Australia’s most coal energy dependent state, New South Wales, has mapped out its newest designated renewable power zone, the New England REZ, which is able to host an enormous 8GW of wind, photo voltaic and storage initiatives.
The NSW Coalition authorities produced the map as a part of its “draft declaration” of the New England REZ, a key a part of the regulatory and authorized course of required for completion earlier than tenders and auctions can get underway.
An earlier expression of curiosity for the brand new REZ, which sits to the north-east of Tamworth, indicated there can be robust participation in any future public sale, with more than 34GW of proposals tendered by wind, solar and storage developers.
The New England REZ is one in every of not less than 5 drawn up by NSW as a part of its plans to interchange the majority, if not all, of its coal-fired technology fleet by 2030, which at the moment sits at greater than 10GW, with most vegetation scheduled to shut inside the decade.
The federal government’s draft declaration confirms that the newly created EnergyCo NSW would be the infrastructure planner for the New England REZ, and can assess and suggest community infrastructure initiatives and handle neighborhood considerations.
It’ll even be charged with “stopping technology or storage initiatives from connecting in a specified space inside the REZ (if these initiatives haven’t acquired improvement consent).”