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Mr Stephen Edwell to head taskforce to plot Western Australia’s exit from coal

Coal News - Published on Wed, 22 May 2019

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Renew Economy reported that the Western Australian government has put some momentum behind its recently unveiled Energy Transformation Strategy, with the establishment of a taskforce to implement the state’s shift to renewables and electric vehicles, and its exit from coal. The Labor McGowan government said that the taskforce would be headed up by “former” Horizon Power chair, Mr Stephen Edwell – an economist with extensive experience in energy sector regulation, market design, policy and utility reform, including a stint at the AER.

The government said that Edwell and team would be tasked with delivering the Energy Transformation Strategy’s “Whole of System Plan” to ensure a co-ordinated approach for Western Australia’s power system of the future.

As a key part of this, the statement said, would be the production of a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, “to guide the integration of solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicles” into the state’s power system.

However, the taskforce will report directly to energy minister Bill Johnston, and be supported by a new department of Treasury, the Energy Transformation Implementation Unit.

Johnston said that “I’m confident that Stephen Edwell’s abilities and experience will be instrumental in progressing the McGowan Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy. Edwell was the inaugural chairperson of the Australian Energy Regulator and has successfully led major reform projects in Western Australia and Queensland, including creating WA’s electricity market. I look forward to working with the taskforce, industry and consumer stakeholders to deliver on our vision of a cleaner and more resilient power system.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 22 May 2019
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