Energy Transition

Engineering squad funding to help accelerate energy transition

21 May 2024

Transgrid has welcomed NSW Government funding of $3.2 million to create new engineering squads as a welcome boost to efforts to connect new renewable energy to the grid.

EGM Network Marie Jordan said “We will create dedicated squads of engineers who will work closely with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to help ensure a timely connection of four major battery projects in NSW.

“Their work will support the acceleration of grid connections and provide consumers with access to renewable energy supplies much sooner than previously possible.”

The funding will enable Transgrid to create squads comprised of engineers and specialist technicians, to bolster existing resources and fast-track the review and execution of grid connection applications.

“We will continue to work with AEMO and industry to deliver battery grid connections as safely, efficiently
and quickly as possible,” said Ms Jordan.

It is hoped the squads will help bring forward the delivery times for work on projects like the Waratah Super Battery, Liddell Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), Orana BESS and the Richmond BESS by up to 10-12 months.

“This funding will support the early provision of more than 1.7GW additional energy for NSW. By doing this, it is supporting the delivery of an accelerated energy transition which is critical to the future security of our electricity supply for millions of Australians on the eastern seaboard."

The squads will be mobilised to commence work by August this year.


Transgrid media contact:
Michelle Stone 0438 293917