WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 14 September 2020 – 20 September 2020

Headlines

A shift to 90 per cent renewables in the West would create 5,000 jobs a year [14/09/2020]

Shifting Western Australia’s main electricity grid to 90 per cent renewables by 2030 is not only technically and economically feasible, but would create thousands of new jobs during an economic slump, a new report has found. The report, put together by Sustainable Energy Now based on data from the Clean Energy Council and the Australian Industry Group, finds that moving W.A.’s South West Interconnected System, or SWIS, to 90% renewables by 2030 would generate 5,000 jobs a year on average.

WA colours in 30 regional school rooftops with PV [14/09/2020]

Call it a school upgrade, a maintenance improvement, a learning opportunity, a right start in life. Western Australia’s Solar Schools Program was launched last week in the Pilbara town of Port Hedland to bring multiple benefits to the quality of student experiences in the state’s regions.

Sun shines on school solar plan [16/09/2020]

Five Hedland schools are set to be transformed into “virtual power plants”, as part of the State government’s $5 million solar schools program for regions.

Wesfarmers LNG arm to power Ora Banda goldmine [17/09/2020]

Ora Banda Mining has signed a long-term agreement with Wesfarmers’ liquefied natural gas business to supply power to the Davyhurst gold mine in Western Australia

South West 90% renewable power job boost plan [18/09/2020]

South West WA could have 5000 jobs a year for a decade in a race to 90% clean energy, according to a study by Sustainable Energy Now.

Announcements

A modern Access Code for Western Australia’s energy transformation [18/09/2020]

The Energy Transformation Taskforce has delivered the largest package of changes to the Electricity Networks Access Code since 2004.

New MOUs ensure collaborative pathway for Muja C workers [18/09/2020]

McGowan Government ensuring smooth transition for Collie before Muja C retirement. Synergy and unions sign Memorandums of Understanding to support affected workers 

Publications

WA Government Gazette No. 157 – Electricity Networks Access Code Amendments (No. 2) 2020 [18/09/2020]

WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 7 September 2020 – 13 September 2020

Headlines

Joondalup for battery bus trial [08/09/2020]

Electric buses will be operating on Joondalup streets in a trial from early 2022, with buses from Volvo and charging infrastructure provided by ABB.

Green power coming in from the cold [09/09/2020]

A flurry of renewable projects has connected to the grid in recent months, although the pace of development could slow.

Hydrogen hopes on Horizon [09/09/2020]

Hydrogen, batteries, and standalone power systems are a major focus for WA’s regions.

Inside WA’s bet on PowerBanks [12/09/2020]

Western Australia is soaked in sunshine, and PV uptake is challenging the grid. But small numbers of medium-sized community batteries are taking the heat off the system, while helping more people to reap the dividends of rooftop solar PV.

Announcements

McGowan Government launches solar schools program for regions [11/09/2020]

30 public schools in remote and regional WA to benefit from Solar Schools Program, with Horizon Power to supply and install rooftop solar systems at the schools.

New agreement to supply Port of Esperance [11/09/2020]

Southern Ports Authority signs 20-year power supply agreement with Horizon Power.

Publications

Market Advisory Committee – September Meeting Papers [09/09/2020]

Benchmark Reserve Capacity Price Working Group – August Meeting Minutes [10/09/2020]