The amendments to NSW’s renewable energy project declares that the Hunter Valley will be converting from fossil fuel electricity production to renewable energy. The legislator for the region, Michael Johnsen, stated that they would be making the electricity infrastructure draft law in their upcoming meeting. Other bills supporting the transition to renewable electricity will be declared laws.
Johnsen explained that his hope is for the state to transition to renewable energy and still make a positive economic impact. He added that the shift to renewables will be successful under the development of storage technologies to host solar and wind energy from the respective farms. Mr. Johnsen revealed that the Hunter Valley would become a habitation for solar, wind, coal, and hydroelectric power. He explained that the region would be aligning itself for the transition to stop the disparaging of these areas due to the extraction of fossil fuels to generate electricity.
NSW has prepared three zones where they can start developing renewable energy structures. Additionally, the government will be giving $32 billion to support these projects. The three locations are the Central West, New England, and Riverina. This plan will facilitate the development of renewable energy facilities in these areas and minimize coal mines and firing plants’ introduction. This strategy will minimize the climatic changes taking place globally.
An awakening has started for the transition to renewables, with the likes of MP Joel Fitzgibbon abandoning his party because its policies do not advocate for the reduction in emissions. Other legislators think that Mr. Johnsen was pretending to champion for the uptake of renewables. The legislators explained that Johnsen was trying to understand the plan to align Hunter and the Central Coast region to start generating renewable energy.
Adam Searle, one of the legislators, revealed that the energy bill had already passed its stages and was waiting for Hunter to fall into place. Additionally, the legislator added that they have made the necessary changes for the renewable energy bills to take shape. Mr. Searle verified that some changes are awaiting the changes by NSW to open the region for expansion. Energy Minister Matt Kean reiterated that the area is an excellent site for developing renewable energy resources. The minister emphasized that his ministry will partner with any region that is open to renewable energy projects.
In conclusion, the region anticipates investment to generate 1000 megawatts of wind energy in the next three years. More changes will also be coming in on the Rural Fires Act to enable property owners to subscribe to this renewable energy.