Smarter thinking means better energy efficiency
Turning off the lights when you leave a room is just common sense.
We are using smart thinking to apply common sense approaches to make a real impact on how energy is used.
The traditional power grid in Western Australia uses transmission lines to transport large amounts of electrical power.
The size of Western Australia and scattered populations mean the network is made up of more than 100,000km of powerlines.
But as electricity flows through the transmission and distribution networks, a small percentage of electricity is lost.
This means more electricity must be generated just to keep the status quo.
Across the country, we lose about 10 per cent of the total electricity transported between power stations and customers.
Considering the loss of electricity is greater the longer the transmission lines, it makes sense to consider alternatives.
Innovations in technology have meant new power generation and battery storage methods are making it possible to provide power to those on the fringes of the network in different ways.
Potential for loss of electricity as well as the increased risk of interference to lines in remote areas means stand-alone systems may be a solution for single households on the edge of the main grid.
We have an agreement with large consumers of electricity to scale back their electricity consumption at times of peak network usage.
Our demand side management scheme gives us greater control of how power is used throughout the state.
By working closely with our largest customers we can manage the peaks to keep the network operating efficiently.
We are working with the Australian National University on research into solar forecasting.
This is a process that uses advanced modelling of network-wide data to forecast solar output.
Twenty per cent of Western Australian homes have solar panels and having advanced knowledge about how much solar power is being fed into the grid will help us meet the ongoing power needs of the state.