Energy Queensland to expand regional battery fleet

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The Queensland Government has given Energy Queensland the green light to add a dozen more 8MWh batteries to its local network storage capacity.

The group’s CEO Rod Duke said nine potential sites had been identified in regional Queensland and final assessments were now underway.

“This announcement provides Energy Queensland with the tools it needs to deliver on the next stage of our Local Network Battery Plan,” Duke said.

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“I recently spoke at Australian Energy Week about the need to drastically increase the storage capacity in Queensland—now we can start doing that.”

“The new batteries will be spread across major centres in regional Queensland near communities that have significant rooftop solar generation because we know that’s where they will have the greatest overall benefit.”

“The network of the future will not only need to move electricity from where it is generated to where it’s going to be used, but also to when it’s consumed.”

“Having more storage capacity will enable us to move electricity in both space and time … and that will lead to greater network stability and reliability for customers.”

Duke said Energy Queensland’s initial six 8MWh batteries are now largely completed.

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“We now have 8MWh batteries at Bohle Plains and Black River near Townsville, Kleinton near Toowoomba, Baraga near Bundaberg, Tanby near Rockhampton, and at Torquay near Harvey Bay,” he said.

“We are close to having all of these first six batteries constructed, commissioned and operating on the network.”

Nine of the 12 new battery sites in the next phase will be distributed across regional Queensland with a site confirmed in Cairns and a number of other regional Queensland sites under consideration.

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