Underground cables are more efficient: independent report

Published on 21 June 2021

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Media Release - 21 June 2021

Underground cables are more efficient: independent report

 Moorabool Shire Council has commissioned a report that proves underground high voltage power cables are a viable, low-impact alternative to the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) and must be seriously considered.

Council engaged an independent consultant to investigate the feasibility of utilising underground cables for the WVTNP, rather than the overhead transmission lines being proposed by AusNet.

The report, High-Level HVDC Alternative Scoping Report, found underground cables to be a technically feasible alternative that is likely to be more reliable and efficient for the movement of renewable energy to major centres, whilst presenting significantly reduced impact to social and environmental factors.

These findings, in addition to the results of another Council commissioned report that also validates the undergrounding of powerlines, are clear evidence that the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) process conducted by AEMO was inadequate and did not consider all viable alternatives.

This proves especially true considering the independent local economic impact assessment , also commissioned by Council, which found that the RIT-T does not consider costs or benefits outside the electricity market.

Moorabool Shire Council CEO, Derek Madden, said: “Now is the time to get serious about putting this infrastructure underground.

“We have not only shown that it can happen, but it is a better solution - and not the 10 times more expensive that is quoted by both AEMO and AusNet.”

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