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Associate Professor Iain Macgill

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Associate Professor Iain MacGill

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications and

Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets

Research interest


Level 1: I work on integrating clean energy technologies into the electricity industry.

Level 2: I explore the technical, economic, commercial and policy challenges of integrating new clean energy technologies like wind and solar into the electricity industry

Level 3: I analyse and model the technical, economic and commercial characteristics of integrating low carbon and energy efficient technologies into restructured electricity industries, and the policy challenges of appropriately facilitating their deployment.


Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

Its where science gets applied to meet practical needs

What are your research goals?

Help us better understand the opportunities yet challenges of transitioning our electricity industry towards a low carbon future

What do people not understand about you do?

With clean energy it is not usually a question of technical feasibility but, instead, economic fundamentals, commercial attractiveness, political realities and societal consensus

Advice for prospective power system engineers

Our job first and foremost is to keep the lights on. Once you can do that, then our job is to work towards a sustainable electricity industry future.

Lectures/Courses taught

ELEC9715 – Electricity Industry Operation and Control

ELEC9714 – Electricity Industry Planning and Economics



Number currently in lab:


Number graduated:


Student Projects:

Electric Vehicle integration into the grid

PV integration into the grid

PV policy design

Network planning

PV hybrid mini-grid systems for developing countries

Distributed energy storage in the electricity industry

Analysis of the Australian National Electricity Market

Integrated resource planning in the electricity industry

Technology innovation policy for clean energy

Electricity market design to facilitate clean energy


Looking for students for projects related to:

All of the above

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Member, IEEE

Fellow, Australian Institute of Energy


“Robust Policy frameworks for the future grid” within the CSIRO Future Grid Cluster, a Joint project led by the University of Sydney with UNSW, University of Queensland and University of Newcastle.

“Achieving cost-effective abatement from Australian electricity generation”, Joint project with University of Melbourne, funded by ARENA.

“Network benefits of Concentrating Solar Power”, Joint project with the University of Technology Sydney, funded by ARENA.

“The economic value of ‘smart’ integration of Electric Vehicles into the Australian electricity industry”, ARC Linkage Project,

“High penetration of Photovoltaics in electricity grids”, funded by ARENA

“Energy market reform for carbon pricing in China’s electricity sector”, joint project with ANU, funded by theDepartment of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRETE)           

“Integrating Solar Energy into the Australian NEM”, funded by ARENA

“Opportunities and challenges for the development and implementation of community-scale renewable energy projects” funded by the Low Carbon CRC    






PhD (Electrical Engineering) – University of NSW


B.Eng.(Elec) – University of Melbourne

M.Eng.Sci (Biomed) – University of Melbourne



Selected Publications

Journal articles

Prakash A; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2022, 'Insights on designing effective and efficient frequency control arrangements from the Australian National Electricity Market', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 161, pp. 112303 - 112303,

Marshall L; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Assessing wholesale competition in the Australian National Electricity Market', Energy Policy, vol. 149,

Fina B; Roberts MB; Auer H; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Exogenous influences on deployment and profitability of photovoltaics for self-consumption in multi-apartment buildings in Australia and Austria', Applied Energy, vol. 283, pp. 116309 - 116309,

Keeratimahat K; Copper J; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2021, 'Generation of synthetic 4 s utility-scale PV output time series from hourly solar irradiance data', Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, vol. 13,

Keeratimahat K; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Analysis of short-term operational forecast deviations and controllability of utility-scale photovoltaic plants', Renewable Energy, vol. 167, pp. 343 - 358,

Tanoto Y; MacGill I; Bruce A; Haghdadi N, 2021, 'Impact of high solar and wind penetrations and different reliability targets on dynamic operating reserves in electricity generation expansion planning', Electricity Journal, vol. 34, pp. 106934 - 106934,

Tanoto Y; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Reliability-cost trade-offs for electricity industry planning with high variable renewable energy penetrations in emerging economies: A case study of Indonesia's Java-Bali grid', Energy, vol. 227, pp. 120474 - 120474,

Stringer N; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Fair consumer outcomes in the balance: Data driven analysis of distributed PV curtailment', Renewable Energy, vol. 173, pp. 972 - 986,

To LS; Bruce A; Munro P; Santagata E; MacGill I; Rawali M; Raturi A, 2021, 'A research and innovation agenda for energy resilience in Pacific Island Countries and Territories', Nature Energy,

Stringer N; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; Riesz J; MacGill I, 2020, 'Observed behavior of distributed photovoltaic systems during major voltage disturbances and implications for power system security', Applied Energy, vol. 260,

Tanoto Y; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2020, 'Clustering based assessment of cost, security and environmental tradeoffs with possible future electricity generation portfolios', Applied Energy, vol. 270,


Prakash A; Gorman N; Macgill I; Bruce A, 2021, Response to Reserve Services in the National Electricity Market Directions Paper,

Prakash A; Ashby R; Keeratimahat K; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2021, UNSW CEEM Response to Energy Security Board’s Post 2025 Market Design Options Papers,

Prakash A; Macgill I; Bruce A, 2021, Response to Fast frequency response market ancillary service draft rule determination,

Stringer N; Bruce A; Roberts M; Adams S; Macgill I; Purnell K; Zhou H, 2020, Submission to the AER consultation paper: Assessing DER integration expenditure,

Macgill I; Prakash A; Bruce A, 2020, Response to the Energy Security Board’s Post 2025 Market Design Consultation Paper,

Stringer N; Yildiz B; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2020, Submission to Standards Australia on the proposed amendments to AS4777.2 Grid connection of energy systems via inverters Inverter requirements

Purnell K; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2020, Inquiry Into Electric Buses in Regional and Metropolitan Public Transport Networks in NSW, Submission in response to the Committee on Transport and Infrastructure,

Macgill I; Bruce A, 2020, Submission to the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper – A framework to accelerate low emissions technologies

Prakash A; Keeratimahat K; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2020, Submission to the AER's Semi scheduled generator rule change(s) Issues paper,


Heslop S; Stringer N; Yildiz B; Bruce A; Heywood P; Macgill I; Passey R, 2020, Voltage Analysis of the LV Distribution Network in the Australian National Electricity Market,

Conference Papers

Haghdadi N; Macgill I; Gorman N; Passey R; Bruce A, 2020, 'An open source tool for analyzing the impact of electricity network and retail tariffs on consumers', in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting,

Macgill I; Bruce A; Zekulich M, 2020, 'Electricity market norms vs power system norms: The example of Primary Frequency Response in the Australian National Electricity Market', in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting,

Nejad MF; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; MacGill L, 2020, 'Climate policy and intelligent transport systems: Application of new transport technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions', in 2020 National Conference on Emerging Trends on Sustainable Technology and Engineering Applications, NCETSTEA 2020,