Supporting growth in renewable energy
TransGrid is partnering with ElectraNet to deliver a 900 kilometre energy interconnector between the power grids of South Australia and New South Wales, with an added connection to Victoria. This will enable the sharing of energy between NSW and SA, lower wholesale energy costs and support growth in renewable energy generation.
What is EnergyConnect?
EnergyConnect involves the construction of a new transmission line connecting New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. The proposed interconnector would be around 900km long and run between Wagga Wagga in NSW and Robertstown in SA, with a connection to Red Cliffs, VIC.
EnergyConnect is a key element of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan, and the NSW Government has declared it Critical State Significant Infrastructure.
Why is the project needed?
The Australian energy landscape is transforming with an increased focus on low-emission renewable energy sources. At the same time, consumers are demanding lower power bills and without reducing energy security and reliability. To connect Australian communities and businesses to these lower-cost new energy sources, the national electricity grid needs to evolve.
What are the project benefits?
If approved, EnergyConnect would deliver a range of benefits for customers in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria including:
- increased regional economic activity
- increased renewable energy generation
- increased job opportunities
- lower power prices for consumers
- a more secure energy supply.