We hear so much about the pace of the energy transition in South Australia, but over in the west, there is a different challenge, and a different opportunity.
Energy companies are convinced that Western Australia has the opportunity to lead the world on micro-grid technology, with network operators such as Horizon Power hailing small scale solar and battery as the “next revolution.”
In this podcast edition, we speak to Jessica Shaw, a former energy market professional who is heading a parliamentary inquiry into micro-grids and alternative technologies. It is a fascinating discussion about WA, which has a uniquely elongated grid that is also isolated from others, and has vast areas that have no grid connection at all.
Shaw has no doubt that the shift to renewables will happen, it is a question of management and seizing the opportunities.
And, of course, we discuss the news of the week, including the government’s political debacle over Liddell. WA learned the hard way on old coal generators, spending more than $300 million to try and get the ageing Muja coal units up to speed, and all is pretty much wasted.
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