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Are you a Friend of the Wind Farm?

I was recently up in Nundle, meeting people in the small community just south of Tamworth. There's a wind farm proposed for the area and there are plenty of locals who want to see it go ahead. So much so, they've got signs on their front fences telling everyone they're "Friends of the Wind Farm". Oh, and they're big fans of wind power as well, lol.

The wind farm in question is the Hills of Gold Wind Farm, an exciting 70 turbine, 420 megawatt project, which is going through the planning process right now.

If approved, it could include a 100/400WMh megawatt battery, allowing it to shape the wind farm’s clean energy output to what the grid requires.

But there is a determined group of opponents who, with Barnaby Joyce's blessing, want to see the project stopped.

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Welcome to RE-Alliance


A new brand for the next chapter of the Australian Wind Alliance. 


Today, we launch RE-Alliance, a trusted, independent organisation that sits between regional Australian communities and the renewable energy industry. 

RE-Alliance focuses on connecting people and power. 

Our vision is that the renewable energy transformation in Australia delivers sustainable, long-term community benefits to regional communities.

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It's watt we want: Project EnergyConnect to boost renewables in NSW, SA & VIC

In a massive step in the transition to renewables, the Australian Energy Regulator yesterday approved Project EnergyConnect, a vital 900-kilometre transmission line between South Australia and New South Wales to be built by ElectraNet and TransGrid.

It will be the biggest new transmission network investment in 30 years.

This announcement is a significant win for our climate. People don’t often think about wind and solar power when they see transmission lines, but that's exactly what this massive new project will be transporting. 

One of the biggest challenges we face in the transition to renewables is how to connect all the new sources of energy to the grid over such a vast Australian landscape, and to do it quickly enough to keep up with the demand for clean energy.

EnergyConnect will unlock 1,800 MW of renewable energy generation across Renewable Energy Zones, including approximately 800 MW in SA, 400 MW in NSW and 600 MW in Victoria, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

Project EnergyConnect

Regional communities will benefit from the jobs created by the project. The development of this additional renewable energy capacity is expected to unlock some 950 jobs across the region. In addition, up to 1,700 jobs will be created during construction.  

People in NSW and SA will save money once the transmission line is operating. Power bills will rise initially to support the cost of construction, then fall by an estimated $64 in NSW and $100 in SA annually once new renewable projects are connected via the new line.

Construction is set to begin later this year. 

This transmission project is one of a handful of large new power lines identified by the AEMO as key to switching over to renewables. 

We are working with transmission companies, regulators and government agencies to ensure regional communities impacted by this critical build will benefit from the project. 

If you want to discuss project impacts with us, get in touch

$32bn energy shot in the arm for regional NSW

The NSW government has outlined their plans to unlock a $32 billion investment to create a renewable energy boom in regional NSW. As part of the NSW Energy Infrastructure Roadmap, 12 gigawatts of renewable energy and 2 gigawatts of storage would be built in Renewable Energy Zones in the Central West, New England and South West.

This plan opens the door for NSW to become a renewable energy superpower and expand the share of renewable energy in the state from 16% to a projected 60% by 2030. This boom would lock in a smart economy, filled with jobs of the future, powered by low industrial electricity prices to drive further jobs in manufacturing and regional economies.

Jobs and economic activity to follow massive investment

For regional communities doing it tough through COVID-19, this plan will be a welcome lifeline. The investment will turbo-charge economic recovery and create more than 6,000 construction jobs, with a projected 2,800 ongoing direct jobs. Providing investment certainty will see $32 billion of private investment into the regions to create thousands of indirect jobs and help make communities more self-reliant and sustainable.

Farmers, landholders and communities to reap huge benefits

As Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader, John Barilaro, pointed out, farmers and landholders who host critical infrastructure on their land will see a projected $1.5bn in lease payments, for those. This is drought proof income farming families can rely on. Regional businesses can count on this money flowing back into the regional economy as farmers restock, purchase machinery and equipment, fight weeds and repair their fences. Additionally, the plan expects $265 million in community enhancement funds to fund important community projects in dozens of towns in these regions.

Climate action and jobs for NSW

This plan provides meaningful climate action for NSW, in line with the state government’s 2050 net-zero emissions target, while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs and promoting thriving economic activity. 

Victoria's Investment to Supercharge Renewables

Great news for jobs, economic development and climate action.

The Vic Govt is investing $1.6 billion to create thousands of jobs, reduce carbon emissions and lower power bills for Victorians.

  • Open up 6 Renewable Energy Zones around the state,
  • Power ahead with a second renewable energy auction to run schools on renewables, and
  • Invest in innovative technology like offshore wind and hydrogen.

Let’s get to work! 

Click here for more information around the announcement.

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