Essential Energy and Charles Sturt University work together on gas conversion pathway

06 December 2023

Essential Energy and Charles Sturt University (CSU) have joined forces on an electrification study to help better understand the challenges involved in transitioning from gas to electric.

As more customers embrace the energy transition by shifting to electric, Essential Energy is looking for more ways to support them to achieve their decarbonisation goals.

CSU is progressively working towards its own net zero target, and they want to ensure their energy sources are renewable.

After being unable to find a renewable source for natural gas, they worked with Essential Energy to determine what was needed to electrify gas loads at their Orange Campus.

Working together on an electrification study was an opportunity to research the cost effectiveness of transiting gas to renewables and provide a better understanding what equipment would be needed and how it could be sourced.

It was also a chance for Essential Energy to gain valuable insights into what their own electrification transition journey might look like, as well as assessing what tools are needed to help customers who are wanting to decarbonise through electrification.

The study focused on:

  • the challenges and limitations of transition to electric,
  • the types of equipment needed, and
  • the cost effectiveness and availability of the equipment.