To deliver an affordable and reliable energy supply to Sydney, Transgrid has been undertaking major works to upgrade the city’s existing electrical supply network as part of the Powering Sydney’s Future project. Recently, Transgrid partnered with Zinfra to deliver the substation upgrades required as part of the essential project. Powering Sydney’s Future involves the installation of a new 20km 330kV […]
Cameron Pearson, owner of Healesville Directional Drilling, has great plans for the business after he took the reins from his father in 2021, and his new Vermeer D40x55DR Horizontal Directional Drill plays a big part in this. Healesville Directional Drilling has been in operation for roughly 20 years, started by Cameron’s father and grandfather. Cameron recently took the lead to […]
Barwon Water’s award-winning Aboriginal Employment and Retention Strategy is just one part of its approach to working with Traditional Owners. Barwon Water’s nationally-recognised Aboriginal Employment and Retention Strategy highlights the work the water corporation is doing to continue improving the cultural safety of its workplace as it seeks to increase the employment of First Nations people in all levels of […]
By Julianne Tice, Buildings Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency Council For many of us – particularly those in Victoria – two years of stay-at-home orders has seen us spending too much time in cold, uncomfortable, and in some cases dangerously unhealthy homes, followed by bill shock at the end of winter. Concern over energy bills has only increased with Russia’s invasion […]
Significant improvement in engineering materials, industrial standards and software has facilitated the avoidance of ‘short-term’ failure of engineering structures. However, ‘long-term’ structural failures, in particular those induced by localised forms of corrosion, still remain tenacious threats to the integrity and safety of the huge network of civil and industrial infrastructure assets.
By Stuart Harrison, Managing Director, Edge Underground As new technologies and innovations emerge in the microtunnelling industry, contractors’ capabilities to meet some of the industry’s toughest challenges continue to grow. For example, very hard rock used to result in most contractors turning down projects or stopping a job part way through when they unexpectedly hit these conditions. This is because […]
Community engagement is an essential tool that allows water utilities to improve customer-utility relationships and communicate vital information such as the importance of water savings. Utility spoke with Urban Utilities, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water about how they ensure success in their community engagement campaigns.
By Christopher Allan, Journalist, Utility magazine A recent industry panel session at the 2022 Digital Utilities conference in June brought together utility sector leaders to discuss the role of digital technologies in elevating customer service. Here, we revisit some of the critical debates that emerged from the panel, including topics like what customers are looking for when engaging with utilities, […]
As part of a $26 million upgrade to ensure SA Water’s continued compliance with Australia’s world-leading drinking water standards, the utility installed a drinking water ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system at its Happy Valley Water Treatment Plant that has been keeping pathogens at bay and protecting South Australia’s drinking water for more than six months.
A new flood impact tool was created in early 2022 to aid in South East Queensland’s February flood recovery, enabling rapid disaster recovery assessments and applications for affected residents. Created by not-for-profit environmental organisation Healthy Land & Water, South East Queensland residents used the online form to upload local information and photos to help the organisation better understand flood impacts […]
With El Nino and his tumultuous counterpart La Niña creating long dry summers and bushfires, followed by freak storms and flash flooding, Australians are learning to live with the disruption caused by climate change. Here, we look at how energy businesses are adapting to ensure their networks, customers and communities are more resilient to its effects.
