State Government energy utilities Horizon Power, Western Power and Synergy have released a joint commitment to address climate change in support of the McGowan Government’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Each utility is playing a pivotal role towards a low carbon economy for the Western Australian community by trialling and implementing renewable energy solutions. They are also sourcing and retailing new energy products, and transforming infrastructure to deliver clean, green energy across their networks.
Working towards a decarbonised future together will enable the further uptake of renewable energy resources, grid stability and affordable electricity for all Western Australians.
All three utilities are working with private industry, and local, State and Federal governments to deploy the latest global technologies to deliver a variety of renewable energy solutions to customers.
Key strategic initiatives include standalone power systems for regional and remote communities, green hydrogen generation and storage, large scale energy storage solutions, distributed energy management systems and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Horizon Power, Western Power and Synergy are owned by the people of Western Australia and together provide essential services to customers and communities across the State.
Comments to be attributed to Western Power CEO Ed Kalajzic:
“To achieve a decarbonised future, WA’s energy utilities need to work together to respond to the challenges and opportunities created by a changing climate.
“Western Power's grid plays a critical role in reducing emissions and the pathway to decarbonise our electricity system and reduce generation emissions is clear, with wind and solar already the lowest cost, new generation sources.
“The grid is already enabling this transition and we’re working to progress this further.
“Currently around 25 per cent of the community’s electricity needs is being met by renewables and we aim to increase this further to more than 50 per cent by 2031.
“To achieve decarbonisation of the electricity system and build climate resilience, we’re transforming the network to a modular grid, integrating micro grids, standalone power systems and community batteries to manage climate change risks and end-of-life assets to ensure the continued delivery of safe, reliable and affordable power to our community.
“Additionally, we recognise the importance of decarbonising the electricity system for other industries to leverage electrification and achieve their own decarbonisation goals.”
Our climate change commitment
We are committed to working together towards a climate-resilient and prosperous low carbon future for our communities.