McGowan Government launches Whole of System Plan

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Energy Minister Bill Johnston today launched Western Australia’s first Whole of System Plan.
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McGowan Government launches Whole of System Plan

  • Energy Transformation Taskforce delivers inaugural Whole of System Plan 
  • Renewable generation expected to triple by 2040, helping drive down emissions
  • Rooftop solar, wind generation and battery storage to play important role

Today, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Energy, launched Western Australia’s first Whole of System Plan, which provides a 20-year outlook on the future of our main electricity system – the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

The plan models four scenarios detailing how changes in demand, technology, and the economy, may shape the way we use electricity, and guide the investments we make over the coming decades. Western Australia has lacked a single view of the power system, with network and generation planning completed separately. The Whole of System Plan has been developed to fill this gap.

The modelling reveals renewable generation is expected to triple by 2040, with a strong uptake in wind power. Rooftop solar will continue to displace traditional forms of generation.

Battery storage will also play a big part in our future, helping stabilise the system as well as unlocking new markets.

Renewable energy sources, including the 300,000 households with rooftop solar, account for over 20 per cent of the annual electricity generated in the SWIS.

To find a copy of the Whole of System Plan visit our website: https://brighterenergyfuture.wa.gov.au/

Whole of System Plan Virtual Industry Forum 

Energy Policy WA invites you to a virtual industry forum. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about key findings from the Whole of System Plan and ask the project team any questions you may have.

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020

Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Register:  here

We hope you enjoy reading the Whole of System Plan and look forward to continuing our work for a brighter energy future.

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