Transmission experts talk energy transition

Powerlink
Kevin Kehl

Some of Australia’s leading energy experts have gathered in Brisbane to discuss the central role that transmission will play in a power system experiencing unprecedented change.

More than 160 energy industry and customer representatives attended the 2019 Powerlink Transmission Network Forum to discuss how the future transmission network should evolve to meet changing customer needs.

The forum focused on how Powerlink’s transmission network will continue supporting renewable connections in the transition to a lower carbon future.

Another area of discussion involved identifying ways that non-network solutions can help manage short-term demand peaks.

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Powerlink interim chief executive Kevin Kehl said the rapid pace of change in the industry made it even more important than ever for network businesses to collaborate with customers and stakeholders.

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“The energy industry is undergoing transformational change, so it is vital that we seek insights from our customers to keep making the best possible decisions and plan for the future,” Mr Kehl said.

“The role of transmission is evolving to one of a platform that will facilitate change across the entire power system.

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“Transmission also facilitates competition in the wholesale market helping to put downward pressure on electricity prices, as it enables the lowest cost power to reach the greatest number of customers.

“The forum also presented an opportunity for renewable proponents to discuss how Powerlink can provide more information to help them make better, more informed investment decisions.

“The feedback from interactive workshops at the forum will be factored into Powerlink’s ongoing network planning and decision making.”

Mr Kehl said the record level of interest in the forum reinforced the important role the transmission network will play in the future of energy in Queensland and the wider market. “It’s an exciting time to be working in our industry and have the opportunity to empower our customers through the transition to the new energy future,” Mr Kehl said.