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Victoria unveils grid upgrades to support renewable energy zones [free access]

August 3, 2021

A Victorian government announcement has revealed six new grid-upgrade projects, as part of a programme to build Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) in the state’s western zones. The projects will strengthen the state's grid and allow it to cope with the high amount of renewable energy expected from future projects.


Three of the six projects will create the infrastructure necessary to smooth out higher and lower rates of energy flowing through lines, making it easier for renewable energy to enter the grid. As for the other three projects, they will entail increasing the capacity of the existing transmission lines and presumably reduce curtailment issues.


The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has been tasked with seeking the tenders for all six projects. Work on bolstering the power grid will allow it to handle an additional 1.5 GW of generation, according to the government. This initial wave of projects represents the first phase of a larger initiative to unlock up to 10 GW of renewable energy across the REZs of Victoria.