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Tassie launches consultations on first REZ

The State Government of Tasmania has launched consultations on its proposed first Renewable Energy Zone in the area south of Burnie.

Nick Duigan, Tasmania’s Minister for Energy and Renewables, said the location will open the door to new renewable generation projects, creating jobs and economic benefits for regional communities.

“Launching the consultation is the next step in delivering Tasmania’s first Renewable Energy Zone, and it is a key part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future,” Duigan said.

“The location of the proposed REZ south of Burnie is the result of 18 months of analysis and engagement with the North West community.”

REZs are areas with high-quality renewable resources like wind and solar, enabling efficient coordination of investment, development and transmission infrastructure.

The government will work with TasNetworks to progress new transmission lines between Burnie and Hampshire Hills to support projects in the region.

Duigan said Tasmania’s North West has world-class wind resources, space and infrastructure made it ideal for the state’s first REZ. The government will underwrite transmission between the two locations.

Consultation on the proposed REZ boundary and an associated community benefits scheme will occur over the next six weeks, with a market offering for proponents to follow soon after.

The REZ forms part of the government’s 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, aimed at fostering renewable generation in suitable areas while minimising infrastructure needs. It could also attract industrial energy users.

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