Australian electricity supply industry - lessons for a prospective energy transition

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

An environmentally extended input-output analysis (EEIOA) of the Australian electricity supply industry in presented. The analysis combines the Australian national accounts with the energy account to disaggregate the feedstock energy from the energy needed 'to run' the industry. This permits an examination of the energy-return-on-investment (EROI) and related energy intensity metrics. The results will be discussed with an emphasis on prospective energy transitions.

Event Location: 
Seminar Room, LAB-14
700 Swanston Street
Parkville, VIC 3010

Graham is an electronic and industrial engineer with a technical, R&D, and management career in small business. His experience covers analog electronics, industrial automation, energy efficiency, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Following the completion of a Masters in Sustainable Energy at RMIT in 2008, he has made contributions to the energy and climate areas. His research aims to develop an improved systems-based methodology for EROI (energy return on investment) for fossil and non-fossil electricity generation. The research will draw on the field of Biophysical Economics, the history of energy transitions, markets, renewables integration, and engineering. The aim is to provide a more comprehensive metric for energy supply technologies that better captures “societal value”, to inform energy and climate policy.

PhD Project: 

  • High quality energy, including electricity, underpins economic development
  • EROI provides a physical measure of the resources needed to deliver electricity to society
  • Electricity is valuable only within the context of a system, but ascertaining the value of particular components can be challenging
  • Electricity pricing is multi-layered and rules based
  • EROI offers a pathway to bypass the complexities of electricity pricing to inform energy and climate policy

Supervisor: Dr. Roger Dargaville

Start Date: December 2014