As Western Power’s Head of Grid Transformation Ben Bristow is charged with planning for the rapidly changing future of the transmission and distribution network for Western Australia’s South West Interconnected System.
Ben is responsible for overall network strategy including the development of reliability, power quality, network improvement strategies and the conversion of planning into functional standards, business rules and guidelines to support engineering and future modelling of the network.
With more than 14 years’ experience with Western Power, Ben is using his engineering expertise and extensive knowledge of the energy sector to drive an innovative evolution of the network to support customers’ energy choices.
He leads his function team in the development and delivery of network related investment proposals in line with operational, financial, regulatory, customer/stakeholder requirements and steers pilot projects across the network including stand-alone power systems, microgrids and utility scale battery energy storage solutions.
Owned by the Western Australian Government, Western Power’s vast transmission and distribution network connects more than two million customers to a wide range of both traditional and renewable energy source across an area of around 255,000 km2. The South West Interconnected Network incorporates more than 103,000 kilometres of wires, 152 substation and more than 860,000 poles and towers.
If you want to know more about this and other topics directly from end users of energy storage technologies join us at one of these annual events: The Energy Storage World Forum (Grid Scale Applications), or The Residential Energy Storage Forum, or one of our Training Courses.