Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Registrations of interest open for WA’s first disconnected microgrid

    18/10/2021 12:00 PM
    • Milestone for Western Power's first disconnected microgrid
    • Microgrid could improve reliability and reduce carbon emissions in the regions 

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced an exciting opportunity for Western Australian businesses to explore the development of a disconnected microgrid pilot in the Mid-West, Wheatbelt or Great Southern regions.  


    Western Power is seeking registrations of interest today to understand the capability and capacity of the market to develop a disconnected microgrid, which is a small, isolated network operating independently from the rest of the grid.


    A modular network of remote power systems, including stand-alone power systems and disconnected microgrids may be a more cost-effective way to supply smaller regional communities in Western Power's service area.


    Western Power's pilot could provide industry development opportunities for local manufacturers and providers.


    For more information or to register interest, visit https://www.westernpower.com.au/suppliers/tenders-and-registrations-of-interest


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Disconnected microgrids could play a crucial role in improving reliability for regional businesses and homeowners.


    "Stand-alone power systems and microgrids remove the risk of outages caused by power supplies travelling long distances, which are exposed to plant and animal impacts, lightning, high winds, and bushfires.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to creating new jobs for Western Australians and exploring technological innovations that will help shape our State's future power supply.


    "Disconnected microgrids can provide low-carbon emission benefits and will help reach our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700