Victorian network operator AusNet has unveiled its preferred route for a crucial new transmission network upgrade that is hoped will help revive investment in new renewable energy projects in Western Victoria.
AusNet has also flagged the possibility of upgrading the transmission network link between Bulgana and Waubra, from 220kV to 500kV, as part of a proposed Renewable Energy Zone being progressed by the Victorian government.
Construction is expected to commence sometime in 2022, and the network link expected to be fully operational by 2025.
AusNet will look to get out ahead of likely opposition to the transmission project, becoming the latest in a growing number of transmission projects attracting resistance from locals in regions that will host the overhead cables. Some residents within Western Victoria have already expressed opposition to the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project – with a rather blunt message.
Energy Grid Alliance Comments: Some residents? I would say all residents. Despite claims AusNet is working to improve its community consultation, residents along the proposed corridor had to learn about this announcement via the media.