About the project

We are in the planning phase to install a new 20MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The proposed battery will co-locate alongside the existing Hume hydro power station (HPS), at the Hume Dam located approximately 20km upstream of Albury-Wodonga.

The Hume BESS proposal is the first battery and hydro co-located project in Australia that utilises world leading battery storage technology that will provide firm dispatchable capacity for the electricity grid whilst adding a world class asset to our existing renewable energy portfolio.

Project Description

The Hume hydro power station was first commissioned in 1957. This project provides a unique opportunity to utilise innovative technology to secure energy supply across the grid.

The Hume hydro power station has restrictions on the amount of water it can discharge to generate energy. A new battery will be able to charge from the power station during times of low demand and supply the energy market during peak periods.

Batteries are an energy storage technology that utilise lithium-ion to absorb and release energy on demand.

The electricity will be transferred to NSW (via Albury) and to Victoria (via Wodonga) utilising existing transmission lines. The battery will be connected to the existing substation via underground cables.

This project is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide a valuable source of dispatchable generation bringing the Hume hydro power station into the 21st century future proofing it for generations to come.

Community Consultation

Community consultation started in June 2020 with local businesses and residents.

The community can also make formal submissions on the project EIS that will be on public display during August 2020. Once on display the EIS can be found at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website. All submissions will receive a written response.

Environmental Assessment

The project meets the criteria as State Significant Development (SSD) and will follow the SSD planning pathway.

The project is currently in the assessment stage with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. This has included a review of the projects Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEAR’s has outlined the matters to be assessed in the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS is due to go on public display during August 2020.

Project Documentation

Project documentation will be updated as the project progresses. Check back here for updates in the future.

Project approval

Contact information

Please sign up to updates for further information as the project progresses through the assessment, design and development stages.

Phone: 1800 718 459
Email: humebessenquiries@meridianenergy.com.au
Post: PO Box 1639, Melbourne VIC 3001

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