Lighting : LIGHTING Jun-July 2018
28 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2018 OPINION The Federal Government’s Department of Environment and Energy (on behalf of the COAG Energy Council’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program) concluded a round-Australia capital city street lighting workshop program in late 2017. The objective of the workshops was to advance the recommendations of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia’s (IPWEA) SLSC Roadmap (http://www.slsc.org.au/slsc-programme/slsc-roadmap) published in late 2016. Concluding in Sydney, the workshops engaged DNSPs (electricity distribution providers), state government agencies, road authorities and leading councils to have frank and meaningful discussions about the transition to energy efficient street lighting in Australia. The workshops were well attended and demonstrated the willingness of all parties to work together to use LED and smart control technology to deliver benefits for the community. Around Australia in 60 days: the capital city street lighting workshops Robert Fuller, CEO, IPWEA Robert Fuller, CEO, IPWEA The IPWEA helped facilitate every state workshop as an integral part of the government’s engagement to advance its policy objectives of: z maintaining reliable and affordable energy while also lowering emissions, z fostering safer roads, z improving maintenance and asset management to reduce cost of ownership, z ensuring environmental sustainability, z supporting the Smart Cities Plan and z promulgating regulation that supports efficient delivery of services. The consultation workshops focused on six policy issues identified by stakeholders in the IPWEA SLSC Roadmap that were seen to be constraining progress. The objective was to obtain input on the changes needed to assist in the transition. The six core SLSC Roadmap issues covered at the workshops included: 1. Alignment of incentives (between DNSPs and councils/ main road agencies) 2. Access and contestability (service delivery models for street lighting attached to DNSP poles) 3. Confidence in pricing (improving transparency of cost inputs and charges) 4. Service standards (clear responsibilities of parties, regulation/SLAs, reporting and accountability) 5. Regulatory asset base (RAB) value (remaining value of legacy assets being replaced and finance options) 6. Metering (proposal for a new opt in small load metering framework for LED, smart control and smart city device measuring) To further consult on metering, the proposal for a new discussion paper on the small load metering regulatory framework for street lighting was released for comment on 1 March 2018. More than 35 responses were received with strong support for change and an opt-in solution using least-cost methodology to maximise benefits for customers. Further discussions are underway with the National Measurement Institute and the Australian Energy Market Operator, necessary precursor steps before a rule change could be proposed to the Australian Energy Market Commission. The COAG Energy Council E3 Program has formed a street lighting working group to consider outcomes from the workshops and make recommendations to the COAG Energy Council in terms of any regulatory change needed to facilitate the transition. Prior to any recommendations being made, further consultation will occur with peak bodies Energy Networks Australia (ENA), the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and Lighting Council Australia (LCA). Stakeholders involved in the workshops will be kept informed of outcomes with notification expected mid-2018. The Federal Government is to be commended on the rapid rollout of these national workshops. Having attended half of them, I have been encouraged at the amount of goodwill and willingness to embrace change management and work collaboratively toward the objectives of accelerated rollout of LED and smart control technology. Congratulations goes to Victoria for being the lead state in advancing LED street lighting in Australia and to Tasmania for its standout positivity toward facilitating the accelerated deployment of LEDs. To further the SLSC Programme goals, the 4th International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference will be held 2-4 April 2019, at the ICC in Sydney. And, an enhancement to the already well-regarded SLSC website (www.slsc.org. au and www.slsc.org.nz) is the recently released Lighting the Way Series, a collection of 10 videos address hot topics in the industry. The IPWEA is the peak not-for-profit association for public works and engineering professionals across Australia and New Zealand. It provides training, publications and advocacy to support its 4000-plus members and the 20,000 community of engineering professionals who provide essential public infrastructure. Visit www.ipwea.org ... the workshops engaged DNSPs (electricity distribution providers), state government agencies, road authorities and leading councils to have frank and meaningful discussions about the transition to energy efficient street lighting in Australia.
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