The NSW government has developed the Renewable Energy Action Plan to guide NSW’s renewable energy development and to support the national target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. The Plan positions NSW to increase energy from renewable sources at least cost to the energy customer and with maximum benefits to NSW.

The Plan details three goals and 24 actions to most efficiently grow renewable energy generation in NSW. The strategy is to work closely with NSW communities and the renewable energy industry to increase renewable energy generation in NSW.

The NSW Renewable Energy Advocate

Amy Kean is the NSW Renewable Energy Advocate, a new position established to support the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan with specific responsibilities for Actions 1, 4, 5, 8 and 17. It is the Advocate’s role to work closely with NSW communities and the renewable energy industry to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects, increase renewable energy generation in NSW and help remove barriers to and promote investment in renewable energy.

Contact the Renewable Energy Advocate:
email: renewableenergy.advocate@industry.nsw.gov.au
phone 02 8281 7778
or write to GPO Box 3889
Sydney NSW 2001

Implementation

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.

This page will soon be updated to reflect the Renewable Energy Action Plan goals and actions.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan will be implemented alongside a separate Energy Efficiency Action Plan that is being 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 prepared based on the outcomes of the Summit.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan was released in draft form in late 2012. Submissions to the consultation process are available below: