Ergon Energy plans to purchase a 140ha land parcel around its substation site in Charleville, Queensland, to allow for the development of a power generation facility to augment the region’s power supply.
Area operations manager Jeff Green said developing generation capacity at Charleville had been identified as the most effective and efficient way to deliver increased network capacity.
“The peak load on the existing line exceeds the acceptable level for security of supply to the Warrego region, so Ergon needs to provide a solution that reduces the likelihood of power supply interruptions,” he said.
“The best option is to have the ability to generate power locally in Charleville to supplement the supply from Roma at times of peak demand.
“Ergon plans to do this initially through diesel generation, but the size of the land parcel creates the potential to accommodate a renewable energy power plant in coming years.”
Mr Green said Ergon had written to property owners in the vicinity of the substation to advise them of its intentions and to invite them to make contact if they had any questions or required further information.
He said the next stage of the project would be to seek the council approvals required for the project to proceed.