Traditionally, electricity has been supplied to consumers through a linear supply chain of generation, transmission, distribution and retail of electricity. This traditional supply chain was characterised by large electricity generators, located some distance from demand centres; and a system of high voltage transmission power lines to deliver electricity into the low voltage distribution system to which customers are connected.
Traditional electricity supply chain
In recent years, we have experienced an unprecedented transition in the way electricity is supplied and used. More households and small businesses than ever are installing solar photovoltaic and battery systems to take control of their electricity bills. In fact, over a quarter of Western Australian households have already installed a solar system. At the same time, large-scale renewable generators are supplying an increasing amount of our electricity needs.
New electricity supply chain
Large and small–scale renewables and batteries offer great opportunities for low cost, low emissions energy. However, the intermittent and uncontrolled nature of these energy sources is presenting challenges to maintain the security, reliability and affordability of the power system, particularly in the South West Interconnected System (the largest interconnected power system in Western Australia).
To manage these challenges, on 6 March 2019, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Energy announced the Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy. This is the Western Australian Government’s strategy to respond to the energy transformation underway and to plan for the future of our power system.
The Strategy will be delivered under three work streams
The delivery of the Strategy will be overseen by the Energy Transformation Taskforce, which was established on 20 May 2019. The Taskforce is being supported by the Energy Transformation Implementation Unit, a dedicated unit within the Department of Treasury.
All enquiries on the Energy Transformation Strategy can be directed to (08) 6551 2397 or [email protected].