Locking in reliable and affordable electricity in the NT

The Australian Government is committing to foundational projects to underpin a bilateral energy and emissions reduction deal with the Northern Territory Government that will deliver secure, reliable and affordable power across the NT.

Through the 2021-22 Budget, the Government will invest $30 million to fund electricity infrastructure projects, including:

  • $15 million to help build a 35 MW big battery as part of the Darwin to Katherine Interconnected system, which will help maintain security and reliability with growing levels of variable renewable energy
  • $15 million to deploy microgrids in up to 10 remote Indigenous communities, which will provide more secure, reliable and affordable electricity through lower reliance on diesel generators.

The Northern Territory Government has committed $30 million to battery energy storage systems and $69 million to advancing remote and regional microgrids across the Territory.

These initiatives are expected to create up to 237 new jobs.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said the Government is investing in initiatives to shore up the supply of reliable and affordable power for Territorians well into the future. 

‘These projects will provide reliable and secure power for Territorians and deliver affordable energy solutions for remote indigenous communities. This supports economic development, over 200 local jobs and reduces emissions,’ the Minister said.

Today’s announcement builds on the $50 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, which has already awarded over $5.2 million to microgrid feasibility studies across more than 20 locations in the NT.

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Minister’s media release

Investing in new opportunities for northern Australia The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia; the Hon Michelle Landry MP, Assistant Minister for Northern Australia - joint media release