Offshore wind zone declared off the Hunter (NSW)

An area off the coast of the Hunter in New South Wales has been declared as Australia’s second offshore wind zone. Proponents will be able to submit feasibility licence applications between 8 August 2023 and 14 November 2023. Read more

Now and next – current issues for Australia’s offshore wind industry

On 27 April 2023, applications closed for the first round of feasibility licences to be issued under the Commonwealth’s new offshore electricity infrastructure (OEI) regime. While we await the Minister’s decisions on those applications, there is much more happening in the Australian offshore wind industry. We discuss key updates, considerations for getting projects off the … Read more

Public consultation open: Proposed offshore renewable energy infrastructure area off the NSW Hunter coast

The Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water announced yesterday that it is seeking public feedback on the possible effects of renewable energy projects off the NSW Hunter coast. This announcement follows last year’s declaration of part of Bass Strait off Victoria’s Gippsland coast as Australia’s first offshore renewable energy infrastructure zone. Read more

NSW EPA Climate Change Policy and Action Plan released – what you need to know

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has published its Climate Change Policy and Action Plan 2023-2026 (Plan). Over the next 12-24 months, under the Plan, the EPA will introduce a number of new requirements for industry participants to take action in response to climate change. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans, industry-wide emission-reduction targets and emission limits on environment protection licences (EPL) are some of the proposed actions. Read more