NSW moves to futureproof grid

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

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.

State Minister for Energy Don Harwin said 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 it's 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 totalling 20,000 megawatts. However, for every 20 projects looking to connect only one can – it’s time to change that”.

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

The Strategy is available here.

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