firm based in Cen­tral Aus­tralia with clients that include state and nation­al gov­ern­ments, inter­gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, pow­er util­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice organ­i­sa­tions, large com­mer­cial firms and pri­vate invest­ment firms. 

Its engi­neers have been deliv­er­ing ener­gy solu­tions to remote com­mu­ni­ties for decades, find­ing inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to the com­plex chal­lenges posed in remote Out­back Aus­tralia. Ekisti­ca worked with NT Air­ports to deliv­er 5.5MW of air­side solar PV at Dar­win Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, mak­ing it the largest ful­ly pri­vate­ly financed solar PV sys­tem in Aus­tralia. Ekistica’s par­ent com­pa­ny is the Abo­rig­i­­nal-con­trolled Cen­tre for Appro­pri­ate Tech­nol­o­gy Ltd.

Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion (PWC)

Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion is one of three Gov­ern­ment Owned Cor­po­ra­tions deliv­er­ing ener­gy ser­vices in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. Pow­er and Water owns and man­ages pow­er net­works on the Dar­win-Kather­ine Inter­con­nect­ed Sys­tem (DKIS) grid and the Alice Springs, Ten­nant Creek and Yulara stand-alone grids. Pow­er and Water also pro­vides pow­er to 73 remote Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties across the NT. Pow­er and Water oper­ates as Sys­tem Con­troller and Net­work Oper­a­tor in all NT grids. It recent­ly deliv­ered the Solar Ener­gy Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gram (SET­uP) enabling 25 remote com­mu­ni­ties to access renew­able ener­gy, in a project co-fund­ed by ARENA.

Ter­ri­to­ry Gen­er­a­tion (TGen)

Ter­ri­to­ry Gen­er­a­tion (TGen) is the main gen­er­a­tion provider on all reg­u­lat­ed grids in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. TGen was estab­lished as part of the NT Government’s struc­tur­al reforms of the Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion, announced in Decem­ber 2013. The new Gov­ern­ment Owned Cor­po­ra­tion was sep­a­rat­ed from Pow­er and Water in July 2014. It oper­ates nine pow­er sta­tions across the Ter­ri­to­ry, includ­ing two in Alice Springs: Ron Good­in and Owen Springs. TGen has recent­ly installed a 5MW Bat­tery Ener­gy Stor­age Sys­tem in Alice Springs.

Desert Knowledge Research Institute

The Desert Knowl­edge Research Insti­tute (DKRI) was the for­mal lead for the ARE­NA application.

DKRI is incor­po­rat­ed as a com­pa­ny lim­it­ed by guar­an­tee and its sole mem­ber is Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA). DKRI’s pur­pose is to under­take research of val­ue to desert Australia.

DKRI will be rep­re­sent­ed on the Project Steer­ing Com­mit­tee by the Chair­per­son who will also be a mem­ber of DKRI’s Research Committee.


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Sub-project Lead: Arid Lands Envi­ron­ment Centre 

The Arid Lands Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre (ALEC) is Cen­tral Aus­trali­a’s peak envi­ron­men­tal organ­i­sa­tion with strong com­mu­ni­ty sup­port and around 350 finan­cial mem­bers. ALEC has been active­ly involved in urban sus­tain­abil­i­ty ini­tia­tives since its incep­tion in 1980. ALEC deliv­ered the Alice Water Smart pro­gram in con­junc­tion with Pow­er Water Cor­po­ra­tion in 2013 – 2016 and was an impor­tant con­sor­tium mem­ber of the Alice Solar City program. 

ALEC is the Project Lead for sub-project 3: Com­mu­ni­ty Solutions. 


Jacana

Sub-project Lead: Jacana Energy

Jacana Ener­gy is the NT’s largest elec­tric­i­ty retail­er, with 80,000 cus­tomers across res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial set­tings, and urban and rur­al loca­tions. Jacana was cre­at­ed as part of the NT Government’s struc­tur­al sep­a­ra­tion of Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion. It is owned by the NT Gov­ern­ment. Jacana is lead­ing sub-project 4: Tar­iff Reform.


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NT Gov­ern­ment

NT Gov­ern­ment (NTG) agen­cies roll out ener­gy-relat­ed pol­i­cy and reg­u­la­tions in the NT. The Office of Sus­tain­able Ener­gy, which sits with­in the Depart­ment of Trade, Busi­ness and Inno­va­tion, has a close asso­ci­a­tion with Intyal­heme, through which it stays abreast of activ­i­ties with­in Alice Springs Future Grid. Oth­er depart­ments rel­e­vant to Intyal­heme and the Future Grid project include Trea­sury and Finance, Pri­ma­ry Indus­try and Resources (DPIR) and the Depart­ment of the Chief Minister. 

The NTG is com­mit­ted to at least 50% renew­able ener­gy by 2030, and com­mis­sioned the Roadmap to Renew­ables report to help achieve the goal. In imple­ment­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions, the NTG fund­ed the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy and is deliv­er­ing a $5m rooftop solar in schools project. It has award­ed major project sta­tus to the pro­posed 10GW solar farm near Ten­nant Creek and fund­ed a series of weath­er sta­tions that will con­tribute to the pro­duc­tion of reli­able data for renew­able ener­gy project developers.

The Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy was start­ed with $5 mil­lion seed fund­ing from the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment. $3m of this total is being invest­ed into Alice Springs Future Grid. Intyal­heme wish­es to acknowl­edge the NTG’s support. 


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Alice Springs Town Council 

Alice Springs Town Coun­cil (ASTC) has around 180 staff and the elect­ed Coun­cil con­sists of the May­or and eight Coun­cil­lors. ASTC was lead pro­po­nent for the high­ly suc­cess­ful­ly Alice Solar City project that ran in the town from 2007 to 2013. The coun­cil prides itself on con­tin­ued lead­er­ship in this space, with many of its facil­i­ties run­ning on solar and a 50% renew­able ener­gy tar­get by 2021. Coun­cil is pro­vid­ing in-kind sup­port for Alice Springs Future Grid.