The NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan maps out 24 steps
towards attracting investment, community support and expertise in
renewable energy projects in NSW.
The New South Wales Government has published the final version
of its Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP), which has been in
development since July 2011. REAP supports the national renewable
energy target of 20% of energy being from renewable sources by
2020, mapping out 24 steps towards attracting investment, community
support and expertise in renewable energy projects in NSW.
Building on the draft REAP, the final version includes more of a
focus on the availability of information, preparing a smart meter
policy, and supporting research into smart grid, wave and tidal,
geothermal-assisted and bioenergy technologies.
The Renewable Energy Advocate is appointed
With the REAP came the appointment of NSW's first Renewable
Energy Advocate, Amy Kean. Ms Kean's role will be to support
the facilitation of renewable energy projects by working with
communities, industry, investors, innovators and government.
In particular, the REAP indicates that the Renewable Energy
Advocate will be responsible for:
assisting with network connection issues (especially in
relation to an advocated uptake of mid-scale solar PV
creating an online information portal to assist project
leveraging Commonwealth programs to encourage research and
development in renewable energy technologies in NSW.
The draft guidelines proposed a ban on wind turbines within 2km
of residences, unless there is written agreement from relevant
landowners, or it is permitted via a "gateway" process
(by being granted a Site Compatibility Certificate). The Clean
Energy Council's community engagement guidelines for the wind
industry are intended to help involve communities more effectively
in the development process.
REAP's interaction with the Energy Efficiency Action
REAP is intended to be complemented by an Energy Efficiency
Action Plan (EEAP), which was released in August 2013.
The EEAP commits to supporting 220,000 low-income households to
reduce energy use by up to 20% in the next year, to reducing 16,000
gigawatt hours of energy and to retrofit 50% of commercial
buildings to a 4 star NABERS energy and water rating by 2020. These
goals are intended to be achieved through 30 identified actions,
many of which will be picked up in a review of the NSW Energy
Efficiency Scheme which is intended to enhance its reach and
The EEAP highlights the desire to investigate options for
demand-side participation, gas efficiency, and private finance for
residential energy efficiency upgrades.
The two plans will be implemented under the guidance of the NSW
Economic Development Framework, which was published in December
However, the likely changes to Commonwealth climate change
policy will necessitate a review of these new plans to ensure that
the proposed actions complement the new national outlook.
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