Bowmans Creek Wind Farm Update
EIS to be lodged soon
Studies for the Bowmans Creek Wind Farm Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) have been completed and the project team has been consulting with key stakeholders to further refine the design of the project.
Once the final design for the development application (DA) is confirmed Epuron will lodge the EIS with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), and the DPIE will review it and put it on exhibition for public submissions.
As soon as the public exhibition period for the EIS has been set a project update will be issued with details for how to access the EIS and a local information session.
Based on findings from specialist studies and extensive community consultation the initial proposed layout for the project has been redesigned and reduced from 72 to 60 turbines. For a map of the new layout see the Location page.
Hunter region key for renewables
The Hunter region is an important source of energy generation for NSW and the NSW Government is committed to transforming it into a renewable energy hub as part of its plans to transition the state’s grid from coal to renewables.
In November 2020 the NSW Government passed the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill, supporting its Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap for the state’s clean energy transition, identifying the Hunter-Central Coast region as one of the state’s key Renewable Energy Zones.
The plan aims to attract $32 billion in investment from the private sector and create 9,000 jobs to deliver 12 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable capacity by 2030 and put NSW in the top 10 for the lowest industrial electricity prices in the OECD.