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Horizon Power looks to the future of energy in Australia

From the control centre, Horizon Power is able to monitor its networks in real time.
An Esperance crew member replaces a transformer in Salmon Gums, about one hour outside of Esperance.

Horizon Power is a vertically integrated, state-owned utility working in a unique space—the regional and remote areas of Western Australia, from the Kimberley, Gascoyne, and the Pilbara, to the Mid-West and southern Goldfields regions.

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“Its scope of operations is very large—we operate across 2.5 million square kilometers, about 1/3 of the landmass of the U.S.,” said Frank Tudor, Managing Director. “But we only have 100,000 people that we supply spread across 40 independent systems, including the North West Interconnected System and various towns and communities.”

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Tudor has been with the utility in various roles since its inception in 2006 when Horizon Power was formed after the disaggregation of the state-owned Western Power.

As Managing Director since 2010, he has brought his years of experience in energy, oil and gas, and foreign affairs to help navigate the business through new growth and new directions in a rapidly changing industry.

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Key projects of the present for the world of tomorrow

“Our focus in the next five to 10 years is to determine how we will play a role in the new distributed energy world alongside maintaining the grid. The network will become progressively more intelligent in hosting advanced metres—which we're in the process of rolling out to our communities, including all manner of sensors/switches,” said Tudor.

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Horizon Power is engaged in a partnership with Electrix and Silver Springs Network on a major investment in advanced metering infrastructure. Using smart grid technology, the company plans to better monitor its network integrity in real time and use advanced analytics to......Click here to read the rest of this article on Energy Digital! 

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Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of Energy Digital magazine. Click here to read this feature and more! 


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