Why was the value of natural assets not considered in the RIT-T but are considered under the EES?

By |2021-04-15T18:32:47+10:00April 15th, 2021|

AEMO acknowledges the WVTNP will have impacts on local communities, as well as environmental features within the area including natural assets. Under the RIT-T application guidelines, the value of natural assets, where unable to be economically costed, are not able to be included within the cost estimation process of the RIT-T. The RIT-T is the [...]

Does Social License compete against cost?

By |2021-04-15T18:32:10+10:00April 15th, 2021|

The current regulatory framework assesses ISP projects according to their technical and economic merit over a 20-year planning horizon to guide governments, industry and consumers on the investments needed for an affordable, secure, sustainable and reliable energy future. AEMO recognises that this framework does not currently fully consider the social and environmental factors that underpin [...]

Why is the project simply choosing the cheapest and most direct option?

By |2021-04-15T18:38:41+10:00April 15th, 2021|

The RIT-T framework is designed to promote efficient investment in, and efficient operation and use of, electricity services for the long-term interests of electricity consumers. In effect, this means selecting the investment option that is both technically feasible and delivers the highest net economic benefits to the National Electricity Market. AEMO appreciates and acknowledges the [...]

Why was undergrounding of HVDC not considered as a credible option?

By |2021-04-15T18:38:29+10:00April 15th, 2021|

AEMO considered an underground option in the early stages of the Western Victoria RIT-T. Market and industry information indicated that per kilometre, building transmission cables underground would be in the order of up to 10 times more expensive compared to the equivalent overhead option. In comparison, an overhead option would deliver similar network benefits at [...]

Why is High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) not being considered?

By |2021-04-15T18:29:35+10:00April 15th, 2021|

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) was considered in the early stages of the Western Victoria RIT-T. It was excluded as a credible option on the basis that it was not considered an economically feasible or technically efficient solution to reduce network congestion and unlock renewable energy resources in western Victoria. This is due to the [...]

Was there any community consultation, or is this considered an ‘actionable’ route so the consultation didn’t happen?

By |2021-04-13T14:50:57+10:00April 13th, 2021|

The consultation process surrounding this project has been poor from the outset, to say the least. Community feedback has been provided to AusNet Services over the past 9 months via Online Q&A sessions A 32-page impact statement that I personally prepared Online mapping tools to identify areas of significance Thousands of letters of concern sent [...]

Are there any viable alternatives that you have identified?

By |2021-04-13T14:50:16+10:00April 13th, 2021|

Murraylink (commissioned in 2002) is a prime example of an alternative solution that is sensitive to the environment and communities. Murraylink utilises High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Light technology and consists of two 180-kilometre long bipolar underground HVDC cables. The Murraylink HVDC bipolar interconnector is believed to be the world’s longest underground power transmission system, connecting the [...]

Have you connected with other communities which have similar concerns to you?

By |2021-04-13T14:49:50+10:00April 13th, 2021|

We have connected with community groups along the entire 190km proposed alignment. As this represents a substantial distance, communities are impacted in different ways. Farming and Agriculture is the focus of many but the situation in Darley is quite different. There are 1000s of residents who will be impacted and our fight is more related [...]

How many members does your group have? Are you all based in the area? 

By |2021-04-20T16:03:33+10:00April 13th, 2021|

Darley Power Fight is a group of around 1000 residents in Darley, Coimadai and Merrimu. We are united against high voltage transmission towers passing through our backyard. We came together through the realisation the transmission line will divide a narrow corridor between Darley and the Lerderderg State Park; altering landscape character, causing widespread damage to [...]

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