More than 11,000 homes and businesses in Brisbane’s inner western suburbs will now benefit from a recently completed $5.5 million upgrade to local Ashgrove electricity supplies.

Work on the multi-stage project commenced in April 2012 with a key component being the replacement of almost 3.3 km of underground power cables which connect Energex’s substation at Trinder Road, West Ashgrove, and the substation off Waterworks Road near the main Ashgrove shops.
The new cables will ensure optimum power supplies and ongoing electricity reliability in the area.

Energex’s Asset Manager for Central West region, Gary Madigan, said energy use – especially at peak times – had been rising in the inner western Brisbane suburbs for many years and this was forecast to continue.
“Much of this will be due to the continuing rise in domestic air-conditioning penetration which now stands at close to 75 per cent in the area. Across the supply area of the Ashgrove Substation there are around 15,000 air-conditioning systems installed in local homes, and according to the latest Queensland household energy survey this is tipped to rise to 19,600 systems within five years.

Madigan said the project was about underpinning the future of power supplies in the area to meet these forecast energy use changes.

The upgrade will directly or indirectly benefit power supplies to homes and businesses in parts of Ashgrove, Bardon, Enoggera, Kelvin Grove, Newmarket, Paddington, Red Hill and The Gap.

Energex is also investing more than $5 million in upgrading the Enoggera Substation and surrounding electricity network which will further strengthen the delivery of electricity to the area. Energex will be back in the area in the coming months with another two local projects.