Shire of Exmouth to trial two-way electric vehicle technology to help energy grid stability

Matthew PaddickMidwest Times
Exmouth shire president Matt Niikkula, Energy Minister Reece Whitby, and shire of Exmouth chief executive Ben Lewis.
Camera IconExmouth shire president Matt Niikkula, Energy Minister Reece Whitby, and shire of Exmouth chief executive Ben Lewis. Credit: Supplied

Exmouth will trial new energy technology through electric vehicles to see how they can help power the energy grid.

Horizon Power has been tasked with the study, which will test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the State’s north West.

The trial will test whether electric vehicles can feed power back to the network after drawing it from the grid, using the cars as mobile energy storage solutions.

V2G could have the capacity to help lower electricity bills, power homes, and help stabilise the grid, the State Government says.

Exmouth was selected for its change in power fluctuations because of seasonal demand, as it receives a high volume of tourists during the year, particularly during the school holidays.

Five vehicles with the ability to direct energy both in and out of the grid have been allocated to key stakeholders in the region.

These include the Shire of Exmouth, the Gascoyne Development Commission, the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and WA Country Health Service Exmouth.

Energy Minister Reece Whitby said the trial reinforced the State Government’s push towards renewable energy.

“This trial represents a significant milestone for WA’s renewable energy uptake,” he said.

“The outcomes of this trial will allow Horizon Power to understand how two-way EV charging can contribute to a sustainable and efficient energy future for our State.

“This builds on the Cook Labor Government’s commitment to delivering vital infrastructure to support the uptake of EVs throughout WA, including through the WA EV Network and the provision of Charge Up grants.”

Exmouth shire president Matt Niikkula said the trial could pave the way for other regional towns to use similar technology.

“Council is looking forward to seeing the positive impact this trial will have on Exmouth’s energy management and overall sustainability efforts,” he said.

“The trial not only signifies a truly progressive way to find solutions suitable for remote regional towns, but also demonstrates council’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions.

“This initiative will undoubtedly pave the way for a greener and more energy-efficient future for the entire community.”

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