AusNet Services has commenced community consultation on the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.
Described as Victoria’s most critical transmission network project in three decades, it aims to deliver clean and affordable energy to customers across the state.
When fully operational in 2025, the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project will see approximately 190km of overhead transmission line and infrastructure constructed, substantially increasing the amount of renewable energy that can be supplied from Victoria’s wind- and solar-rich western regions.
Starting in Bulgana in Victoria’s west, the transmission line will connect to Sydenham in Melbourne’s north-west, via a new terminal station to the north of Ballarat.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) appointed AusNet Services to plan, consult on, design, construct, operate and maintain this new transmission line, the first of its kind in over 30 years in Victoria.
Community consultation has commenced in the identified area of interest – a broad area which is currently being investigated to understand existing constraints and opportunities, before a preferred transmission line corridor is identified.
AusNet Services’ Executive General Manager, Growth and Future Networks, Chad Hymas, said community input would help to deliver a project that minimises impact to communities and the environment.
“Community input is fundamental. We warmly welcome anyone with an interest in the project to visit our website, where you can learn more about the project and have your say,” Mr Hymas said.
“This project is all about Victoria’s energy future, unlocking renewable sources and bringing major economic investment to western Victoria and its local economy.”
Western Victoria is emerging as an important renewable energy region.
By increasing the capacity of transmission lines required to deliver this energy to the wider network, this project unlocks existing and future generation in the region, increasing availability of renewable energy on the market.
Developing this critical infrastructure will involve major economic investment in western Victoria, creating new jobs during and after construction, as well as supporting Victoria’s move towards a cleaner energy future.