Dani Alexander is a passionate advocate for promoting energy solutions for a sustainable future. Her experience in the energy sector is broad across policy, program management, governance and engagement, all towards promoting Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Dani specialises in understanding the game-changing technologies that offer hope for globally sustainable energy. Her background is cross-disciplinary, between both the hard and social sciences, reflecting the nature of her work bridging the gap between new technology and existing markets. Dani has a working knowledge of a wide range of energy and enabling technologies, with a focus on distributed energy resources.
Dani is an experienced leader of major projects, bringing together partners across a diverse range of organisations including distribution network service providers, large corporations, research institutes and emerging start-up businesses. Prior to joining ISF, Dani worked across a wide range of clean-energy programs e.g. the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (including its bioenergy portfolio with a total value of over $20 million), the Second Generation Biofuels R&D Program, the Australian Solar Institute and the CCS Flagships Program.
Through her career, Dani has built expertise in facilitating diverse groups of stakeholders including business, the general public, technical specialists and policymakers. Stakeholder consultation and relationship management is a particular area of strength with her ability to instigate action across disparate interests towards a common goal. Dani is adept at a range of engagement formats, tailoring them for the desired outcome, including: leading focus groups and workshops; presenting seminars; and interviewing participants.
Editorial Board Member, Ecogeneration Magazine
Dani Alexander's current research focuses include:
- Clean energy and enabling technologies
- Integration of distributed energy resources
- Sustainable transport fuel technologies
- Energy and transport sector policy
- Research communication and engagement
Wyndham, J, James, G, McIntosh, L & Alexander, D 2016, 'Network Services from Distributed Solar PV and Inverters', Proceedings of the Asia Pacifi c Solar Research Conference 2016, Australia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Australian PV Institute, Australian National University.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Networks Renewed is a major new project funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) that aims to demonstrate how solar PV, battery storage and inverters can support distribution networks in managing power quality. The path to implementation will be established by two commercial-scale demonstrations of controlled solar PV and energy
storage in the regional Mid North Coast of NSW, and suburban Melbourne in Victoria. At the time of this conference the deployment of inverters and control technologies will have commenced towards pilot-scale demonstrations to test candidate control algorithms, several of which have been published in the engineering literature. These will develop into market-scale demonstrations to achieve useful power quality improvements on selected network segments, and also market trading revenues, should these materially improve the financial returns to customers from inverter control.
Dunstan, C, Alexander, D, Morris, T, Langham, E & Jazbec, M Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2017, Demand Management Incentives Review: Creating a level playing field for network DM in the National Electricity Market, pp. 1-57.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This review assesses and quantifies the financial barriers to DM created by existing economic regulatory incentives for distribution network businesses. the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) commissioned ISF to conduct the review to support the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) in developing the new DM Incentive Scheme required by a change to the National Electricity Rules in 2015.