Highlights from the final meeting for 2018 of the Wyee West Paper Subdivision Development Plan Reference Group

Following on from the presentation by CSIRO’s Dr John Ward, Science Director – Grids and Energy Efficient Systems at the September meeting, John returned this month to present his findings of alternative energy supply options for the Wyee paper subdivision.

CSIRO investigated and analysed three alternative options:

1. Business as usual, whereelectricity infrastructure is built to Ausgrid specifications and owned by Ausgrid.

2. Subdivision is serviced by a private grid, with asingle point of connection to the Ausgrid network and landowners own the electricity distribution infrastructure (i.e. wires and transformers) within the subdivision.

3. Private grid and automated energy demand management, is the same as option 2, but also includes smart technology to automatically regulate energy to minimise peak loads and the need to import (or export) electricity from outside the private grid.

As part of this process, they looked at the solar photovoltaic hosting capacity, household energy use characteristics, network tariff options and energy management options, and the investigations concluded that all three options are viable.

Council staff are currently reviewing the tender submissions for the complete engineering design for roads, drainage and reticulated water and sewer, power and other associated infrastructure for the subdivision. We hope to award the design contract before Christmas and expect this work to be completed by the middle of next year. This will allow us to get accurate costings and develop funding options, which we can discuss with landowners prior to finalising a development plan and holding a landowner ballot.

We wish all the residents and landowners of the Wyee West Paper Subdivision a safe and merry Christmas and look forward to continuing our work with you in 2019.

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