The New England Region is projected to become one of the largest generators of renewable energy in Australia over the next ten years with the development of the New England Renewable Energy Zone (REZ). As the development prospers, Council has established a Renewable Energy Policy to shape and optimise development outcomes and the community’s desire for the region to lead a zero emissions future.
Armidale Regional Council and surrounding Local Government Areas are key stakeholders in the development of the New England REZ, with more than $13 billion to be invested across the region.
As the region positions itself as a leader in the renewable energy sector, as a consequence of a proposal which emanated from a Mayoral Minute early in 2021, Council identified the urgency to develop a policy that provides guidelines for implementation of the REZ and drive responsible development and operation of investments.
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said the Policy will enable Council to be at the forefront of decision making, from the earliest design concepts through to long-term operation and management of projects.