The CSIRO Intelligent Grid Research Cluster has published a Decentralised Energy Roadmap for Australia.
The Roadmap is intended to provide a concise and practical blueprint for accelerating the deployment of distributed energy in the form of energy efficiency, load management, distributed generation and smart metering in Australia.
The Roadmap points out that over $45 billion will be spent on electricity grid infrastructure in the five years to 2015 and that this is driving substantial electricity price increases. Around a third of this is driven by peak demand growth and this component could be subatantially reduced by using decentralised energy.
The Roadmap can be downloaded here.