Nov 04, 2020

Powerlink in partnership deal with weather bureau

Powerlink in partnership deal with weather bureau Powerlink chief executive Paul Simshauser and Bureau of Meteorology chief executive officer Dr Andrew Johnson. Photo: Konstantin Kuftin

Powerlink is tapping directly into weather wisdom for better transmission network planning through a new partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology.

Powerlink chief executive Paul Simshauser said the innovative partnership signalled Powerlink’s commitment to working with the Bureau over the next three years to access specialised knowledge and data, and deliver targeted research.

“This partnership will give Powerlink insights into weather data, models and forecast trends that help us plan the future transmission network,” Mr Simshauser said.

“Energy demand and our ability to deliver safe, reliable and cost effective electricity supply to close to five million Queenslanders is closely linked to weather conditions and impacts.

“Formalising this partnership is a natural follow-on from Powerlink’s first research project with the Bureau which involves developing ‘near real-time’ solar irradiance information within Australia.

“This project, which commenced in June, builds Powerlink’s understanding of current and potential impacts from domestic solar PV units and large-scale renewables across the electricity network.”

He said Powerlink was keen to explore further research opportunities with the Bureau, particularly around the impacts of severe weather events such as cyclones, fires, floods and drought on the electricity network.

Bureau of Meteorology chief executive Dr Andrew Johnson said the partnership was the Bureau’s first with a transmission network operator.

“Weather and climate conditions are increasingly connected to the secure, safe and efficient operation of the energy grid, and this is never more evident than when it comes to the energy transmission network,” Dr Johnson said.

“This partnership will draw on the Bureau’s expertise to drive solutions in priority areas to ensure the safe and reliable day-to-day operation of Powerlink’s network.”