The New England Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) will be developed in the area surrounding Armidale in the New England region of NSW and will aim to support the development of up to 8,000 megawatts of renewable generation capacity.
The scope of works for each stage of the network expansion is yet to be identified. The precise location of the New England REZ will be determined through industry and community consultation, and further input gained during the tender process.
|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 (ROI) 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.|