Projects in NSW

Electricity in NSW is generated from a wide range of fuel sources, including black coal, natural gas, coal seam methane gas and renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, biomass and solar.

NSW has around 20,000 megawatts (MW) of installed electricity generation capacity (including many small generators and roof top PV systems). Interconnectors with Queensland and Victoria provide additional capacity of about 1,100 MW and 1,500 MW respectively.

The tables below provide a list of major existing, under construction and proposed NSW power stations larger than 30 MW of installed capacity. A full list of current NSW generators registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) can be found on the AEMO website. There is a further 17,500 MW of power plant proposals (including over 9,500 MW from renewable sources) at various stages of development from concept to construction. A list of new generation projects is also available on the AEMO website.

In NSW, proposals to build new power stations are assessed under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

New power stations are subject to a transparent and public assessment process to ensure protection of the environment and the health and amenity of local communities.

The environmental assessment process for electricity generation projects is the same as for any other major project. This process requires a full and thorough environmental assessment by the Director-General of the Department of Planning with particular emphasis given to ensuring approved proposals proceed in an environmentally appropriate and sustainable manner.

The AEMO also releases an annual report, the Electricity Statement of Opportunities, outlining the supply and demand balance for each region of the National Electricity Market. A National Transmission Network Development Plan is also prepared annually which provides an outlook of future generation needs over the 20 year outlook of the study.

Details of proposed generation plants can be found on the Department of Planning's Major Projects Register.

Major existing NSW power stations

Power stationLocationOwnerFuelCapacity
Appin Power Plant Illawarra EDL Group Operations CSM 55 MW
Bayswater Hunter AGL Macquarie Coal 2800 MW
Bendeela/Kangaroo Valley Nowra Origin Energy Electricity Water 240 MW
Blowering Snowy Snowy Hydro Water 80 MW
Boco Rock Nimmitabel Boco Rock Wind Farm Wind 113 MW
Broadwater North Coast Cape Byron Management Bagasse 38 MW
Broken Hill Gas Turbines Broken Hill Essential Energy Diesel 50 MW
Broken Hill Solar Plant Broken Hill AGL Hydro Partnership Solar 54 MW
Brown Mountain Nimmitabel Hydro Power Water 6 MW
Burrendong Hydro Lake Burrendong AGL Hydro Partnership Water 19 MW
Burrinjuck Burrinjuck Dam GSP Energy Water 28 MW
Capital Wind Farm Tarago Infigen Energy Markets Wind 140 MW
Colongra Central Coast Snowy Hydro Natural Gas 724 MW
Condong North Coast Cape Byron Management Bagasse 30 MW
Copeton Copeton Dam AGL Hydro Partnership Water 24 MW
Cullerin Upper Lachlan Origin Energy Electricity Wind 30 MW
Eastern Creek 2 Eastern Creek LMS Energy Landfill Gas 10 MW
Eastern Creek Eastern Creek EDL LFG (NSW) Landfill Gas 5 MW
Eraring Lower Hunter Origin Energy Electricity Coal 3000 MW
Eraring Lower Hunter Origin Energy Electricity Diesel 56 MW
Glenbawn Glenbawn Dam AGL Hydro Partnership Water 5 MW
Glennies Creek Singleton EDL (OCI) WCMG 13 MW
Gullen Range Bannister New Gullen Range Wind Farm Wind 172 MW
Gullen Solar FarmGoulburnGoldwindSolar10 MW
Gunning Wind Farm Walwa Gunning Wind Energy Developments Wind 47 MW
Guthega Snowy Snowy Hydro Water 80 MW
Hume Snowy Trustpower Water 70 MW
Hunter Valley GT Hunter AGL Macquarie Diesel 50 MW
Hunter Economic Zone Hunter LUMO Generation SA Diesel 29 MW
Jounama Small Hydro Snowy Snowy Hydro Water 14 MW
Keepit Lake Keepit GSP Energy Water 8 MW
Liddell Hunter AGL Macquarie Coal 2200 MW
Lucas Heights 1 Lucas Heights EDL LFG (NSW) Landfill Gas 5 MW
Lucas Heights 2 Lucas Heights EDL LFG (NSW) Landfill Gas 18 MW
Mount Piper Central West EnergyAustralia Coal 1400 MW
Moree Solar Farm Moree FRV Solar 60 MW
Murray * Snowy Snowy Hydro Water 1575 MW
Nyngan Solar Plant Nyngan AGL Energy Partnership Solar 102 MW
Pindari Hydro Pindari Dam AGL Hydro Partnership Water 6 MW
Royalla Solar Farm ACT FRV Royalla Solar Farm Solar 20 MW
Smithfield Smithfield Marubeni Australia Power Services Natural Gas 175 MW
Tahmoor Tahmoor Colliery EDL Group Operations WCMG 5 MW
Tallawarra Wollongong EnergyAustralia Natural Gas 460 MW
Taralga Wind Farm Taralga State Power Investment Corporation Wind 107 MW
Tower Power Plant Illawarra EDL Group Operations CSM 41 MW
Tumut Snowy Snowy Hydro Water 2465 MW
Uranquinty Wagga Wagga Origin Energy Uranquinty Power Natural Gas 664 MW
Visy Tumut Visy Black Liquor 32 MW
Vales Point Central Coast Sunset Power International Coal 1360 MW
WestVAMP West Cliff Coal Mine BHP Billiton WCMG 5 MW
Wilga Park A & B Narrabri Santos NSW CSM 16 MW
Woodlawn Bioreactor Tarago EnergyAustralia Landfill Gas 7 MW
Woodlawn Wind Farm Tarago Infigen Energy Wind 48 MW
Wyangala Wyangala Dam Hydro Power Water 24 MW

