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. 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 19,000 MW of power plant proposals (including over 9,000 MW from renewable sources) at various stages of development from concept to construction.

In NSW, proposals to build new power stations are assessed under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Projects already being assessed prior to the repeal of Part 3A will continue to be assessed under Part 3A. No project applications were accepted between the repeal of Part 3A and 1 October 2011.

On 1 October 2011 a new assessment system for projects of State significance commenced in New South Wales with the commencement of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Part 3A Repeal) Act 2011 and the State and Regional Development - State Environmental Planning Policy (PDF icon 1.4 mb).

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.

AEMO's latest findings are based on new information regarding supply and demand in the dynamic electricity market - a market which is constantly changing in response to factors such as the state of the economy, Federal Government environmental policies, new business investment, new homes being built and energy efficiency measures.

The report shows that NSW has been prudent in its planning for the state's future electricity needs and that we have enough time to ensure that we've got the right amount of capacity when we need it.

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

Major existing NSW power stations

Power station Location Owner Technology Capacity
Appin Mine Illawarra EDL Group CSM 56 MW
Bayswater Hunter Macquarie Generation Steam/Coal 2720 MW
Blowering Snowy Snowy Hydro Hydro 80 MW
Broadwater North Coast Delta Electricity BaGasse 30 MW
Capital Wind Farm Tarago Renewable Power Ventures Wind 141 MW
Condong North Coast Delta Electricity BaGasse 30 MW
Colongra Central Coast Delta Electricity OCGT 668 MW
Cullerin Upper Lachlan Origin Energy Wind 30 MW
Eraring Lower Hunter Origin Energy Steam/Coal 2880 MW
Gunning Wind Farm Walwa Acciona Energy Wind 47 MW
Guthega Snowy Snowy Hydro Hydro 60 MW
Liddell Hunter Macquarie Generation Steam/Coal 2080 MW
Mount Piper Central West EnergyAustralia Steam/Coal 1400 MW
Munmorah Central Coast Delta Electricity Steam/Coal 600 MW
Murray* Snowy Snowy Hydro Hydro 1500 MW
Redbank Hunter Redbank Project Coal Tailings 145 MW
Shoalhaven Nowra Origin Energy Hydro 240 MW
Smithfield Smithfield Marubeni Gas Cogen 160 MW
Tallawarra Wollongong EnergyAustralia CCGT**** 435 MW
Tower Mine Illawarra EDL Group CSM** 41 MW
Tumut Snowy Snowy Hydro Hydro 2116 MW
Uranquinty Wagga Wagga Origin Energy OCGT*** 648 MW
Vales Point Central Coast Delta Electricity Steam/Coal 1320 MW
Wallerawang Central West EnergyAustralia Steam/Coal 1000 MW
Woodlawn Wind Farm Tarago Woodlawn Wind Pty Ltd Wind 48 MW

* in Victorian region of the NEM
** CSM Coal Seam Methane
*** OCGT Open Cycle Gas Turbine
**** CCGT Combined Cycle Gas Turbine

Projects with development approval

Power station Location Owner Technology Capacity
Bamarang Stage 1 Nowra Infratil OCGT 400 MW
Bamarang Stage 2 Nowra Infratil conversion to CCGT Base load
Bayswater B Bayswater Power Station Macquarie Generation CCGT or Ultra-supercritical Coal 2000 MW
BlueScope Cogeneration Plant Port Kembla Steelworks BlueScope Cogeneration 225 MW
Boco Rock (under construction) Monaro Wind Prospect CWP Wind 270 MW
Bodangora Wind Farm Wellington Bodangora Wind Farm Pty Ltd Wind 60-110 MW
Broken Hill Solar Farm Broken Hill AGL Energy Ltd Photovoltaic 50 MW
Buronga Mildura International Power Australia Distillate/ OCGT 150 MW
Capital Solar Farm Tarago Infigen Suntech Solar 50 MW
Capital II Wind Farm Tarago Capital II Wind Wind 60-80 MW
Conroy's Gap Wind Farm Yass Epuron Wind 30 MW
Crookwell II (under construction) Southern Highlands Union Fenosa Wind 92 MW
Dalton Power Project Dalton AGL Energy Gas 1000 MW
Flyers Creek Orange Infigen Energy Wind 80-100 MW
Glen Innes Glen Innes Babcock & Brown / National Power Wind 81 MW
Gloucester Gas Project Gloucester AGL Energy CSM 15 MW
Gullen Range (under construction) Goulburn Epuron subsidiary Wind 241 MW
Kyoto Energy Park Upper Hunter Pamada Wind
Solar
Hydro
102 MW
10 MW
1 MW
Leafs Gully Appin AGL Gas 360 MW
Manildra Solar Farm Manildra Infigen Suntech Solar 50 MW
Marulan Marulan EnergyAustralia OCGT/CCGT 450 MW
Marulan Marulan EnergyAustralia OCGT 350 MW
Moree BP Solar Farm Moree BP Solar Solar 150 MW
Moree Solar farm Moree Infigen Suntech     Solar 60 MW
Mount Piper Power Station Extension Mount Piper Power Station EnergyAustralia CCGT or Ultra-supercritical Coal 2000 MW
Munmorah Power Station Rehabilitation Munmorah Power Station Delta Electricity Coal and/or Gas 700 MW[1]
Nyngan Solar Plant Nyngan AGL Solar 106 MW
Nyngan Solar Farm Nyngan Infigen Suntech Solar 100 MW
Parkes Parkes International Power (Australia) OCGT 120 MW
Richmond Valley Richmond Valley MetGasco CSM 30 MW
Royalla Solar Farm (under construction)  ACT FRV Royalla Solar Farm Pty Ltd PV 20 MW
Sapphire Wind Farm Glen Innes/Inverell Wind Prospect CWP Wind 319 MW
Silverton Wind Farm Broken Hill Epuron Wind 1000 MW
Tallawarra Stage B Wollongong EnergyAustralia Gas 300-450 MW
Taralga Wind Farm (under construction) Taralga RES Southern Cross Wind 183 MW
Tomago Newcastle Macquarie Generation OCGT/CCGT 790 MW
Wellington Wellington NewGen Power OCGT 600 MW
White Rock Wind Farm Glen Innes Epuron Wind 120-340 MW
Wilga Park Narrabri Eastern Star CSM 29-40 MW

Projects in the planning system

Power station Location Owner Technology Capacity
Bango Wind Farm Yass/Boorowa Wind Prospect CWP Wind 340 MW
Bialla Wind Farm Crookwell Newtricity Wind 160 MW
Collector Wind Farm Collector Transfield Services Wind 120-160 MW
Crookwell 3 Southern Highlands Union Fenosa Wind 45-116 MW
Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Bathurst Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Pty Ltd Wind 105-374 MW
Eastern Creek Energy from Waste Facility Eastern Creek   Next Generation Bioenergy 140 MW
Jupiter Wind Farm Tarago EPYC Wind 250 MW
Liverpool Range Wind Farm New England Tablelands Epuron Wind 1800 MW
Narrabri West Ingelgreen Power Partners Generation Biogas 55MW
Paling Yards Wind Farm Arkstone Union Fenosa Wind 100-180 MW
Rugby Wind Farm Yass Suzlon Energy and Wind Lab Developments Wind 290 MW
Rye Park Wind Farm Yass Epuron Wind 120-374 MW
Uungula Wind farm Wellington Wind Prospect CWP Wind 800 MW
Woolbrook Wind Farm Tamworth Newtricity Wind 80 MW
Yass Yass Epuron Wind 380 MW