WA’s energy landscape is clearer than ever following the release of the WA Energy Map project and a local state-of-energy report.

The report and energy maps are a result of a collaboration between The University of Western Australia, Perth USAsia Centre and Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.

The four maps show production and reserves, consumption, major infrastructure and innovation.

As part of the research, collaborators considered the connection between local and international markets, legacy infrastructure, consumption patterns and future developments.

The report is designed to support energy decision makers in government, academia and business to help WA become an energy giant.

CCIWA CEO Deidre Willmott says the document is open source and ‘living’, so authors can continue to refine and expand it in line with changes in the state’s energy achievements, challenges and needs.

In addition to the energy maps and A State of Energy Report, CCI has been very active in the energy sector through its recent Energy and Resources Forum.

The forum met last week to discuss prevalent issues impacting the state’s energy and resources sectors. 

Topics discussed included the west-east gas pipeline pre-feasibility study and safeguarding Australia’s critical infrastructure.

Special guest, Synergy CEO Jason Waters, presented to the forum on major energy issues from Synergy’s perspective.

The presentation’s main theme was the changing electricity market, caused largely by slowing demand growth, the uptake of solar photovoltaic technology and changing consumer expectations.

The second special guest Ray Challen, Governing Body Member of the Economic Regulation Authority, provided members with an update on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) and what it means for WA.

Access the report and energy maps here.