Harnessing our renewable energy
Some places are better suited to renewable energy production than others. This is due to weather patterns, existing land uses, proximity to grid infrastructure, or a combination of these factors.
Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) were introduced by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in its 2018 Integrated System Plan (ISP) to help identify such places. REZs are described as ‘“high renewable resource areas” within the National Electricity Market (the NEM), standing out for their potential to deliver additional energy and support the transition away from coal-fired generation.
In the AEMO’s 2020 ISP, three REZs were identified in Tasmania: in the North West, North East and Midlands. These locations benefit from existing energy resources such as hydro and wind, and have established grid infrastructure close by.
While the development of REZs is all about capitalising on economies of scale and unlocking new energy at a lower cost, the development of Tasmanian REZs will be complex and may take many years.
We are committed to community consultation as part of the design process and taking the time to get it right to give communities confidence in the decision-making process and maximise the benefits from large-scale renewable projects in their area.