* in Victorian region of the NEM
CSM        Coal Seam Methane
WCMG    Waste Coal Mine Gas
Source: http://www.aemo.com.au/About-the-Industry/Registration/Current-Registration-and-Exemption-lists (dated 03/06/2016)

Projects with development approval

Power station175 MWLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Bayswater B (Concept approval) Bayswater Power Station AGL Macquarie Gas (CCGT) or Ultra-supercritical Coal 2000 MW
Beryl Solar Farm Gulgong First Solar Solar 74 MW
Biala Wind Farm Crookwell Newtricity Wind 109 MW
BlueScope Cogeneration Plant Port Kembla Steelworks BlueScope Cogeneration 225 MW
Bodangora Wind Farm (under construction) Wellington Infigen Energy Wind 120 MW
Bogan River Solar Farm Nyngan Infigen Energy Solar 100 MW
Brocklehurst Solar Farm Dubbo Sunny Solar Solar 29 MW
Capital Solar Farm Bungendore Infigen Energy Solar 50 MW
Capital 2 Wind Farm Tarago Infigen Energy Wind 144 MW
Coleambally Solar Farm (under construciton) Coleambally Neoen Australia Solar 150 MW
Collector Wind Farm Collector Ratch Australia Wind 160 MW
Conroy's Gap Wind Farm Yass Epuron Wind 30 MW
Crookwell II (under construction) Goulburn Union Fenosa Wind 92 MW
Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Sofala CWP Renewables  Wind 135 MW
Dubbo Solar Hub (under construction) Dubbo Neoen Australia Solar 26 MW
Finley Solar FarmFinleyESCO PacificSolar175 MW
Flyers Creek Orange Infigen Energy Wind 132 MW
Gidginbung Solar Farm Temora Epho Solar 15 MW
Gilgandra Solar Farm Gilgandra Neoen Australia Solar 40 MW
Glen Innes Glen Innes Nexif Energy Wind 81 MW
Goonumbla Solar Farm Parkes Smardi Australia Solar 70 MW
Griffith Solar Farm (under construction) Griffith Neoen Australia  Solar 60 MW
Gunnedah Solar Farm Gunnedah Ironbark Energy Solar 27 MW
Hay Solar Farm Hay Overland Sun Farming Company Solar 110 MW
Hillston Solar Farm Hillston Overland Sun Farming Company Solar 100 MW
Jemalong Solar Thermal Pilot (under construction) Forbes Vast Solar Solar Thermal35 MW
Kyoto Energy Park (under construction) Scone Pamada Wind
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Limondale Solar Farm Balranald Overland Sun Farming Company Solar 250 MW
Manildra Solar Farm (under construction) Manildra Infigen Energy Solar 50 MW
Marulan Marulan EnergyAustralia Gas 450 MW
Marulan Marulan EnergyAustralia Gas 350 MW
Metz Solar Farm Armidale Infinergy Solar 100 MW
Molong Solar Farm Molong Terrain Solar Solar 25 MW
Moorambilla Solar FarmCoonambleMoorambilla SolarSolar5 MW
Mount Piper Power Station Extension (Concept approval) Mount Piper Power Station EnergyAustralia Gas (CCGT) or Ultra-supercritical Coal 2000 MW
Nevertire Solar Farm Dubbo Epuron Solar 120 MW
Parkes Solar Farm (under construction) Parkes Neoen Australia Solar 65 MW
Richmond Valley Casino Metgasco CSM 30 MW
Riverina Solar Farm Griffith EPS & SF Suntech Australia Solar 30 MW
Rye Park Wind Farm Yass Tilt Renewables Wind 322 MW
Sapphire Wind Farm (under construction) Inverell CWP Renewable Wind 300 MW
Silverton Wind Farm Stage 1 (under construction) Silverton AGL Energy Wind 200 MW
Silverton Wind Farm Stage 2 Silverton AGL Energy Wind 635 MW
Sunraysia Solar Farm Balranald Maoneng Solar 200 MW
Tallawarra Stage B Wollongong EnergyAustralia Gas 450 MW
Wagga Wagga Solar Farm Wagga Wagga Southern Cross Energy Solar 22 MW
Walgett Solar Farm Walgett Epuron Solar 30 MW
White Rock Solar Farm (under construction) Glen Innes Goldwind Solar 20 MW
White Rock Wind Farm Stage 1 (under construction) Glen Innes Goldwind Wind 175 MW
White Rock Wind Farm Stage 2 Glen Innes Goldwind Wind 125 MW
Yass Yass Epuron Wind 285 MW

