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Energy Security

Energy Security Focus Group

The Commissioner appointed an Energy Security Focus Group in September 2015. This group will play an advisory role to the Commissioner and represent the views of various Kangaroo Island industry groups and businesses.

The Energy Security Focus Group will be discussing options for securing energy to the Island in light of an identified need to replace SA Power Network’s undersea cable that is the Island’s current power source. 

View the Group’s membership and terms of reference (PDF, 242 KB).

Read a Statement of Community Expectations (PDF, 270 KB) prepared by the Energy Security Focus Group in February 2016 in consultation with the Kangaroo Island Community.

Submission to SA Power Networks - RE: Draft Project Assessment Report - KI Submarine Cable (PDF, 562 KB) prepared by the Energy Security Focus Group in December 2016.

Cable Replacement Project

The existing radial 33kV submarine cable that supplies Kangaroo Island is nearing its average life expectancy of 30 years with significant consequences if the cable fails.  A catastrophic cable failure will incur substantial cost to repair and run limited generation over a long period which will in turn impact on tourism, business, community and the economic development of Kangaroo Island.

SA Power Networks has published a Final Project Assessment Report (FPAR) for Kangaroo Island to address the identified need on Kangaroo Island. This Final Project Assessment Report (FPAR) has been prepared upon conclusion of the consultation period following publication of the Draft Project Assessment Report (DPAR) in accordance with and limited to the requirements of National Electricity Rules Clause 5.17.4.

The Final Project Assessment Report (FPAR) information package consists of the following document:

This document is available on the SA Power Networks website.

Enquires should be directed to  requestforproposals@sapowernetworks.com.au

Connections

SA Power Networks is responsible for the electricity distribution grid on Kangaroo Island.

The cost of connecting to the electricity grid has historically been a barrier to development on the island. SA Power Networks connection policy changed in 2015 and the net cost of connecting to the grid is now much lower for many projects.

As illustrated below, customer costs incorporate three main elements:

  • Augmentation (the cost of expanding the capacity of the existing shared network)
  • Extension (the cost of extending the network to the property boundary)
  • Connection (the cost of the electrical equipment within the customer’s property)

The Existing Shared Network

The recent changes to SA Power Networks’ connection policy mainly affect the ‘Augmentation’ component. In most cases this component is now much lower. In some cases it is effectively zero. Project developers who received connection cost quotes from SA Power Networks before July 2015 are encourage to re-apply.

Further information is available here.