As part of a trade mission to Australia, Washington State delegates have visited Transgrid in Sydney to learn about the provider’s role in the renewable energy transition. 

Washington State representatives from business, education, and government are staging a trade mission to Australia, focusing on government diplomacy and business partnerships to support clean energy development and the phaseout of fossil fuels. 

The 28-member delegation visited Transgrid’s Sydney headquarters and was taken on a behind the scenes tour of its CBD substation before a briefing about the New South Wales network. 

Transgrid Executive General Manager Network, Marie Jordan, said that Transgrid was delighted to host the Washington State delegation to showcase its crucial role in enabling Australia’s clean energy future. 

“Our network across New South Wales and the ACT stretches more than 13,000km – greater than the distance from Sydney to Seattle. It allows energy trading between Australia’s three eastern states and powers more than three million homes and businesses,” Ms Jordan said. 

“There is no transition without transmission and Transgrid is delivering the priority transmission projects identified by the Federal and New South Wales governments to realise their renewable energy vision. 

“Over the next decade, we plan to invest $16.5 billion to ensure we can operate the New South Wales transmission system at 100 per cent instantaneous renewables and enable our clean energy future. 

“Washington State has also made major advances in transitioning to 100 per cent clean electricity. I thank the delegation for their interest in Transgrid and our program of works to bring Australians cheaper, cleaner energy and make our renewable energy transition possible.” 

A key focus area of the trade mission is exploring decarbonisation and clean technology. 

Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, said that Washington State, New South Wales, and all of Australia have a common challenge to build out the grid transmission necessary to decarbonise electricity. 

“It’s exciting to learn about the regional and national strategies being implemented in Australia towards transmission upgrades as my state also pursues an all-clean electric grid by 2045.”

Featured image: The Washington State delegation visiting Transgrid in Sydney. Image credit: Transgrid.

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