Australia’s Electricity System: Past, Present and Future


Australia is in the midst of an energy revolution and over the next 30 years, Australia will permanently transition away from coal fired generation, towards an electricity grid powered by renewables and energy storage. To understand where the Australian electricity system is going it is however necessary to understand where we have come from. In this talk we will journey through 150 years of electricity in Australia and discuss the potential for Australia to lead the world through the energy transition over the decades ahead

About the Speaker

Dr Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Dr Blackhall led the development of capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities. Dr Blackhall holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics, is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).