BRIEF – 2 February 2010 – The Melbourne suburb of Frankston is hoping it can soon offer 10,000 of its citizens power points at the local supermarket to re-charge electric cars,  solar-powered neighbourhoods and home appliances controlled via mobile phone could soon be a reality in Frankston – if it wins a bid to host Australia’s first large scale smart grid project.

According to newspaper articles yesterday, (1 February)  $100 million is up for grabs by a single project as part of the Federal Government’s National Energy Efficiency Initiative, to be announced in April.

Backing the Frankston bid include power companies United Energy and Jemena, retailers AGL and Accenture, Frankston City Council, universities and consumer groups, an article in The Australian Financial Review said.

Frankston Mayor Christine Richards told Leader Community News that only four other cities were in the race.

“Only one Australian city will be chosen to run this trial over three years. Demographically, Frankston is like a mini-version of Australia with a healthy spread of ages, cultures, education attainment and income groups.  That makes us an ideal choice to test new technologies,” she said.

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