Projects in the planning system

Power stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Avonlie Solar FarmNarranderaRESSolar200 MW
Bango Wind Farm Boorowa CWP Renewables Wind 340 MW
Bomen Solar FarmWagga WaggaRenew EstateSolar120 MW
Brewongle Solar FarmBathurstPhoton EnergySolar131 MW
Carrick Solar FarmCarrickPhoton EnergySolar144 MW
Crookwell 3 Crookwell Union Fenosa Wind 116 MW
Currawarra Solar Farm Deniliquin RES Solar 195 MW
Darlington Point Solar Farm Darlington Point Edify Energy Solar 275 MW
Dunedoo Solar FarmDunedooib vogtSolar66 MW
Eastern Creek Energy from
Waste Facility
Eastern Creek   The Next Generation Bioenergy 140 MW
Granite Hills Steeple Flat Granite Hills Wind Farm Wind 121 MW
Gregadoo Solar FarmGregadooGregadoo Solar FarmSolar45 MW
Gunnedah Solar Farm Gunnedah Photon Energy Solar 155 MW
Gunning Solar Farm Gunning Photon Energy Solar 316 MW
Jemalong Solar FarmForbesVast SolarSolar Thermal50 MW
Junee Solar FarmJuneeTerrain SolarSolar26 MW
Leeton Solar Farm Leeton Photon Energy Solar 26 MW
Liverpool Range Wind Farm Coolah Epuron Wind 1008 MW
Maryvale Solar FarmMaryvalePhoton EnergySolar115 MW
Moama Solar FarmMoamaTerrain SolarSolar28 MW
Mulwala Solar FarmMulwalaESCO PacificSolar140 MW
Mumbil Solar FarmMumbilPhoton EnergySolar138 MW
Narrabri Solar Farm Narrabri CleanGen Solar 120 MW
Narrabri South Solar Farm Narrabri Canadian Solar (Australia) Solar 60 MW
Narrabri West Facility Narrabri Power Generation Partners Bioenergy 55 MW
Newcastle Council Solar FarmSummerhill WMCNewcastle CouncilSolar5 MW
Orange Grove Solar FarmGunnedahOverland Sun FarmingSolar110 MW
Paling Yards Wind Farm Oberon Union Fenosa Wind 275 MW
Quorn Park Solar FarmParkesRenewable Energy DevelopmentsSolar160 MW
Sandigo Solar FarmNarranderaESCO PacificSolar300 MW
Sapphire Solar Farm Inverell CWP Renewables Solar 200 MW
Sebastopol Solar FarmTemoraIb vgotSolar160 MW
Springdale Solar FarmSuttonRenew EstateSolar100 MW
Sundown Solar FarmInverellCWP RenewablesSolar600 MW
Suntop Solar FarmSuntopPhoton EnergySolar260 MW
Tarleigh Park Solar Farm Deniliquin RES Solar 90 MW
Uungula Wind Farm Wellington CWP Renewables Wind 1122 MW
Vales Point Solar Farm Wyee Delta Electricity Solar 45 MW
Wagga Wagga Solar FarmBomenTerrain SolarSolar26 MW
Wee Waa Solar FarmWee WaaOverland Sun FarmingSolar55 MW
Wellington Solar Farm Wellington First Solar Solar 180 MW
Wellington North Solar FarmWellingtonAGLSolar300 MW