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Roadmap supports grid transformation and customer choice

Western Power’s drive to support changing energy sources and leverage emerging technologies to provide greater customer choice is part of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap recently launched by the WA Government.

Western Power Acting CEO Dave Fyfe said the roadmap marked an exciting new phase for energy in WA and one that the business was proud to be a part of.

“The roadmap helps smooth the transition from a traditional network of poles and wires to a more reliable and renewable energy mix, providing greater customer choice and solutions from community batteries and stand-alone power systems to solar and wind generated energy,” he said.

“Understanding how the grid will function and developing better solutions for customers is critical in us being future-ready and we’ve already made significant headway in evaluating many of these changing technologies.

“We’ve been trialling and integrating DER into the grid for a while now including virtual community-based energy storage (PowerBank), the rural Perenjori Battery Energy Storage System, advanced meters, planning for electric vehicles and the soon-to-be commissioned Kalbarri microgrid among others.

“The roadmap will help us support greater levels of DER on the grid ensuring safe, secure and affordable electricity supply now and in the future.” 

Mr Fyfe said the integration of DER was part of the business’s plan to ensure that the grid can continue to seamlessly connect homes, businesses and essential community infrastructure to an increasingly dynamic energy mix.

“We’re committed to making sure all of our customers benefit from the future of energy here in WA,” he said.

“Our customers alone have installed around 270,000 rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, and we want to ensure Western Australians can continue to install and enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar and new energy technologies.

“This is all part of our drive to provide greater customer choice and meet the changing energy needs of our community. We’re embracing change and using and developing new technology to do this.”

The five-year roadmap sets out measures to overcome technical, regulatory and market barriers to assist us integrating these resources into the grid, and we look forward to continuing working with Energy Policy WA, Synergy, the Australian Energy Market Operator and the WA community to implement it. 

Find out more about DER at Brighter Energy Future