Speaking at Australia’s largest renewable energy conference, TransGrid Managing Director, Peter McIntyre outlined the company’s role in enabling an evolving energy ecosystem.
“Approximately 70 per cent of TransGrid’s new formal connection agreements over the last two years came from renewable generators and we would like to see this increase,” Mr McIntyre said.
“The shift in our customer profile is evidence of the evolving energy ecosystem. We have recognised this and for the continued success of our business we are seeking a range of new opportunities for growth outside our normal regulated portfolio.”
To facilitate this growth, TransGrid recently diversified their business, developing two new business lines – telecommunications and infrastructure which takes advantage of the organisation’s highly skilled workforce, range of assets and expertise.
Mr McIntyre also spoke about the recent success TransGrid has had in facilitating renewable connections across the state including the
connection of AGL’s Broken Hill Solar Plant – the first of its kind to be connected by TransGrid into the grid.
“We are committed to not only responding to new generation connections, but also assisting and promoting the development of new generation in the state, especially for renewable energy.”
“TransGrid is more than a network; we are looking at innovative ways to develop infrastructure solutions to enable our customers.”
“These initiatives are focused towards demonstrating a model for more cost effective, scalable and flexible access for renewables into TransGrid’s network.”
“The grid of today and our role in the evolving energy ecosystem will be different than it has been in the past – we are looking forward to a bright future,” Mr McIntyre said.
Peter McIntyre’s presentation to the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2015 can be viewed below.