The New England Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) has a proposed capacity of 8,000 megawatts of generation. The REZ is to be located in the New England region, centred around Armidale.
The scope of works for each stage of the network expansion is yet to be identified.
|Jun 2021||ROIs for the development of projects in the REZ opened.|
|Jul 2021||ROIs for the development of projects in the REZ closed.|
|Sep 2022||EOIs for generator and storage projects in the REZ opened.|
|Oct 2022||EOIs for generator and storage projects in the REZ closed.|
|Jul 2031||Expected construction commencement of projects in the REZ.|
|Jul 2036||Expected construction completion of projects in the REZ.|
The Federal Government's contribution comes through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to TransGrid to support a $3.5 million feasibility study into the potential development of new transmission capacity.
|Nov 2019||The REZ was outlined in the NSW Government's 2019 Electricity Strategy, identifying its proximity to the existing interconnector between NSW and Queensland, numerous potential pumped hydro sites and significant wind resources as key factors determining the REZ's location.|
|Jul 2020||The NSW Government announced it will proceed with the REZ and in its 2020 Integrated System Plan, AEMO identified New England REZ network expansion as a critical project.|
|Jun 2021||The NSW Government commenced a Registration of Interest process for existing and proposed generation, storage and network infrastructure projects in the New England region to inform the next stage of design, closing 23 July.|
|Aug 2021||The NSW Government announced 80 ROIs were received, totaling 34 gigawatts of potential renewable energy projects. The first auction for renewable energy projects across the NSW REZs is expected in 2022.|
|Sep 2022||The EnergyCo opened an Expression of Interest to identify and select generator and storage projects for the New England REZ, closing on 4 October.|
|Aug 2023||Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo) opened a Request for Tender for a Site Management Services provider, closing 18 September.|