by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey and Laura Jones, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Australian National University Vehicle-to-Grid technology presents a huge opportunity by making the batteries in electric vehicles available for grid services, but who will this benefit and who will drive uptake of the technology? The energy sector is working hard to be more customer-centric, see […]
By April Shepherd, Editor, Monkey Media Marinus translates to marine in Latin, or ‘connected to the sea’ – which is exactly how the Marinus Link project plans to bring Tasmania’s abundance of renewable energy to Australia’s future electricity grid. The project’s proposed 1500MW underwater interconnector will provide the network of the future with ample storage and energy, straight from the […]
Project Symphony is providing a glimpse into Western Australia’s energy future, with the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) pilot aggregating its first package of residentially generated energy, and then successfully participating in a simulated bi-directional Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM). The way energy is generated, managed, and consumed is rapidly changing. Driven by near perfect solar conditions and consumers’ desire for cleaner, […]
By Jordan McCollum, National Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) Delivering renewable gases through new or repurposed gas infrastructure has attracted increasing interest across Australia, due to its lower cost pathway to gas use decarbonisation. In the report Gas Vision 2050: Delivering the pathway to net-zero for Australia – 2022 Outlook, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) […]
Australia’s first biosolids gasification facility is expected to play a major role in sustainably managing the wastewater of the City of Logan’s growing population. The City of Logan, located south of Brisbane in South East Queensland, has a population of 348,000, but it is forecast that half a million people will call Logan home by 2040. Logan City Council, and […]
From 21–23 June, the Digital Utilities 2022 event brought together industry leaders from across Australia’s utility sector for three virtual conferences exploring how we can create efficient and secure future grids and engage customers in the new digital era. Here are the key pieces of advice from the event’s 20 expert speakers who work in some of the largest and […]
by Lachy Haynes, Integrated Infrastructure Partner, PwC Australia With abundant land and high-capacity factor renewable energy resources, Australia has the building blocks to produce globally-competitive green hydrogen to service growing domestic and international markets. The nascent green hydrogen industry in Australia stands to benefit from sovereign commitments to clean hydrogen economies, including major trading partners such as Japan and Korea. […]
New technology which add an additional layer of bushfire protection to the powerline network is being trialled across central and western Victoria. Electricity distributor Powercor has installed a device near Woodend to test the technology called SWER Broken Conductor, which aims to instantly detect a broken powerline and cut electricity before the line hits the ground. The technology operates on […]
by Christopher Allan, Journalist, Utility Magazine It’s promising to see that around Australia, more and more organisations like city councils are pledging ambitious emission reduction targets – but what does the journey to zero emissions look like at the scale of our major utilities? The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) recently announced that 14 Australian and New Zealand water […]
by Patrick Hastings, Chief Delivery Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council It seems astonishing that two years after we were shocked by the unprecedented awe and impact of the Black Summer fires, we stand again humbled by the power of mother nature, this time due to the ongoing tragic flooding events in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. As someone […]
The oldest urban area in Australia will be cooler, greener and more resilient under a new approach to water management led by Sydney Water. The Eastern region of Sydney – also known as the iconic Harbour City – is a dynamic and thriving region, home to the Central Business District and a major hub of economic activity. Stretching from the […]
by Annabelle Powell, Journalist, Utility magazine Dams play a critical role in securing our water supply, so it’s vital that issues such as seepage – which threaten their integrity – are detected as early as possible. Here, Utility explores how Hunter Water has employed innovative satellite technology to increase the accuracy of its dam monitoring. Hunter Water has implemented cutting-edge […]
by the Energy Charter Australia’s energy sector is undergoing rapid change. Pressure is building to deliver reliable, affordable, safe and sustainable energy for consumers, while making the necessary investments to support transformation from fossil-fuelled centralised generation to renewable and distributed energy. Within this transition, there is a unique opportunity to align with social licence and consumer expectations. This is an […]
by Lauren DeLorenzo, Journalist, Utility magazine With Australia’s renewable energy transformation well underway, investment in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) projects is on the rise. Here, Utility maps out some of the country’s most significant DER initiatives to date. DER refers to renewable energy systems that typically generate energy at houses or businesses, and can provide energy back to the grid […]
In Victoria, Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) has a Data and Analytics Program focused on trialling new and emerging technologies to help the water industry optimise data management. Here, Utility explores its recent projects and findings. For the Victorian water industry, intelligent data can deliver cost efficiencies and improve customer service. It will also play an increasingly important role in meeting […]
by Lauren DeLorenzo, Journalist, Utility magazine Although moving into a residential building with an embedded network offers convenience, it can also mean higher energy prices and less consumer protection. With more Victorians than ever living in embedded networks, the Victorian Government is implementing a ban on these networks in new residential apartment buildings to ensure competitive prices and fair access […]
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