A colleague asked me about sources of free text books or publications on power distribution and generation, as one of his retired relatives was interested in staying up to date in the industry. After a bit of searching I found the following publications.

These are a good alternative to commercial journals or text book publishers to get a flavour.



Partial open access

Power companies in Australia tend to keep their information close to their chests. There are however a number of good places to obtain useful information. Here are links to spatial data, load data, and network data.

Energex data is available as of 4 March 2019.

Spatial data

Ergon Energy (Queensland distribution network)

Energex (Queensland distribution network)

Western Power (WA transmission and distribution network)

Geoscience Australia

Network data

Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Zone substation load data

Distribution Network Service Providers are required to provide 10 years of load data to interested parties. Some charge for this, others require a form to be completed and others allow direct download.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales


South Australia

SA Power Networks direct download