MEInetwork21 seminar #2: Transmission and distribution networks

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Melbourne Energy Institute

Have you ever wondered what’s really involved behind the scenes in moving electrical energy around, in real-time, 24/7, at scale, across large distances and diverse geographies, with millions of end points and nodes? All with an average overall reliability typically exceeding 99.96%?

In this webinar, we take a closer look at what it takes to keep essential energy flowing across electricity transmission and distribution networks. We take a peek into the activities that network owners and operators undertake, and explore some of the past and future challenges as the ecosystem evolves from a centralised to a decentralised model.

We invite you to join us on this brief journey providing selected insights and esoterica around how transmission and distribution networks are planned, designed, operated, maintained, augmented and replaced.

The future of electricity has always been exciting, especially now as the industry experiences a significant paradigm shift in power system architecture, customer and community involvement, and growth in distributed energy resources. Come and hear how energy networks are actively engaging in this new world to ensure that customers remain well served with this essential service.


John Theunissen
Manager DER Integration
AusNet Services

John presently provides thought leadership and direction around future networks initiatives, especially in relation to the emerging role of Distribution System Operator, and DER integration within AusNet Services in Victoria, Australia.

John is an electrical engineer who has held numerous technical management roles within AusNet Services and its predecessor companies since 1995, initially in the protection, control and communication areas, and later in leading smart grid and network modernisation initiatives.

Previously he was Corporate Protection Consultant with Eskom, and before that worked for Siemens Limited, where he was responsible for Siemens’ national protection relaying and disturbance recording business.


Terry Jones
Enterprise Senior Fellow and Project Manager

Melbourne Energy Institute, The University of Melbourne

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