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Question Without Notice No. 615 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 September 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

ENERGY CAPACITY
615. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:
      (1) What is the total energy capacity in WA?
      (2) What is the total energy capacity in the south west interconnected system and the total energy capacity in the north west interconnected system?
      (3) How many megawatts of new renewable energy do Synergy and Horizon Power each need to purchase to meet their 2020 obligations under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) The total energy capacity in Western Australia is 7 566 megawatts. This is made up of capacity in the south west interconnected system, the north west interconnected system and some other standalone generators. Data is not held on all privately owned generation assets in non-interconnected systems in Western Australia.
      (2) The south west interconnected system capacity is 5 818 megawatts. The north west interconnected system capacity is 855 megawatts.
      (3) Synergy estimates that it requires up to 250 megawatts of new renewable energy to meet its 2020 obligations under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target. Horizon Power estimates it requires up to 35 megawatts of new renewable energy to meet its 2020 obligations under the LRET. The exact level of new capacity will vary depending on several factors, including the source of renewable energy, asset capacity factors, and corporations underlying retail demand in 2020.