WA Gov’t Chief Executive Andrew Wilkinson, who is working to make the state more energy efficient, recently said the state has to be more innovative in the way it runs its energy grid.
“The world is going through this phase where we are going to need to evolve our energy system,” he said at a State of the State address.
“We are moving towards a world where we have to rethink how we manage our energy systems and we have got to make sure that we are getting the best value for our energy.”
Wilkinson, who was recently named the new chairman of WA’s energy and water committee, also discussed his plans to make WA’s electricity generation more efficient, which he said would be “a major priority for us”.
Wilkinson told the audience that the state would be using an innovative technology called “Angular 2” to reduce the amount of energy required from the grid.
The governor’s comments came after the WA government announced it was cutting its carbon emissions by 20 per cent, and that it had reached an agreement with the state’s largest power producer, the Westpac Powerhouse, on the way to reducing its carbon footprint.
The State of WA had a carbon reduction target of 28 per cent by 2030, Wilkinson said, with the goal to achieve the target by 2025.
Wilkinson said the power plant’s operations were set to be significantly more energy-efficient.
The Westpac powerhouse will be making its first carbon reductions in WA’s history, which Wilkinson said was a great achievement and is “a big step in the right direction”.
Wilkins said the move was a “major milestone”, and that the industry was moving quickly to meet the targets.
“The industry is working at a very rapid pace and this is a great opportunity to really show the WA Government that we can be more efficient in our energy use and be a better customer,” he told the gathering.
“We are on track to meet our carbon reduction targets.”
Wilkins added that the State Government had “some really important milestones to come”, but was “very excited” about the technology.
He said the technology was an innovation and would help WA be “more energy efficient in the future”.
“Angular is a truly innovative and world-changing technology,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkensons plan to use the technology to reduce demand for electricity in WA by 40 per cent.”
This technology is a huge step in achieving the WestPacific goal of zero emissions.”
Wilkensons plan to use the technology to reduce demand for electricity in WA by 40 per cent.
Wilkins announced the new technology, which involves a combination of a “virtual switch” and an actual battery pack, was set to go into commercial operation later this year.
The power company will install and run a demonstration of the technology in its power station in Perth, which is located at the site of WA Powerhouse site.
Wilkenson said the system would also be used to reduce energy use from existing and planned plants.
“It will be the first time that this technology has been used in WA and it will allow us to see how this can be used on the power stations,” he added.
“For example, if we are to look at the future of the WestPAC power station, we will be able to see if it could be used in the event of a natural disaster.”
Wilonsons statement comes after the State of Australia announced it had secured a $20 billion investment to improve WA’s power network.
The state announced on Wednesday that the government has committed to invest $1.5 billion to improve the power network in WA.
Under the plan, the State government will invest $100 million into the WA Powerline project, which will provide a more reliable and flexible network of power lines across the state.
Wilksons statement also comes after a series of major announcements made by WA’s government in recent weeks.
Wilonson was recently appointed to the WA State Government’s energy committee.