CSIRO convened the Future Grid Forum to develop and explore potential scenarios for Australia’s energy future and support the decision making process. It brought together more than 120 representatives from industry, government and community to inform a national conversation and provide a way forward. The result was Australia’s first whole-system evaluation encompassing the entire value chain from generation to consumption.

CSIRO Chief Economist Paul Graham told Phys.org that declining demand, higher prices and strong adoption of roof-top solar panels have changed the industry’s view of the future. The Forum presented four possible scenarios, which predicted that people will take greater control of how they consume and produce electricity.

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