What’s happening in my area?
Information on some major projects we are undertaking in our network area
Electric Avenue: Pole top batteries
We’re helping our customers to share power in their local communities. The Electric Avenue pole top battery program involves 40 batteries installed across the United Energy network in Australia’s largest rollout of community-based batteries.
Between 2021 and 2023, they will be installed across Melbourne’s east, south east and the Mornington Peninsula as part of an $11 million program supported by $7 million from United Energy and $4 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
This innovative project provides an opportunity for customers to act locally to participate in a clean energy future.
The batteries provide benefits for local customers, whether they have solar or not, by storing energy from both our network and nearby solar panels or the network, that can then be used locally when it is needed.
Find out more about Electric Avenue here.
Bayside Battery Project
United Energy is installing two pole-mounted batteries for the local community to share. This is part of our efforts to develop a flexible network to make sure we can power customer choices.
By installing the batteries on our network, we will help sustain our 99.99% reliability for customers, support those with rooftop solar to get the most out of their investment, and enable customers to use these new technologies.
This is the first time in Australia that batteries have been installed as an alternative source of electricity for homes and businesses.
Find out more about the Bayside Battery Project here.
EV Grid project
United Energy is partnering with electricity distribution companies Jemena, AusNet Services, Evoenergy, TasNetworks to run a trial to understand the effects of electric vehicle (EV) charging on the grid. The trial will run over two years and is partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
More than 170 EV owners across Victoria, the ACT, and Tasmania receive a ‘smart wall charger’ that will be up to three times faster than the charger commonly supplied with new EVs and will also allow us to manage when charging occurs.
This will help lessen the impacts of the extra consumption during peak times, and shift the charging of EVs to a time when the grid has more capacity.
As more people buy EVs, we’re preparing our networks to support this change. By better understanding how and when customers want to charge their electric vehicles while balancing sustainability and cost, we will be able to adapt how we operate our networks to assist with a smooth and affordable transition to renewable energy.
For further information visit: www.evgrid.com.au
Summer Saver is an innovative program which helps share electricity in your community for a few hours, on a few really hot days over summer. By reducing or shifting when you use electricity, Summer Savers not only earn cash back, but also reduce stress on the grid – it’s called demand response.
During summer, many people are using air conditioning, pool pumps, and other appliances placing short, intense periods of pressure on the electricity grid.
We’ll be kicking off the 2021/22 Summer Saver program soon. Stay tuned for more information.
Every five years our business submits a proposal for how we will charge for electricity based on our expected costs and the needs of our customers. Energised 2021–2026 is a statement of our approach to planning for this five year period.
We are committed to achieving the best long-term results for our customers and the network. We don’t want to just tick all the boxes, but strive for excellence in all we do, and to be diligent in keeping the needs and concerns of our customers at the heart of all our plans for the future.