Australian Institute o f Energy

Leadership in Energy

AIE 2018 Scholarship Winner - Naomi Stringer

Naomi Stringer is the recipient of the AIE Youth Study Scholarship for 2018.

The AIE is delighted to announce Naomi Stringer as the 2018 winner of the AIE Youth Study 

Naomi Stringer is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales working on the integration of distributed energy resources in the Australian electricity sector. Through a collaboration with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Solar Analytics, Naomi’s work has focussed on system security challenges associated with distributed solar PV during major power system disturbances. Ongoing work considers the technical and regulatory impacts of high penetration distributed solar PV in the distribution system.

Prior to undertaking a PhD, Naomi worked with AECOM in the Sydney Renewable Energy team. In this role Naomi focussed on delivering advisory, due diligence and modelling services to a broad range of clients, including to the Australian Energy market Commission, Transgrid and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Naomi believes it is critical that we foster ties between the academic community and industry in order to make best use of work being undertaken in both spheres. This is particularly critical during the current transition to a decarbonised and potentially decentralised electricity system. A key method for improving these collaborations is to build relationships across the academic-industry divide and this has been a significant motivation for Naomi’s ongoing involvement with the Sydney YEPs.

In 2018, Naomi received the AIE Youth Scholarship to attend the 42nd International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) International Conference in Montreal, Canada, and to complete a research project reviewing integration mechanisms for distributed energy resources being trialled internationally.


The AIE has 1400 professional energy members across the country, aims to provide leadership in energy and offers the scholarship to support professional development. The scholarship is open to members of the institute up to the age of 35. This year the AIE wishes to thank Finlaysons (a leading independent commercial law firm in Adelaide and Darwin) and the SA branch of the institute for their co-support of this scholarship. Applications for the next years scholarship will close on the 31st of July 2019.