Western Australia's Energy Future
Strategic Energy Initiative
The Strategic Energy Initiative, Energy2031 is the Western Australian Government’s strategy for our energy future.
During 2010-2011, the Office of Energy undertook extensive consultation to identity the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector. Following a review of feedback received from the consultation period and modelling of potential energy futures, the Public Utilities Office provided advice on strategic energy directions to the Minister for Energy. The Energy2031 Final Paper, outlining a vision and 20-year plan, was released in August 2012.
Energy2031 paints a picture of the energy sector that we aim to build over the next 20 years. The Energy2031 vision is:
affordable energy - Western Australians have access to affordable energy which meets their needs
secure energy - Western Australia’s energy supply is sufficient to meet demand over the longer term
reliable energy - Western Australia’s energy supply is safe and of a consistently high quality and delivered with minimal disruption
cleaner energy - Western Australia’s energy production and use demonstrates good environmental stewardship and minimises greenhouse emissions
The Western Australian energy market is undergoing significant transformation as we respond to key challenges of climate change, energy security and energy affordability. The breadth and depth of issues that we face require a cohesive and comprehensive strategic energy policy framework.
Energy2031 outlines a vision and long-term plan for Western Australia’s energy sector, providing industry and the community with clarity about the sector’s direction and its context for decision-making.
Five pathways have been identified to achieve the Energy2031 vision:
diverse and secure energy supply
pro-active energy planning
effective and efficient energy delivery
informed and responsible energy use
Over time, strategies and actions will be developed against these pathways to help us achieve the Energy2031 vision.