Who we are

Our energy system is undergoing a profound transformation that is changing the way we generate, manage and think about energy.

The Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET) delivers multi-disciplinary solutions to the challenges the energy industry is facing.

Working with complexity requires diverse skills, reliable data and new approaches – elements C4NET’s unique model is designed to deliver.

Bringing together governments, industry and universities, C4NET creates new links across the sector and delivers collaborative projects that are helping to progress our energy system transition.

Our focus areas are:

Harnessing the value of Victoria’s comprehensive smart meter coverage and other energy data resources

Accelerating the uptake of new energy technologies to enhance consumer control over energy use, electricity costs and carbon footprints

Providing evidence-based input to policy development

Supporting the energy workforce to meet industry needs

We are connected

We know the industry and facilitate valuable links between people.

We are experienced

Our board, staff and participants are leaders in their fields.

We are collaborative

We bring together diverse experts to deliver multi-party solutions

We are nimble

We operate flexibly and with impact

We are independent

We are fully independent, not-for-profit and membership-based

We are industry-led

Our industry partners and stakeholders take charge, from distribution network businesses through to ground-breaking energy tech start-ups

We solve problems.

C4NET delivers projects and events focused on intelligent data access and use to transform energy data into valuable information to:

  • Improve industry efficiency by identifying gaps and duplication
  • Support consumers to take up new energy technologies, products and services
  • Enable evidence-based policy, regulation and market development
  • Drive better outcomes for energy consumers (lower cost, more choice, optimised solutions)
  • Improve integrated approaches across the value chain
  • Build educational opportunities for the current and emerging workforce

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Who we serve

C4NET serves its members, as well as a broad range of companies from start-ups to well established entities, market operators, networks, regulators and policy makers across all tiers of government, educators and the research community. Most importantly, C4NET serves the interests of Australia’s energy consumers by advancing an adaptive, high-functioning energy system that provides a reliable, sustainable and affordable service. C4NET welcomes new members who wish to join. Membership is open to any business, not for profit, research or government organisation seeking to collaborate across the sector. Membership can be on a full-time, associate or project-by-project basis.

Our Members

The C4NET story

C4NET was established by the Victorian Government in 2017 to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges within the energy sector.

We are designed to bridge the gap between research, industry and government, solving problems through practical, data-driven collaborations.

Our founding members are Swinburne University, Monash University, RMIT University, Federation University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne, AusNet Services
and Powercor (on behalf of Citipower and United Energy). Each organisation has been instrumental in shaping C4NET’s structure and mission.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) was also involved in C4NET’s development and continues to be closely involved in our work, providing support under a Memorandum of Understanding.

The centre was incorporated on 16 May 2018 and officially launched on 27 August 2018, with a Board of Directors appointed at this time.

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