Why is this project needed?
Victoria’s existing transmission network does not have the capacity to transport the renewable energy being generated in Western Victoria to the rest of the state.
Our energy network was originally built to carry energy generated from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley to the rest of the state. As we move from coal-generated electricity to sustainable green power, this critical upgrade of our transmission network will help to keep the lights on and power prices down.
Western Victoria is emerging as an important renewable energy generation region and has been earmarked for its own Renewable Energy Zone.
However, the existing transmission network in Western Victoria is already at capacity. This means only limited power can be transported out of the region into the wider network and this impacts power prices.