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.
Revised guidance for onshore wind energy projects including updated technical supplements for visual and noise impact assessment.
Guidance for large-scale transmission infrastructure for landscape and visual impacts and other assessment issues.
Updates to the existing 2022 guideline to align with the benefit-sharing guideline and new work on decommissioning.
Guidance for benefit-sharing with communities and creating planning agreements for large-scale wind and solar energy development.
Guidance and a template for landowners entering into host or impact agreements.
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.