Regulator approves SA–NSW interconnector


Tuesday, 28 January, 2020


Regulator approves SA–NSW interconnector

A new interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales has been approved by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Energy Networks Australia has welcomed the approval of the proposed Project EnergyConnect transmission line, which will enable NSW to import cheap renewable electricity from SA when there is an excess. It will also allow SA to import more power from NSW and Victoria when there is less electricity available.

CEO Andrew Dillon said the new interconnector would support a more resilient electricity system while putting downward pressure on wholesale prices — and customer bills.

“A more interconnected electricity market is more efficient, reliable and flexible and will help lower power prices for customers,” Dillon said.

“This is a critical link to the development of a more connected national electricity market that better enables the transition to a low-emissions energy future.”

The AER determination confirmed the proposed interconnector was the best option for meeting the needs of consumers and would enhance South Australia’s power system security.

The next stage is for ElectraNet to make an application to the AER for contingent project funding.

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