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Energy policy framework

Providing greater clarity, consistency and transparency for the energy industry and communities

We want to help develop a sustainable renewable energy industry in NSW. Renewable energy is critical to meeting our state’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 and ensuring a secure, affordable electricity supply.

We’re proposing a new energy policy framework to support faster and more consistent decision-making and provide greater certainty for the energy industry and communities. The framework includes guidelines that outline how the impacts of renewable energy projects and transmission infrastructure will be assessed and managed.

The guidelines will ensure communities benefit from renewable energy development and have more transparency and clarity about where and how development occurs.

Update to map in draft Wind Energy Guideline

We have updated the 'Suitable areas for wind energy development' map in the draft Wind Energy Guideline to clarify that all of the mapped areas are suitable for wind energy development. The map shows varying levels of suitability within the most desirable areas of the state. This is based on technical, economic and environmental factors.

Wind Energy Guideline

Revised guidance for onshore wind energy projects including updated technical supplements for visual and noise impact assessment.

Transmission Guideline

Guidance for large-scale transmission infrastructure for landscape and visual impacts and other assessment issues.

Solar Energy Guideline

Updates to the existing 2022 guideline to align with the benefit-sharing guideline and new work on decommissioning.

Benefit-Sharing Guideline

Guidance for benefit-sharing with communities and creating planning agreements for large-scale wind and solar energy development.

Private Agreement Guideline

Guidance and a template for landowners entering into host or impact agreements.

Read our guide to the energy policy framework (PDF, 3.3 MB) to find out more about each policy.

Have your say

In response to stakeholder feedback, we have extended the closing date of the energy policy framework exhibition. The framework is now on public exhibition until 11:59 pm on 29 January 2024.

We look forward to your feedback, which will help ensure renewable energy development meets the needs of NSW and its communities.

Have your say

Community meetings

Come along to one of our community meetings – registration is not needed.

  • Date: Monday 27 November 2023
  • Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm or 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Location: The Vue Room, Wollongong Golf Club, 151-161 Corrimal Street, Wollongong
  • Date: Wednesday 29 November 2023
  • Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Location: Gulgong RSL, 64 Herbert Street, Gulgong
  • Date: Thursday 30 November 2023
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Coolah Youth and Community Centre, 10-12 Binnia Street, Coolah
  • Date: Thursday 30 November 2023
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Location: Walcha Veterinary Supplies, 6 Aberbaldie Road, Walcha
  • Date: Friday 1 December 2023
  • Time: 9 am to 11.30 am
  • Location: Dumaresq Room, Rydges Hotel, 31 Marsh Street, Armidale
  • Date: Monday 4 December 2023
  • Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Location: Griffith Leagues Club (Southside), 2 Bridge Road, Griffith
  • Date: Tuesday 5 December 2023
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Location: Youth Venue Auditorium, Corner Bathurst and Pitt Street, Singleton
  • Date: Tuesday 5 December 2023
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Location: Club Singleton, 50 Pitt Street, Singleton

Online meetings

If you can’t make one of our in-person sessions, register for our online information session.

  • Date: Wednesday 6 December
  • Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Book a 15-minute session with one of our planners. Choose your preferred date and the team will arrange a time:

  • Date: Wednesday 6 December – 10 am to 12 pm
  • Date: Thursday 7 December – 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Date: Friday 8 December – 10 am to 12 pm