Transmission bosses discuss future networks amid flat growth

Powerlink Queensland CEO Merryn York
Powerlink's former CEO Merryn York

More than 100 customer, consumer and electricity industry representatives gathered at the Powerlink Transmission Network Forum to discuss the future of Queensland’s transmission network. Forum attendees were given an overview of Powerlink’s Transmission Annual Planning Report (TAPR), providing insight into future energy and demand forecasts, network development, and transmission projects.

Powerlink Queensland chief executive Merryn York said growth in energy and demand in the next 10 years would be relatively flat, and industry needs to consider new technology in energy and demand forecasts to move forward.

“The TAPR indicates summer maximum demand is forecast to increase at an average rate of 0.9 per cent per annum in the next 10 years,” Ms York said.

“The LNG industry continues to be a strong contributor to forecast growth. Without the impact of LNG, forecast demand would increase at an average of 0.2 per cent per annum.

“This is the first year we have made our energy and demand forecasting model publicly available. We wanted to make our model as transparent as possible so stakeholders could clearly see the inputs we have used in our forecasts to better inform their decision making.”

The forum also highlighted the importance of engaging with customers and industry representatives, with Ms York saying it was imperative industry continue to deliver a valued service.