Renewable Energy Zones
The NSW Government’s Electricity Strategy and Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap set out a plan to deliver the state’s first 5 Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) in the Central-West Orana, New England, South-West, Hunter-Central Coast and Illawarra regions. This builds on the NSW Transmission Infrastructure Strategy and supports the implementation of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan.
NSW REZs will play a vital role in delivering affordable, reliable energy generation to help replace the State’s existing power stations as they come to their scheduled end of operational life.
The NSW Government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for all stakeholders.
The Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo) is the NSW Government-controlled statutory authority that will lead the delivery of NSW REZs. EnergyCo will coordinate REZ transmission, generation, firming and storage projects to deliver efficient, timely and coordinated investment. EnergyCo will take a holistic view of REZ planning and consultation and will work with communities to ensure the benefits of investment are equitably shared within host regions.
EnergyCo will have a number of key functions, including:
- leading community and stakeholder engagement
- contributing to strategic, holistic planning for each REZ
- administering an access framework for the REZ that delivers benefit to generators
- administering a competitive process to coordinate generation in the REZ
- coordinating the technical design of the REZ in consultation with program partners and generators
- promoting local development opportunities, including engaging with local community and industry.
Learn more about EnergyCo and Renewable Energy Zones by visiting the EnergyCo website, or you can Stay informed about REZs and upcoming opportunities to provide feedback by joining the EnergyCo mailing list.