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New South Wales declares Illawarra as a Renewable Energy Zone

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 27/02/2023 New South Wales Government

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has declared the fifth Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in the Illawarra coastal region. The area has been identified as a suitable location for offshore wind developments.

The Illawarra REZ runs down the coastline from Wollongong to Shellharbour and around to Dapto capturing existing infrastructure such as Port Kembla, Dapto Substation and the Tallawarra Power Station. It is the final REZ to be declared of the five zones identified under the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.

The REZ declaration is the first step in formalising the REZ under the Act. It sets out the intended network capacity (size), geographical area (location) and infrastructure that will make up the REZ. This enables and sets the scope of key legislative functions under the Act, including access schemes and REZ network solutions.

“The Illawarra has a proud history of manufacturing and the REZ will only build on this legacy, powering existing and emerging industries such as offshore wind, green hydrogen and green steel production,” said Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean.

“The Illawarra is an ideal region to host a REZ, thanks to its existing energy, port and transport infrastructure, its highly skilled workforce and strong demand from existing industries to decarbonise.

“This is a huge win for the Illawarra with projects registering their interest showing a potential to create more than 8,300 jobs, not including the huge employment potential of offshore wind,"
added Kean.

According to Minster Kean, there is strong commercial interest in the Illawarra region with the potential to unlock more than 17 GW and more than $43 billion of private investment in wind, battery storage, pumped hydro, hydrogen and new load projects, including green steel manufacturing.

The Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo),a statutory authority responsible for leading the delivery of REZ, will begin the next phase of development, including continuing to engage with the local community, industry, councils and other stakeholders in 2023.

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