Tuesday, 01 March 2022 17:16

Submission to paper on resilient energy networks

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Six Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSP) including Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy have joined forces to release a Network Resilience policy paper as part of efforts to make the energy infrastructure more resilient to hazards such as bushfire and climate change.

The paper covers a range of topics including how infrastructure investment should be prioritised, new regulatory requirements met, and expectations for community engagement.

WSROC has been involved in ongoing consultations with energy network providers, and have made a formal submission as part of the Western Sydney Energy Program and Turn Down the Heat initiatives.

Some of the key recommendations WSROC has made include:

  • A greater focus on promoting hazard reduction in building resilience.
  • Increased investment in alternative power sources for remote communities to ensure continued power access during network disruptions and hazard events.
  • Investment in ongoing community education regarding the risks and impacts of power outages, as well as options for alternative energy supplies.
  • Revision of how customer benefits are assessed when making network investment decisions – this should include more than net economic benefits, but also consider community resilience, social and health impacts.
  • Broaden how risk is assessed when prioritising infrastructure upgrades. For example, risk assessments should consider the impacts of network disruptions on community health and safety, in addition to physical risk to infrastructure assets from hazards.
  • Encourage network providers to work with local government to trial new technologies and approaches to building a resilient energy network.

WSROC’s full submission can be dowloanded via the link below.

Submission to 2022 Collaboration Paper on Network Resilience.

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