Professor Iain Macgill

Professor Iain Macgill

Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

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



+61 2 9385 4920
Rm316, Level 3, Tyree Energy Technology Building.
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Marshall L; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2022, 'Market Mechanisms and Technology Transition in Australia’s National Electricity Market', Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, vol. 9, pp. 41 - 51,
    Journal articles | 2021
    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,
    Journal articles | 2021
    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,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Marshall L; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Assessing wholesale competition in the Australian National Electricity Market', Energy Policy, vol. 149,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Daiyan R; Macgill I; Amal R, 2020, 'Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Power-to-X', ACS Energy Letters, vol. 5, pp. 3843 - 3847,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Roberts M; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2019, 'Opportunities and barriers for photovoltaics on multi-unit residential buildings: Reviewing the Australian experience', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 104, pp. 95 - 110,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Fan H; MacGill IF; Sproul AB, 2015, 'Statistical analysis of driving factors of residential energy demand in the greater Sydney region, Australia', Energy and Buildings, vol. 105, pp. 9 - 25,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Cludius JM; Forrest S; McGill I, 2014, 'Distributional effects of the Australian Renewable Energy Target (RET) through wholesale and retail electricity price impacts', Energy Policy, vol. 71, pp. 40 - 51,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Elliston B; MacGill I; Diesendorf M, 2014, 'Comparing least cost scenarios for 100% renewable electricity with low emission fossil fuel scenarios in the Australian National Electricity Market', Renewable Energy, vol. 66, pp. 196 - 204,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Hazelton J; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2013, 'A review of the potential benefits and risks of photovoltaic hybrid mini-grid systems', Renewable Energy, vol. 67, pp. 222 - 229,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Vithayasrichareon P; MacGill IF, 2013, 'Assessing the value of wind generation in future carbon constrained electricity industries', Energy Policy Journal, vol. 53, pp. 400 - 412,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Twomey P; Betz RA; MacGill IF, 2012, 'Achieving additional emission reductions under a cap-and-trade scheme', Climate Policy, vol. 12, pp. 424 - 439,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Vithayasrichareon P; MacGill IF, 2012, 'Portfolio assessments for future generation investment in newly industrializing countries - A case study of Thailand', Energy, vol. 44, pp. 1044 - 1058,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Braun M; Stetz T; Bründlinger R; Mayr C; Ogimoto K; Hatta H; Kobayashi H; Kroposki B; Mathers B; Coddington M; Lynn K; Graditi G; Woyte A; MacGill IF, 2011, 'Is the distribution grid ready to accept large-scale photovoltaic deployment? State of the art, progress, and future prospects', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 20, pp. 1 - 17,
  • Conference Papers | 2020
    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,