There are 14 electrical transmission and distribution organisations currently operating in Australia with a regulated asset base of $26.28 billion and a capital expenditure of $13.26 billion. Capital works currently under construction in South East Queensland alone is in excess of $4.75 billion.
Delivery of this power is by way of a vast infrastructure including 750,000km of lines, 4.5 million power poles and approximately 16,000 towers.
Transmission and distribution organisations need and seek technologies that will support and assist them in meeting challenges in
- the transformation to an intelligent utility network paradigm whereby utilities can view the health and status of the entire network in near real time and implement cost effective and optimized asset management practice.
- better understanding of climate change and carbon neutral strategies and adaptation of the network and information management needs to meet these changes
- liaising and securing support with the developing national energy sector regulator to facilitate and underpin a culture of innovation in emerging technologies and a nationally coordinated approach to research investment
Effective management of the network to meet safety, reliability and quality of service demands is an increasingly difficult and challenging task with ageing infrastructure; increasing power demands and bushfire risk; security, political and societal demands; regulatory and legislative reforms and the financial realities of economic sustainability