Utilities ready to ditch poles and wires

9th April 2014

Apart from the line losses in transmitting power over long distances and the issues with bushfires, it is often not economically viable to run power lines to remote communities and it is becoming even less so with the demographic shift from rural areas to our cities. A much more sensible solution is to establish local micro-grids or independent systems on individual properties (which is where Going Solar stated some 36 years ago) using renewable sources of energy.

Interestingly Giles Parkinson reports in REnewEconomy: 

"Network operators in at least two Australian states are likely to ditch parts of their extensive poles and wire networks in regional areas as they realise that the costs of delivering centralised generation to remote areas is no longer economically feasible. The decisions are likely to be a foretaste of a sweeping change across electricity markets in Australia, and overseas, as generation moves increasingly to a decentralised model – including rooftops, community and small local generation and storage – instead of the long-standing centralised, hub and spoke model. The falling cost of solar, and the anticipated falls in the cost of storage is making this possible.  ... Indeed, the two biggest operators in regional Queensland and WA have already conceded that new technologies such as solar and storage – and the emergence of mini and micro-grids – make the traditional form of delivery more or less redundant in some areas."

Read the full article at:   http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/australian-network-operators-ready-to-di...