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Western Australian Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, has established an Energy Transformation Taskforce which will implement the McGowan Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy.

Former Horizon Power chairperson, Stephen Edwell, will chair the taskforce.

The taskforce will report directly to the Minister for Energy and will be supported by the Energy Transformation Implementation Unit, a new unit within the Department of Treasury.

The taskforce will deliver the Energy Transformation Strategy’s Whole of System Plan to facilitate a more coordinated approach for the power system of the future.

The strategy is expected to produce a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap to guide the integration of solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicles into the power system.

The strategy intends to improve network connection and electricity market arrangements to cater for the growth of renewable energy into the future.

WA Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said “I’m confident that Stephen Edwell’s abilities and experience will be instrumental in progressing the McGowan Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy.

“Mr Edwell was the inaugural chairperson of the Australian Energy Regulator and has successfully led major reform projects in Western Australia and Queensland, including creating WA’s electricity market.

“I look forward to working with the taskforce, industry and consumer stakeholders to deliver on our vision of a cleaner and more resilient power system.”

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