South Australia on track to 100 pct renewables, as regulator comes to party

Source: Renew Economy

South Australia is aiming to have 100 per cent renewables within a decade, as the Australian Energy Regulator has approved the business case for a new interconnector between SA and NSW.

The $1.5 billion, 900 km transmission line proposed between Robertstown in SA and Wagga Wagga in NSW had its regulatory investment test for transmission (RIT-T) approved by the AER on the 24th of January, and is being led by network companies ElectraNet and TransGrid.

South Australian energy minister was excited about how “this project will unlock huge new renewable energy zones in South Australia and NSW”, due to the development of more than 5,000 MW in renewable energy projects in South Australia and south west NSW that is already planned. 

Along with this it “will also improve South Australia’s electricity systems resilience to external shocks”, as “being interconnected with just Victoria leaves South Australia at real risk of becoming disconnected from the rest of the market” he said.

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