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 19,000 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 8,500 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 stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Appin Power PlantIllawarraEDL GroupCSM55 MW
BayswaterHunterAGL MacquarieSteam/Coal2800 MW
Bendeela/Kangaroo ValleyNowraOrigin Energy ElectricityHydro240 MW
BloweringSnowySnowy HydroHydro80 MW
BroadwaterNorth CoastCape Byron ManagementBagasse38 MW
Boco RockNimmitabelBoco Rock Wind FarmWind113 MW
Broken Hill Gas TurbineBroken HillEssential Energy Diesel50 MW
Capital Wind FarmTaragoInfigen Energy MarketsWind140 MW
CondongNorth CoastCape Byron ManagementBagasse30 MW
ColongraCentral CoastSnowy HydroOCGT724 MW
CullerinUpper LachlanOrigin Energy ElectricityWind30 MW
EraringLower HunterOrigin Energy ElectricitySteam/Coal3000 MW
EraringLower HunterOrigin Energy ElectricityDiesel56 MW
Gullen RangeGoulburnNew Gullen Range Wind FarmWind172 MW
Gunning Wind FarmWalwaGunning Wind Energy DevelopmentsWind47 MW
GuthegaSnowySnowy HydroHydro80 MW
HumeSnowyGSP EnergyHydro70 MW
Hunter Valley GTHunterAGL MacquarieOCGT50 MW
LiddellHunterAGL MacquarieSteam/Coal2200 MW
Mount PiperCentral WestEnergyAustraliaSteam/Coal1400 MW
Murray*SnowySnowy HydroHydro1575 MW
SmithfieldSmithfieldMarubeniCCGT175 MW
TallawarraWollongongEnergyAustraliaCCGT435 MW
Tower Power PlantIllawarraEDL GroupCSM41 MW
TumutSnowySnowy HydroHydro2465 MW
UranquintyWagga WaggaOrigin Energy Uranquinty PowerOCGT664 MW
Vales PointCentral CoastDelta ElectricitySteam/Coal1360 MW
Woodlawn Wind FarmTaragoWoodlawn WindWind48 MW

* in Victorian region of the NEM
CSM        Coal Seam Methane
OCGT     Open Cycle Gas Turbine
CCGT     Combined Cycle Gas Turbine
Source: http://www.aemo.com.au/About-the-Industry/Registration/Current-Registration-and-Exemption-lists (dated 24/03/2015)

Projects with development approval

Power stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Bamarang Stage 1NowraInfratilOCGT400 MW
Bamarang Stage 2NowraInfratilconversion to CCGTBase load
Bayswater BBayswater Power StationAGL MacquarieCCGT or Ultra-supercritical Coal2000 MW
BlueScope Cogeneration PlantPort Kembla SteelworksBlueScopeCogeneration225 MW
Bodangora Wind FarmWellingtonBodangora Wind Farm Pty LtdWind60-110 MW
Broken Hill Solar Farm (under construction)Broken HillAGL Energy LtdPhotovoltaic53 MW
Capital Solar FarmTaragoInfigen SuntechSolar50 MW
Capital II Wind FarmTaragoCapital II WindWind140 MW
Conroy's Gap Wind FarmYassEpuronWind30 MW
Crookwell II (under construction)Southern HighlandsUnion FenosaWind92 MW
Dalton Power ProjectDaltonAGL EnergyGas1000 MW
Flyers CreekOrangeInfigen EnergyWind80-132 MW
Glen InnesGlen InnesBabcock & Brown / National PowerWind81 MW
Gloucester Gas ProjectGloucesterAGL EnergyCSM15 MW
Kyoto Energy Park (under construction)Upper HunterPamadaWind
102 MW
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1 MW
Leafs GullyAppinAGLGas360 MW
Manildra Solar FarmManildraInfigen SuntechSolar50 MW
MarulanMarulanEnergyAustraliaOCGT/CCGT450 MW
MarulanMarulanEnergyAustraliaOCGT350 MW
Moree BP Solar FarmMoreeBP SolarSolar150 MW
Moree Solar Farm (under construction)MoreeFRV  Solar60 MW
Mount Piper Power Station ExtensionMount Piper Power StationEnergyAustraliaCCGT or Ultra-supercritical Coal2000 MW
Nyngan Solar Plant (under construction)NynganAGLSolar106 MW
Nyngan Solar FarmNynganInfigen SuntechSolar100 MW
Richmond ValleyCasinoMetGascoCSM30 MW
Royalla Solar Farm (under construction) ACTFRV Royalla Solar Farm Pty LtdPV20 MW
Sapphire Wind FarmGlen Innes/InverellWind Prospect CWPWind319 MW
Silverton Wind FarmBroken HillEpuronWind1000 MW
Tallawarra Stage BWollongongEnergyAustraliaGas300-450 MW
Taralga Wind Farm (under construction)TaralgaTaralga Wind Farm Nominees No 2Wind107 MW
TomagoNewcastleMacquarie GenerationOCGT/CCGT790 MW
WellingtonWellingtonNewGen PowerOCGT600 MW
White Rock Wind FarmGlen InnesEpuronWind120-340 MW

Projects in the planning system

Power stationLocationOwnerTechnologyCapacity
Bango Wind FarmYass/BoorowaWind Prospect CWPWind340 MW
Biala Wind FarmCrookwellNewtricityWind160 MW
Collector Wind FarmCollectorTransfield ServicesWind120-160 MW
Crookwell 3Southern HighlandsUnion FenosaWind45-116 MW
Crudine Ridge Wind FarmBathurstCrudine Ridge Wind Farm Wind105-374 MW
Eastern Creek Energy from Waste FacilityEastern Creek  Next GenerationBioenergy140 MW
Gilgandra Solar FarmGilgandraNeoen AustraliaSolar30 MW
Griffith Solar FarmGriffithNeoen Australia Solar30 MW
Jemalong Solar StationForbesVast Solar Solar30 MW
Jupiter Wind FarmTaragoEPYC Wind250 MW
Liverpool Range Wind FarmNew England TablelandsEpuronWind1800 MW
Narrabri WestInglegreenPower Partners GenerationBiogas55 MW
Paling Yards Wind FarmOberon/ GoulburnUnion FenosaWind100-180 MW
Parkes Solar FarmParkesNeoen AustraliaSolar30 MW
Rugby Wind FarmYassSuzlon Energy and Wind Lab DevelopmentsWind290 MW
Rye Park Wind FarmYassEpuronWind120-378 MW
Uungula Wind farmWellingtonWind Prospect CWPWind800 MW
Woolbrook Wind FarmTamworthNewtricityWind80 MW
YassYassEpuronWind380 MW