The Smart Grid (coined in 2002) perhaps has served its useful purpose of getting stakeholders to think about the co-mixing of power systems, IT and communication systems to achieve power system flexibility, customer choice and renewable energy integration. Initiatives such as Smart Meters, AMI, Solar/Wind/Biomass integration and distribution automation were the initial thrust of many utilities. The next phase in 2008 (coined as Advanced Grid Development) saw the advent of new thrusts in intelligent load management, energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. A third wave seems to have commenced (as of 2012) which identifies customer-centricity, Big-data, work-force mobility and Cloud Computing as its focus.
While all these have helped solidify global frameworks, technologies and products, the utility sector themselves have not seen the transformation that was envisaged a decade ago. The experience has been varied and progress has been staggered. The customer still does not have much choice and the power system is not flexible yet (albeit renewable energy integration has been a success).
Southeast Asia has missed much of the first two round of these efforts over the past decade. But the true question remains how long can they hold off and if they were to start where would they place emphasis and how different would their initiatives be relative to the developed world.
The “Asia Power Utility Innovation and Sustainability Forum”, did with the help of Bender-IS this new paradigm. We did bring the best global thought-leaders to share their experiences, successes and failures with a more “shared best-practice” platform to the Southeast Asia audience, as it prepares for its own blue-print in utility transformation.
After the success of two year’s event in Indonesia and Philippines, the 3rd Asia Power Utility Innovation and Sustainability Forum did continue to bring Asian power utilities leaders and practitioners together, demonstrating and displaying the industry innovation, best practices and the way to achieve sustainability at the age of transformation.
As in the previous event Bender-IS did support by chairing one of the technical sessions and Juergen Bender presented his views about Net-energy metering vs FIT – Options for small scale embedded generation