New energy in the Hunter
The Hunter has long been the energy capital of NSW. As existing power stations age, the region is well placed to continue this long tradition through adopting new clean technologies suitable for the energy future. This will ensure ongoing jobs and economic benefits from the sector.
Epuron is exploring an area east of Muswellbrook that we believe has a good chance of being suitable for a wind farm. This is because:
- there is a good wind resource – we are currently conducting wind monitoring to confirm this and to identify the most prospective locations
- the area has extensive existing high voltage transmission lines suitable for connection
- new generation will be required to replace the electricity currently produced by the retiring Liddell Power Station – this project could contribute to that requirement.
At this stage the potential scale of the project is not clear. If the monitoring and testing confirms there is a wind resource suitable for a wind farm and agreements can be reached with the landowners, Epuron would request a Development Application from the NSW Department of Planning as the project would likely be considered a State Significant Development (SSD).