Western Power today unveiled how it was evolving and future-proofing the south-west grid for the West Australian community through using emerging technologies and connecting an increasing mix of renewable energy.
Acting CEO Dave Fyfe said the business was committed to being at the forefront of the rapidly changing energy landscape to deliver a more flexible, smarter and lower carbon energy future for West Australians.
“We’re integrating an increasing amount of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind and using emerging smart technology to progressively transform the poles and wires network into a flexible modular grid that seamlessly connects batteries and microgrids,” he said.
“We’re embracing change and using and developing new technology to do this from installing community batteries and advanced metering infrastructure, trialling smart technology in substations and streetlights, to developing data science modelling for pole top fires.”
Mr Fyfe said current projects included:
- Smart streetlights trial in the City of Melville, which remotely manages street lighting while reducing carbon emissions
- 10 community batteries to be rolled-out this year. This follows the installation of PowerBanks in Meadow Springs, Ellenbrook and Falcon in joint partnership with Synergy
- The installation of the Kalbarri microgrid which pairs local solar and wind generation with a large-scale battery
- The installation of 52 new stand-alone power systems (SPS) for regional customers
- The initial installation of advanced metering infrastructure with 350 communication access points installed.
“We’re making progress - and this means more energy choice for West Australians.”
Mr Fyfe said to keep the community informed of how energy was evolving in WA, Western Power would be running a community awareness campaign, `Powering our lives’. The first phase will run from 3 May – 27 June.
“The new community awareness campaign is part of our drive to keep West Australians informed about how renewables and technologies are delivering greater choice and a more sustainable energy supply.”
Mr Fyfe said Western Power’s grid evolution was supported by the State Energy Transformation Strategy, the recently released WA Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap, and the passing of the Electricity Industry Amendment Bill 2019.
For more information please visit www.westernpower.com.au/powering-our-lives