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Renewable Energy in the Central West Forum • On-Demand Playback

Exploring the Central West’s renewables transformation and what this means for the future of the region.

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overview

“Plans to open up the Central West of NSW to more renewable energy have generated overwhelming investor interest – topping $38 billion, or nine times the government’s available capacity… [and has] drawn proposals for 27,000MW in so-called 113 registrations of interest, the Berejiklian government said…

The projects in the Central West are expected to bring 450 construction jobs to the region and generate enough electricity to power 1.3 million homes when completed.” – Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June 2020

Informa Australia is delighted to be hosting the Renewable Energy in the Central West Forum as a virtually delivered event on the 15th September via a live stream and interactive meeting rooms. This event will explore the Central West’s renewables transformation and what this means for the future of the region.

In order to ensure reliable and affordable energy supply for energy consumers across the state, the NSW Government are planning to invest in the creation of Renewable Energy Zones to help unlock a significant pipeline of large-scale renewable energy and storage projects while supporting private sector investment in NSW’s regions, the first of which will be located in the Central West – The Central-West Orana REZ.

With the help of the State Government investment the Central West is predicted to attract 3,000MW of investment in wind and solar projects to replace ageing coal-fired power stations, transforming the region and bringing investment into the local community.

Join us to explore the Central West’s renewable energy journey.

Topics include:

  • An update on the development of the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone
  • Case studies on the proposed renewable projects
  • Policy landscape
  • Community engagement and social license
  • Technology outlook
  • Transmission

In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the Renewable Energy in the Central West Forum will be delivered as a virtual event. You will still have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts, unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers including the ability to directly ask questions and engage virtually all from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace.

Rest assured, Informa is evolving & adapting with the times – and will be delivering premium content, networking and business development opportunities for Australia’s renewable energy industry in the months ahead to ensure you can stay connected.

agenda

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sally Torgoman, Managing Director – Energy, PwC Australia

9:35 am

STATE KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The Central West’s renewable energy transformation - video address

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government

9:45 am

LOCAL COUNCIL ADDRESS | The potential impact of renewables on the Orange region

Councillor Reg Kidd, Mayor, Orange City Council

10:05 am

The Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone

Chloe Hicks, Director, Energy Infrastructure and Zones, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

James Hay, Deputy Secretary, Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

10:25 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

ARENA's role and support for Renewable Energy Zones

Dan Sturrock, Director Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

11:10 am

  • Key investment considerations
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • CEFC’s role in supporting REZs

11:30 am

The need for Renewable Energy Zones

Professor Andrew Blakers, Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems

11:50 am

The need for community engagement and social license

James Jackson, President, NSW Farmers Association

12:10 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:10 pm

The Orange Community Renewable Energy Park: How the community benefit from this transition in the electricity system.

1:30 pm

The role of large scale batteries in renewable energy zones

Garth Heron, Head of Development Australia, Neoen

1:50 pm

  • Consider the history of renewable generation in NSW
  • The process and approach to successful connection applications
  • The future outlook across Essential Energy’s network

2:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break

2:40 pm

  • ITP is developing a number of town scale renewable energy projects through out NSW including a number in the Central West Zone
  • These projects are sized to match the power requirements of the local community and often provided greater than 70% of the annual energy needs of the town
  • Individual projects are in the range of 5MW to 20MW, and are connected to the local distribution network
  • Increased community engagement and ownership is key to success

3:00 pm

  • Project development status
  • History and context
  • Environmental assessment process
  • Consultation process

3:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

pricing

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speakers

Sally Torgoman

Managing Director – Energy, PwC Australia

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP

Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government

Councillor Reg Kidd

Mayor, Orange City Council

Chloe Hicks

Director, Energy Infrastructure and Zones, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

James Hay

Deputy Secretary, Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

Dan Sturrock

Director Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Bobby Vidakovic

Director - Clean Futures Team, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Professor Andrew Blakers

Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems

James Jackson

President, NSW Farmers Association

Kate Hook

Chair, Energy Democracy Central West New South Wales Co-operative

Garth Heron

Head of Development Australia, Neoen

David Salisbury

Executive Manager, Engineering, Essential Energy

Simon Franklin

Managing Director, ITP Renewables

Matthew Flower

Development Manager, CWP Renewables Pty Ltd

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when & where

15 Sep 2030

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