TransGrid looks at power demand
TRANSGRID is now calling for proposals to reduce peak electricity demand on the Far North Coast.
Compared with the rest of NSW our region is a hungry user of power.
“Peak electricity demand on the Far North Coast is continuing to rise at a rate higher than the NSW state average, with demand in the region reaching record highs in 2009,” Michael Gatt, general manager of TransGrid, said.
“While TransGrid’s Far North NSW Transmission Line project is the most effective long-term solution to meet growing peak demand in the region, transmission line projects take years to deliver and TransGrid is seeking proposals for non-network alternatives in the short-term,” he said.
Proposals will be limited to producers of power, in the form of solar or wind, at a minimum of five megawatts.
TransGrid is also seeking to hear from significant users of power on ways they can reduce that use during peak periods.
Previously, big users of power, like the Ascot electric foundry at Ballina, were given no incentive to switch to off-peak power.
The turnaround by the power giant is being undertaken to maintain the reliability of the NSW grid by reducing pressure on the existing transmission network in the Far North Coast of NSW.
“TransGrid is requesting proposals to assist in reducing demand by up to 70 megawatts over the next five summers,” Mr Gatt said.