Energy Grid Alliance Blog

Development of VNI West and the WRL will be a monumental mistake

Simon Bartlett (AM) and Professor Bruce Mountain, both seasoned energy market experts, have submitted a detailed critique of AEMO’s Consultation Report. They conclude that AEMO’s preferred option, if developed, will be the biggest single expense in the Victorian transmission system in more than 50 years and the biggest mistake in transmission planning in living memory.

VNI West and Job Security in Gippsland

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) released a paper today ahead of the Jobs Summit. The report, ‘Secure Jobs for a Safer Climate’, shows how Australia’s energy transition has been chaotic to date. While AEMOs ISP and associated RIT-Ts do not consider Victoria’s jobs, economic and energy future, its critically important Governments do.

New Report – Energy ministers should boost economic benefits to host communities

A new report argues that energy ministers will need to increase the benefits to regional communities that host large-scale transmission infrastructure if governments want to ensure continued support for renewable energy. Energy Grid Alliance believe they are missing the point; Social licence cannot be bought, it must be earned.

Electricity Transmission Company Land Access Statement of Expectations – Have Your Say

A Statement of Expectations, Code of Practice and Accountability Mechanisms are urgently needed to ensure electricity transmission companies are fulfilling their obligations when accessing land under section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000.  Energy Grid Alliance has recently made a submission to the Statement of Expectations consultation process, detailing concerns and highlighting areas where land access protocols can be improved. Have your say before 19 April 2022.

WVTNP EES Submission Delayed

Today Ausnet Services has revised the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) submission date for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) to enable more time to consult with landholders prior to submitting the EES on the proposed route and complete the field surveys and investigations required.

The WVTNP – Proportionate and robust investigation of alternate feasible options for the EES

The EES should proportionately document the likely environmental effects of feasible alternatives, particularly where these offer a potential to avoid or minimise adverse environmental effects whilst meeting the objectives of the project. Is there a genuine risk that the EES process won't be in AusNets favour.

Engineering Climate Resilience

The electricity system is witnessing increasing pressure from climate change. What is Australia doing about it? It is clear that policy makers need to fulfil a critical role in building resilient electricity systems by adopting effective policy measures that can prevent a potential 'market failure'

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