TransGrid leads networks’ role in clean energy future

11/11/2015

​In a demonstration of the NSW transmission network’s support for the Australian clean energy industry, TransGrid is proud to announce its Sponsor Membership of the Clean Energy Council (CEC). 

Announcing its membership of the Clean Energy Council, TransGrid’s Executive General Manager Mr Greg Garvin said Australia must do more to accelerate the transformation of its energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner. 

TransGrid Executive General Manager Mr Greg Garvin said this membership will continue to bolster TransGrid’s efforts to support new energy technologies, such as renewables, storage and electric vehicles.

“The entrance of new technologies into the market provides a great opportunity for network businesses.”

“With our geographically vast network connected to areas with strong renewable resources, we are well placed to support the growth of the clean energy industry.”

“As more of the electricity we use is generated from renewable sources, moving our economy to rely more on that electricity will play a critical role in cutting carbon emissions post 2020,” said Mr Garvin.

“In the last two years, 70 per cent of new connections to our network have been from renewable energy generators.”

“We’ve been working with Governments to support this acceleration by providing innovative and cost-efficient connections through models such as renewable energy hubs which share connection costs among multiple participants.”

Further to connecting renewables to the grid, TransGrid’s efforts in the clean energy industry includes research and investment to drive the uptake of electric vehicles, integrating battery storage and growing the market for demand management.

Clean Energy Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Kane Thornton said, “I would like to congratulate TransGrid on becoming the Clean Energy Council’s newest Sponsoring member and I very much look forward to working with them towards a renewable energy future for Australia.

“The grid is going to play an increasingly important role in unlocking the full potential of renewable energy throughout Australia. TransGrid’s commitment to this is evident by exciting initiatives such as its iDemand project, which used batteries, solar panels and energy efficient​ lighting to dramatically reduce electricity use during periods of peak demand. The project was a finalist for the Clean Energy Council’s Innovation Award earlier this year.” ​