EnergyAustralia will investigate the feasibility of a 500MW grid-scale battery at the Mt Piper power station, promising up to four hours of energy for more than 200,000 homes during periods of high demand.
The company’s Head of Portfolio Development, Daniel Nugent, said the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), which is in its initial feasibility stage, could provide some significant benefits in New South Wales’ clean energy transition.
“Developing a grid-scale battery on EnergyAustralia’s land, adjacent to the existing power generation site, would allow us to utilise existing infrastructure and avoid the need to construct new overhead power lines across private land,” Mr Nugent said.
“The project would support future energy security in New South Wales as coal generation retires and more renewables enter the system.
“The BESS would be a welcome addition to the state’s growing list of big clean energy storage projects. If approved, it will also provide an economic boost to the Central West region and help to transform it into a renewable energy hub.
“The Mt Piper battery project is just one of many ways EnergyAustralia is leading the clean energy transition.”
The project will undergo further assessments and community consultation as well as seeking approval through the New South Wales planning process. If approved, the battery could be operational by the end of 2026.