Broad leads en­ergy del­e­ga­tion

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The Wim­mera-mallee’s po­ten­tial for power-gen­er­a­tion, shar­ing and se­cu­rity is likely to be­come clearer af­ter a po­lit­i­cal fact-find­ing visit to Europe and the United States this week.

The re­gion has been a sig­nif­i­cant tar­get for re­new­able-en­ergy projects and spec­u­la­tion is grow­ing about where it fits in the na­tional power-sup­ply jig­saw.

Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad is chair­man of a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ad­e­quacy of Aus­tralia’s elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­works based on fu­ture needs.

He is lead­ing the multi-party del­e­ga­tion to ex­plore how power grids in­ter­act in Europe and Amer­ica and whether Aus­tralia can learn from or adapt sys­tems in place.

“It’s a quick visit. We’re there to work and gain as much in­sight as we can,” he said.

“We’re look­ing at what is avail­able and how the grid in­ter­acts in Europe and the United States and how it might be adapted to fit our cir­cum­stances.” The four-per­son del­e­ga­tion will be in Ger­many for three days be­fore fly­ing to New York, Wash­ing­ton and Cal­i­for­nia.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy’s terms of ref­er­ence is to in­quire into and re­port on the ad­e­quacy of the elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­works to sup­port Aus­tralia’s fu­ture needs, giv­ing par­tic­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tion to: • The means by which a mod­ern elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work can be ex­pected to en­sure a se­cure and sus­tain­able sup­ply of elec­tric­ity at the low­est pos­si­ble cost; • The cur­rent tech­no­log­i­cal, eco­nomic, com­mu­nity and reg­u­la­tory im­ped­i­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties to achiev­ing a mod­ern elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work across all of Aus­tralia, and how these might be ad­dressed and ex­plored; and • In­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­am­ples of elec­tric­ity grid mod­erni­sa­tion in com­pa­ra­ble ju­ris­dic­tions.

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