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Powerlink extends partnership with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology

Powerlink will continue to get access to weather data to oversee energy demands.

Government-owned Powerlink Queensland renewed its industry-first partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology for three more years.

This cooperation particularly covers the high-voltage transmission network over Queensland.

The collaboration, which started in 2020, allowed Powerlink to use real-time weather data and models to establish a receptive and uninterrupted power supply. Both parties collated and shared data that widened their estimation of weather patterns and their effect on the power grid.

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With the formulated study, Powerlink can trace the effects of weather conditions on the demand for electricity, the performance of the local transmission, and the convenience of renewable energy sources.

The power firm can best respond with contingency plans for its power supply from adverse weather effects, such as storms, floods, and bushfires.

Weather has a very real impact on the high voltage transmission network, this collaboration allows us to plan better, and respond quicker to ensure Queenslanders have access to reliable electricity. Access to this specialised data allows us to push energy through the system in a targeted, more efficient way based on local weather conditions,” Paul Simshauser, CEO of Powerlink, stated.

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