WESTERN Australian Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced the establishment of the Energy Transformation Taskforce, which will implement the Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy.

The strategy will deliver a cleaner, affordable and more reliable electricity supply to Western Australian households and businesses for decades to come.

Former Horizon Power chairperson Stephen Edwell, who is an economist with extensive experience in energy sector regulation, market design, policy and utility reform, 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 co-ordinated approach for the power system of the future.

It will also produce a Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap to guide the integration of solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicles into the power system.

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