Report Hails NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan A Success

Report Hails NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan A Success

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams today released the 2014 Annual Report on the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan, which highlights the success of the Plan and the NSW Government’s commitment to renewable energy.

“The report shows the NSW Government is taking practical steps towards our vision for a secure, reliable, affordable and cleaner energy future for NSW households and businesses,” Mrs Williams said.

In September 2013, the NSW Government released thePlan to grow renewable energy in NSW and support the national target of 20 per cent renewable energy.

Mrs Williams said the Plan has three inter-related goals:

Attract renewable energy investment; Build community support; and Grow renewable energy expertise.
“In the first year of the Plan’s implementation, the NSW Government has already completed more than a third of the actions, with significant progress made towards almost all of the Plan’s 24 actions,” Mrs Williams said.

“The report also confirms the enormous progress made in increasing renewable energy in NSW, which now has approximately 5,700 megawatts (MW) of installed renewable energy.

“Almost 13 per cent of our energy generation came from renewable sources in 2013.

“There are estimated to be more than 13,000 jobs supported by renewable energy in NSW, including 4,400 direct renewable energy jobs, many of which are in regional areas.

“The total investment in small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) in NSW is estimated at $1.3 billion.”

Mrs Williams highlighted other major achievements from the Plan’s first year, including the appointment of the NSW Renewable Energy Advocate, Amy Kean, the first position of its kind in Australia. The Advocate has already facilitated the development of 15 large scale renewable energy projects totalling 3,600 megawatts.

“NSW has successfully leveraged $582 million of Commonwealth funding for 104 renewable energy projects in NSW and supported the construction of the Solar Flagship Projects in Nyngan and Broken Hill,” Mrs Williams said.

“This is bringing jobs, investment and income diversification to these regional communities.”

Other achievements include:

Release of the Energy from Waste Policy Statement and the introduction of a more flexible regulatory framework for biomass projects in NSW;

Expansion and improvement of the Regional Clean Energy Program, to support early and effective engagement in renewable energy projects and promote the development of community renewable energy projects right across NSW;

Announcement of the NSW Government's Smart Meter Policy, which supports the voluntary market led rollout of smart meters to allow customers to better manage their electricity consumption; and

Establishment of the NSW Energy Innovation Knowledge Hub in Newcastle, which is fostering research and development in renewable energy.

Mrs Williams said the Plan positions NSW to attract a major share of renewable energy projects, at least cost to the energy customer and with maximum benefits to NSW.

“The State’s energy security benefits from having a diverse range of energy sources and a flexible system to deliver energy to customers,” Mrs Williams said.

“The achievements reflect a coordinated, whole-of-Government effort, together with hard work and significant investment commitments from our key partners at research institutions, businesses and across the community.

“I wish to thank all those involved in implementing the Plan and in positioning NSW to lead the nation in renewable energy research, development and generation.”

Progressing the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan; Annual Report 2014 is available at:

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