WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 2 November 2020 – 8 November 2020

Headlines

Renewables overtake coal and gas for first time in Western Australia [02/11/2020]

The combined output of wind and solar and other renewable energy sources have overtaken the principal fossil fuel sources of coal and gas generation in Western Australia for the first time in the month of October.

NSW and W.A. post record rooftop solar installations, as Victoria bounces back [02/11/2020]

Rooftop solar installations had another record-breaking month in both New South Wales and Western Australia in October, helping the national market to keep up its cracking pace with a total of 252 MW of new capacity installed over the course of October.

New wind crushes coal on South West grid [02/11/2020]

Two new wind farms and surging rooftop solar installation has pushed renewable energy to 35% of South West WA’s power in October, mainly at the expense of coal.

Fuel security debate as juniors look elsewhere [03/11/2020]

Unions have called to nationalise the shuttering Kwinana refinery as players take sides in a fuel security debate, although most oil processed at the plant is already imported.

Argyle diamond mine closes but legend lives on [03/11/2020]

The legendary Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia has delivered its final stone. More than 40 years after the discovery that defied geological understanding and which event­ually turned the global diamond industry on its head, the Rio Tinto-owned mine has been officiall­y closed.

Nine takeaways from BP’s shock closure of its Kwinana refinery [04/11/2020]

The effect of BP closing its Kwinana oil refinery after 65 years will be felt far and wide in the WA economy – especially among workers and other industries, but BP will do just fine.

Horizon Power contracts NSW business [05/11/2020]

Sydney-based Mechanical Project Services has secured the contract to install solar panels at 30 Western Australian schools, as part of a $5 million state government project.

Announcements

Chairman welcomes two new members to Western Power’s Board [04/11/2020]

Two new members, Ms Elisa Fear and Mr Monish Paul, have been appointed to our Board, and they will provide strategic guidance in our delivery of essential, future-ready energy solutions to the WA community.

WA Government: Lead contractor appointed for solar schools program [05/11/2020]

Mechanical Project Services appointed by Horizon Power as lead contractor for installation of rooftop solar. Solar Schools Program to benefit 30 regional public schools and create 12 jobs.

Horizon Power secures lead contractor for schools solar install program [05/11/2020]

Horizon Power has engaged Mechanical Project Services as the lead contractor to install rooftop solar systems as part of the Solar Schools program. Around 30 regional public schools to receive solar, reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in regional WA schools.

EPWA: Consumer Data Right [06/11/2020]

Energy Policy WA has released a paper on the applicability of the Consumer Data Right to the Western Australian energy sector.

Publications

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 27 Slides [02/11/2020]

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 28 Slides [04/11/2020]

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 29 Slides [05/11/2020]

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 30 Slides [06/11/2020]

Position Paper: Energy Consumer Data Right in Western Australia [06/11/2020]

Information Sheet_Accessing your Energy Data [06/11/2020]

Consultations

None this week