We're exploring opportunities and solutions that will shape Exmouth's future energy solution
Horizon Power’s integrated resource planning (IRP) process kicked off in Exmouth, with an information session to gather feedback from community members and major stakeholders that will inform and shape the future energy solution for Exmouth.
Our IRP framework brings together key information from demand and energy forecasting, future energy system planning and importantly, the community’s voice through engagement.
Exmouth's energy supply
Exmouth Power Station is Horizon Power’s only CNG (compressed natural gas) power station. It is has eight gas generators and two diesel generators, with the gas generators used to supply most of the load.
Gas is trucked into the power station each day. Typically one gas truck is required each day during winter (when the load is low), but this can increase to two or three gas trucks a day in summer when the load is high. The power station is reliable and hasn’t been the cause of any blackouts in the last four years.
The first community engagement session for Exmouth IRP was held at the Exmouth Golf Club on 22 October 2020 and was attended by a diverse mix of representatives from community, government agencies, customers, environmental groups, independent power producer and tourism businesses.
The Horizon Power Future Energy Systems team presented on what IRP means, our purpose, and some of the challenges as a regional supplier integrating renewables and ran small group workshops to better understand community sentiments.
What did we learn?
We understand it's important to your community to reduce the technical barriers to renewable energy, design energy solutions that consider climate change impacts and cyclone conditions and move away from a reliance on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
We've listened to your feedback and we're working on long term energy solutions that reflect the values in your community.
Products that make it easier to manage your energy
We've been working with customers on innovative products that provide choice, increase access to renewables and help meet their future energy needs. These discussions are guiding our product development and we are now prioritising the potential products we can trial for Exmouth to deliver the best value for the community and Horizon Power.
Increased access to rooftop solar
Exmouth wants more access to solar and we're making it happen. We've purchased a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and entered into a preliminary agreement for its installation at the Exmouth Power Station. The BESS will be in service by early 2022 and will provide more homes and businesses the option to connect rooftop solar.
Long term solutions
Following the community engagement workshop, we carried out a land assessment for potential locations that could accommodate a hybrid future energy system in Exmouth. We have shortlisted multiple sites and are undertaking an options analysis and cost-benefit modelling to determine the solution that meets both current and future energy requirements. This is a complex and lengthy process, and we'll keep you updated on our progress.
As part of the new energy system's renewables mix, Horizon Power is considering wind power. We're assessing several land options, including both close to the existing power station and further from town. We are interested in receiving community views on how visible wind turbines would be received by the town and welcome any feedback using the form below.
We are preparing to release an expression of interest for suitably qualified vendors to be considered in the delivery of Exmouth’s future energy solution. Interested parties must register on Tenders WA and further information will be published there shortly.
We value your feedback
If you have any feedback, would like to keep updated on the Exmouth IRP or participate in future community engagements events, please complete the form below.
Renewing the regions
In support of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan, we're investing more than $75 million in regional WA. There are 18 projects aimed at creating jobs and giving towns more access to green energy and improved services.
This includes the 1.4MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) we're installing in Exmouth. This BESS will allow more customers to install rooftop solar while still maintaining safe and reliable power.
Find out about the other exciting projects we're working on across WA.