Draft Wind Energy Assessment Policy – EDO NSW submission

Draft Wind Energy Assessment Policy NSW

September 2016 – Download PDF

This EDO NSW submission on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s draft Wind Energy Assessment Policy makes a number of recommendations on how the NSW Government can improve its wind energy planning framework.

We welcome the Government’s proposal for a more risk-based assessment approach. In our submission, we make a number of recommendations on how the assessment framework can be improved to encourage reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the dangers of global warming.

In particular, the final Policy should give significant weight to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While this gap can – and should – be addressed in the final Policy, progress is likely to be frustrated by a lack of legislated targets for renewable energy or emissions reduction in NSW. For more, see our July 2016 report Planning for climate change: how the NSW planning system can better tackle greenhouse gas emissions.