Kimberley Communities Integrated Resource Planning

We're building the future energy systems of our network in Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga, Djarindjin-Lombadina & Warmun.

Project overview

Through our Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) framework, we engage with local communities and Traditional Owners to determine long-term energy solutions that best meet their needs. We work to balance the demand, reliability and future energy needs of our towns with the voices and opinions of those who help make it a community.

Currently, we buy electricity from a local company that specialises in generating power in Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga, Djarindjin-Lombadina & Warmun. We then use our network to supply electricity to all houses and businesses in these communities.

Our power purchase agreement with this company ends in January 2025. This has provided an opportunity for us to run the IRP process to assess the future energy systems including renewable energy integration into the grid-based power supply.

Working towards a higher renewable energy future

We are exploring ways to incorporate significant amounts of renewable energy generation in our future energy systems. 

These renewable energy solutions require more land to operate on, and we are working with the support of local Aboriginal Community Councils and Traditional Owners to progress with cultural heritage and land agreements to support this project.

Community driven solutions

Understanding the community’s views on its energy needs will enable us to make the best possible decisions with the community, balancing a range of different needs and factors.

We have heard through discussions with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Community Councils that affordable energy is a key concern. Through the IRP process, we are assessing and investigating potential solutions that might be offered to communities and their residents.

Our commitment to reconciliation

We reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation and acknowledge the First Peoples of the land upon which we gather and do work across Western Australia. We recognise and appreciate a continued connection through stories, traditions and living cultures and commit to building a brighter future together.

We want to share the decarbonisation journey with the community and are seeking the valuable insights, ideas and knowledge from Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Community Corporations when planning future energy systems.

What does this mean for the community?

Building on past learnings

There have been several projects commenced across these towns and communities in the past which did not result in delivery. Innovating in the renewable space has not been without challenges such as the Covid pandemic, constrained finances, and an inability to acquire suitable land and space required to progress.

The integrated resource planning team have taken these learnings and committed to a holistic process, where historic projects such as solar farms, consideration of customer products such as rooftop solar and the centralised power system is assessed in order to deliver reliable future energy systems.

What's happening now?

Planning is the priority

Planning for such change requires detailed consideration, and can be a multi-year process. That's why we have a whole team dedicated to it.

The Integrated Resource Planning team is currently focused on finding and finalising agreements for land to house the renewable energy hubs, with the support of local communities.

Planning includes a long list of other essential tasks such as the completion of the required Heritage survey, Flora and Fauna survey and market process and approvals, along with financial and construction design modelling to facilitate the project.

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Key milestones

The asset and land assessment has been finalised, along with engineer modelling for all five communities. This has identified a need for land at each site to deliver higher renewable energy systems in the future.

Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Community Corporations have been engaged for their input into the site selection and feedback to the project.

Please note the following timeframes are subject to successful lease of land.

Date Activity
Ongoing Stakeholder engagement
2022 - 2023 Assessing options and working on due diligence
December 2023 - June 2024 Market process and approvals
July 2024 - June 2025 Future energy system design
July 2025 - June 2026 Construction and commissioning
July 2026 Launch of operational future energy system


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