ISF awarded $1.7million to bring microgrid to Heyfield
A new project from ISF and partners WattWatchers, has been awarded $1.7million from the federal government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund Microgrids 2019-2020 initiative.
MyTown is a multi-year project that will test the feasibility of an electricity microgrid for the regional town of Heyfield in Victoria. The study will seek to understand the benefits of a microgrid for the Heyfield community and to demonstrate how microgrids can help reduce electricity bills for regional and remote communities, as well as deliver benefits for the grid as a whole by saving hundreds of millions of dollars in network costs.
The project was successful in its bid for support chiefly because of its innovative approach to gathering data and its high level of community engagement. Using IoT (Internet of Things) technology by WattWatchers, MyTown will measure energy demand, flexibility and supply to Heyfield residents. Further data will be collected in a series of community engagement sessions and Heyfield residents will be closely involved in co-designing business models for their energy supply. Further, ISF researchers will include technical, economic and regulatory analysis in their final recommendations and decision-support tools.
To deliver MyTown, ISF and WattWatchers will partner with the Heyfield community, represented by the Heyfield Community Resource Centre (HCRC). Additional support for the project will be provided by Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA), an agency of the Victorian Government.