NSW moves to futureproof grid

The New South Wales Government has launched its new Transmission Infrastructure Strategy, a move that it claims will ensure that state’s grid will be ready for a future powered by alternative technologies.

State Minister for Energy Don Harwin said that the plan will focus on overcoming long term barriers to reliability and cost.

“The energy market is changing fast and in NSW we are focused on building a network that can connect the flood of new capacity coming online,” said Mr Harwin.

“Whether its pumped hydro, wind, solar, gas or coal – industry simply won’t invest if they can’t connect.

“There are $27 billion of new energy projects in the NSW pipeline totaling 20,000 megawatts. However, for every 20 projects looking to connect only one can – it’s time to change that”.

The transmission strategy will focus on three key actions:

  • Support TransGrid to bring forward important early planning and feasibility work on four priority projects to improve connections between states and unlock more power from the Snowy Scheme

  • Increase NSW energy capacity with three key energy zones in the Central-West, South West and New England regions

  • Work with other states and regulators to streamline regulation and improve investment conditions

“This strategy will prepare NSW for the next-generation energy system and reduce customer bills,” said Mr Harwin.

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