Attendees eye future at Powerlink Transmission Forum

Executives onstage for a panel discussion at the Powerlink Transmission Network Forum
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More than 450 industry stakeholders attended the Powerlink Transmission Network Forum earlier this month to discuss key aspects of how Queensland’s future power system will take shape.

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The forum took place on Friday, November 3, and brought together renewable developers, industry, community and government representatives to share insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy transformation.

The development of renewable energy zones (REZs) in Queensland was a key focus, with attendees discussing what community, generator and wider power system criteria need to be considered to deliver optimal outcomes.

Stakeholders highlighted that REZs should generate long-term community benefits, provide local jobs and infrastructure and take a more coordinated approach to community investment.

Discussions also highlighted the importance of having a diverse and optimal mix of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, battery, and hydrogen.

Another key topic was the vital role that community engagement and social licence to operate will play in the energy transformation. An expert panel including Jo Sheppard from Queensland Farmers Federation, Andrew Bray from RE-Alliance and Dr Kieren Moffat from Voconiq discussed how the energy industry can better engage and build trust with communities who host energy infrastructure.

Powerlink CEO Paul Simshauser AM said, “This is our flagship annual event and is critically important to get all parts of the energy sector in a room to collaborate and discuss how we can develop a network that is future fit.

“We are not smarter than the market and discussions from this forum form an essential part of Powerlink’s vision for Queensland’s electricity network.

“We exist to serve Queenslanders—and it’s critically important we go on this transformation journey with them.

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“Our focus will always be in delivering the best possible outcome for Queensland households and communities as we also work to decarbonise the electricity network.”

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