In September 2013, NSW Government released the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan (the Plan) to guide NSW's renewable energy development and to support the national target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. 

The NSW Government's vision is for a secure, reliable, affordable and clean energy future for NSW. 

The Plan positions NSW to increase energy from renewable sources at least cost to the energy customer and with maximum benefits to NSW.

The strategy is to work closely with NSW communities and the renewable energy industry to increase renewable energy generation in NSW.

Consistent with the Plan, the NSW Government has made a submission to the 2014 Renewable Energy Target Review which supports retaining but reforming the Scheme. Read the NSW Government submission to the Review of the Renewable Energy Target PDF icon [172 KB].

The Plan details 24 actions under three important goals:

1. Attract renewable energy investment

With the largest installed renewable energy capacity in Australia, and with abundant renewable energy resources, NSW is well positioned to attract future renewable energy development.

The NSW Government is focused on practical steps to remove barriers to investment in renewable energy, including:

  • improving network connections
  • streamlining the planning process
  • creating a supportive regulatory environment
  • promoting investment opportunities in NSW
  • maintaining a fair price for solar and a sustainable solar industry.

2. Build community support

The NSW Government will give the community a say on decisions that affect them. We will build support for renewable energy by:

  • implementing the NSW planning guidelines for wind energy projects
  • engaging with the community early and effectively on renewable energy projects
  • supporting community-owned renewable energy projects
  • arming consumers with better information
  • supporting renewable energy technologies through the establishment of the Renewable Energy Advocate.

3. Attract and grow renewable energy expertise

NSW will attract and grow expertise in renewable energy technologies by:

  • creating renewable energy hubs
  • continuing to lead on research and innovation
  • facilitating partnerships between industry, government and research organisations
  • supporting the commercialisation of renewable technologies.

Download and read the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan PDF icon [2.72 MB]. 

NSW Renewable Energy Advocate

The NSW Renewable Energy Advocate is a position established to support the Renewable Energy Action Plan (the Plan).

The Advocate's role is to work closely with NSW communities and industry to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects, increase renewable energy generation in NSW and promote investment in renewable energy.

The Advocate has specific responsibilities for Actions 1, 4, 5, 8 and 17 under the Plan. This includes providing support for the Regional Clean Energy Program.

Appointing an Advocate for the first time underlines the NSW Government's strong commitment to ensure energy security through diversity.

Contact the Renewable Energy Advocate:

or write to GPO Box 3889
Sydney NSW 2001

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The Minister for Resources and Energy is leading delivery of the Renewable Energy Action Plan, working with the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and the Renewable Energy Advocate to report on progress.

A working group has been established to guide the implementation of the 24 Actions set out in the Plan. Chaired by the Renewable Energy Advocate, the Working Group is helping to ensure the Plan is delivered using an integrated, whole of government approach.

The plan is being implemented alongside a separate Energy Efficiency Action Plan, led by the Minister for the Environment. This recognises the common policy intent of energy efficiency measures in attracting investment and growing expertise, building community support and containing electricity costs for customers.

Development of the Plan

The NSW Government hosted the NSW Solar and Renewable Energy Summit on 1 July 2011 in Newcastle. The Summit brought together industry representatives, energy experts, government, environmental groups and consumer advocates, to plan for a low emissions and low cost energy future for NSW. The Summit discussed a number of measures to achieving a practical way forward for the renewable industry, including:

  • options for a fair price for solar generated electricity;
  • a practical way forward for small, medium and large scale solar in NSW;
  • peak load management to reduce costs and energy consumption; and
  • renewable energy investment.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan was informed by the outcomes of the Summit.

The plan was released in draft form in late 2012. Submissions to the consultation process are available below: