Projects in NSW

Electricity in NSW is generated from a wide range of fuel sources, including black coal, natural gas, coal seam methane gas and renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, biomass and solar.

NSW has around 20,000 megawatts (MW) of installed electricity generation capacity (including many small generators and roof top PV systems). Interconnectors with Queensland and Victoria provide additional capacity of about 1,100 MW and 1,500 MW respectively.

The tables below provide a list of major existing, under construction and proposed NSW power stations larger than 30 MW of installed capacity. A full list of current NSW generators registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) can be found on the AEMO website. There is a further 17,500 MW of power plant proposals (including over 9,500 MW from renewable sources) at various stages of development from concept to construction. A list of new generation projects is also available on the AEMO website.

In NSW, proposals to build new power stations are assessed under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

New power stations are subject to a transparent and public assessment process to ensure protection of the environment and the health and amenity of local communities.

The environmental assessment process for electricity generation projects is the same as for any other major project. This process requires a full and thorough environmental assessment by the Director-General of the Department of Planning with particular emphasis given to ensuring approved proposals proceed in an environmentally appropriate and sustainable manner.

The AEMO also releases an annual report, the Electricity Statement of Opportunities, outlining the supply and demand balance for each region of the National Electricity Market. A National Transmission Network Development Plan is also prepared annually which provides an outlook of future generation needs over the 20 year outlook of the study.

Details of proposed generation plants can be found on the Department of Planning's Major Projects Register.

Major existing NSW power stations

Power stationLocationOwnerFuelCapacity
Appin Power PlantIllawarraEDL Group OperationsCSM55 MW
BayswaterHunterAGL MacquarieCoal2800 MW
Bendeela/Kangaroo ValleyNowraOrigin Energy ElectricityWater240 MW
BloweringSnowySnowy HydroWater80 MW
Boco RockNimmitabelBoco Rock Wind FarmWind113 MW
BroadwaterNorth CoastCape Byron ManagementBagasse38 MW
Broken Hill Gas TurbinesBroken HillEssential Energy Diesel50 MW
Broken Hill Solar PlantBroken HillAGL Hydro PartnershipSolar54 MW
Brown MountainNimmitabelHydro PowerWater6 MW
Burrendong HydroLake BurrendongAGL Hydro PartnershipWater19 MW
BurrinjuckBurrinjuck DamGSP EnergyWater28 MW
Capital Wind FarmTaragoInfigen Energy MarketsWind140 MW
ColongraCentral CoastSnowy HydroNatural Gas724 MW
CondongNorth CoastCape Byron ManagementBagasse30 MW
CopetonCopeton DamAGL Hydro PartnershipWater24 MW
CullerinUpper LachlanOrigin Energy ElectricityWind30 MW
Eastern Creek 2Eastern CreekLMS EnergyLandfill Gas10 MW
Eastern CreekEastern CreekEDL LFG (NSW)Landfill Gas5 MW
EraringLower HunterOrigin Energy ElectricityCoal3000 MW
EraringLower HunterOrigin Energy ElectricityDiesel56 MW
GlenbawnGlenbawn DamAGL Hydro PartnershipWater5 MW
Glennies CreekSingletonEDL (OCI)WCMG13 MW
Gullen RangeBannisterNew Gullen Range Wind FarmWind172 MW
Gunning Wind FarmWalwaGunning Wind Energy DevelopmentsWind47 MW
GuthegaSnowySnowy HydroWater80 MW
HumeSnowyTrustpowerWater70 MW
Hunter Valley GTHunterAGL MacquarieDiesel50 MW
Hunter Economic ZoneHunterLUMO Generation SADiesel29 MW
Jounama Small HydroSnowySnowy HydroWater14 MW
KeepitLake KeepitGSP EnergyWater8 MW
LiddellHunterAGL MacquarieCoal2200 MW
Lucas Heights 1Lucas HeightsEDL LFG (NSW)Landfill Gas5 MW
Lucas Heights 2Lucas HeightsEDL LFG (NSW)Landfill Gas18 MW
Mount PiperCentral WestEnergyAustraliaCoal1400 MW
Moree Solar FarmMoreeFRVSolar60 MW
Murray*SnowySnowy HydroWater1575 MW
Nyngan Solar PlantNynganAGL Energy PartnershipSolar102 MW
Pindari HydroPindari DamAGL Hydro PartnershipWater6 MW
Royalla Solar FarmACTFRV Royalla Solar FarmSolar20 MW
SmithfieldSmithfieldMarubeni Australia Power ServicesNatural Gas175 MW
TahmoorTahmoor CollieryEDL Group OperationsWCMG5 MW
TallawarraWollongongEnergyAustraliaNatural Gas460 MW
Taralga Wind FarmTaralgaState Power Investment CorporationWind107 MW
Tower Power PlantIllawarraEDL Group OperationsCSM41 MW
TumutSnowySnowy HydroWater2465 MW
UranquintyWagga WaggaOrigin Energy Uranquinty PowerNatural Gas664 MW
VisyTumutVisyBlack Liquor32 MW
Vales PointCentral CoastSunset Power InternationalCoal1360 MW
WestVAMPWest Cliff Coal MineBHP BillitonWCMG5 MW
Wilga Park A & BNarrabriSantos NSWCSM16 MW
Woodlawn BioreactorTaragoEnergyAustraliaLandfill Gas7 MW
Woodlawn Wind FarmTaragoInfigen EnergyWind48 MW
WyangalaWyangala DamHydro PowerWater24 MW

* in Victorian region of the NEM
CSM        Coal Seam Methane
WCMG    Waste Coal Mine Gas
Source: http://www.aemo.com.au/About-the-Industry/Registration/Current-Registration-and-Exemption-lists (dated 03/06/2016)

Projects with development approval

Power stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Bamarang Stage 1NowraInfratilGas (OCGT)300 MW
Bamarang Stage 2NowraInfratilconversion to CCGT150 MW
Bayswater BBayswater Power StationAGL MacquarieGas (CCGT) or Ultra-supercritical Coal2000 MW
Biala Wind FarmCrookwellNewtricityWind109 MW
BlueScope Cogeneration PlantPort Kembla SteelworksBlueScopeCogeneration225 MW
Bodangora Wind Farm (under construction)WellingtonInfigen EnergyWind120 MW
Bogan River Solar FarmNynganInfigen EnergySolar100 MW
Brocklehurst Solar FarmNynganInfigen EnergySolar100 MW
Capital Solar FarmTaragoInfigen EnergySolar50 MW
Capital 2 Wind FarmTaragoInfigen EnergyWind144 MW
Collector Wind FarmCollectorRatch Australia CorporationWind160 MW
Conroy's Gap Wind FarmYassEpuronWind30 MW
Crookwell IISouthern HighlandsUnion FenosaWind92 MW
Crudine Ridge Wind FarmBathurstCWP Renewables Wind135 MW
Dalton Power ProjectDaltonAGL EnergyGas1000 MW
Dubbo Solar Hub (under construction)DubboNeoen AustraliaSolar26 MW
Flyers CreekOrangeInfigen EnergyWind132 MW
Gidginbung Solar FarmTemoraEphoSolar15 MW
Gilgandra Solar FarmGilgandraNeoen AustraliaSolar40 MW
Glen InnesGlen InnesOneWindWind81 MW
Goonumbla Solar FarmParkesSmardi AustraliaSolar70 MW
Griffith Solar Farm (under construction)GriffithNeoen Australia Solar60 MW
Gullen Solar Farm (under construction)BannisterGoldwindSolar11 MW
Gunnedah Solar FarmGunnedahIronbark EnergySolar27 MW
Jemalong Solar Thermal PilotForbesVast SolarSolar6 MW
Kyoto Energy Park (under construction)Upper HunterPamadaWind
102 MW
10 MW
1 MW
Leafs GullyAppinAGLGas360 MW
Manildra Solar FarmManildraInfigen EnergySolar50 MW
MarulanMarulanEnergyAustraliaGas450 MW
MarulanMarulanEnergyAustraliaGas350 MW
Metz Solar FarmArmidaleInfinergySolar100 MW
Molong Solar FarmMolongTerrain SolarSolar25 MW
Mount Piper Power Station ExtensionMount Piper Power StationEnergyAustraliaGas (CCGT) or Ultra-supercritical Coal2000 MW
Nevertire Solar FarmDubboEpuronSolar120 MW
Parkes Solar Farm (under construction)ParkesNeoen AustraliaSolar65 MW
Richmond ValleyCasinoMetgascoCSM30 MW
Riverina Solar FarmGriffithEPS & SF Suntech AustraliaSolar30 MW
Rye Park Wind FarmYassEpuronWind322 MW
Sapphire Wind Farm (under construction)Glen Innes/InverellCWP RenewableWind300 MW
Silverton Wind Farm Stage 1 (under construction)Broken HillAGL EnergyWind200 MW
Silverton Wind Farm Stage 2Broken HillAGL EnergyWind635 MW
Sunraysia Solar FarmBalranaldMaonengSolar200 MW
Tallawarra Stage BWollongongEnergyAustraliaGas450 MW
TomagoNewcastleAGL EnergyGas790 MW
Wagga Wagga Solar FarmWagga WaggaSouthern Cross EnergySolar22 MW
Walgett Solar FarmWalgettEpuronSolar35 MW
White Rock Solar FarmMathesonWhite Rock Solar FarmSolar20 MW
White Rock Wind Farm Stage 1 (under construction)Glen InnesGoldwindWind175 MW
White Rock Wind Farm Stage 2Glen InnesGoldwindWind125 MW
YassYassEpuronWind285 MW

Projects in the planning system

Power stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Bango Wind FarmYass/BoorowaCWP RenewablesWind340 MW
Beryl Solar FarmGulgongFirst SolarSolar95 MW
Coleambally Solar FarmColeamballyNeoen AustraliaSolar150 MW
Crookwell 3Southern HighlandsUnion FenosaWind116 MW
Currawarra Solar FarmDeniliquinRESSolar195 MW
Darlington Point Solar FarmDarlington PointEdify EnergySolar225 MW
Eastern Creek Energy from
Waste Facility
Eastern Creek  The Next GenerationBioenergy140 MW
Granite HillsNimmitabelGranite Hills Wind FarmWind121 MW
Gunnedah Solar FarmGunnedahPhoton EnergySolar155 MW
Gunning Solar FarmGunningPhoton EnergySolar316 MW
Hay Solar FarmHayOverland Sun Farming CompanySolar100 MW
Hillston Solar FarmHillstonOverland Sun Farming CompanySolar100 MW
Jemalong Solar FarmForbesVast Solar Solar30 MW
Jupiter Wind FarmTaragoEPYC Wind350 MW
Leeton Solar FarmLeetonPhoton EnergySolar26 MW
Limondale Solar FarmBalranaldOverland Sun Farming CompanySolar250 MW
Liverpool Range Wind FarmNew England TablelandsEpuronWind1008 MW
Narrabri Solar FarmNarrabriCleanGenSolar120 MW
Narrabri South Solar FarmNarrabriCanadian Solar (Australia)Solar60 MW
Narrabri West FacilityNarrabriPower Generation PartnersBioenergy55 MW
Paling Yards Wind FarmOberon/GoulburnUnion FenosaWind275 MW
Sapphire Solar FarmInverellCWP RenewablesSolar200 MW
Tarleigh Park Solar FarmDeniliquinRESSolar90 MW
Uungula Wind FarmWellingtonCWP RenewablesWind1122 MW
Vales Point Solar FarmCentral CoastDelta ElectricitySolar45 MW
Wellington Solar FarmWellingtonFirst SolarSolar180 MW
Woolbrook Wind FarmTamworthNewtricityWind120 MW