The SA/NSW Interconnector development has reached a major planning milestone, with public consultation on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) opening today.
This will allow South Australians to explore the economic, social and environmental impacts of the project, which is expected to slash an average of $100 off household power bills.
Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said residents will have more than 30 business days to view the EIS and make a submission.
“This is a big step forward for a project that will make a real difference in the lives of South Australians,” Minister Chapman said.
“Last week the project entered the final stage of the market regulatory approval process, its final costings have been lodged, now those living along its path will be able to have their say on how the project is implemented.
“The EIS will be available online, free of charge, or for hard copy viewing at certain locations,” she said.
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the project will spark a jobs boom in renewable energy projects in South Australia.
“The SA-NSW Interconnector will become a freeway for South Australia’s renewable energy producers to the massive New South Wales market and play a significant role in reducing emissions,” said Minister Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has deemed the 330kV interconnector, which will be built by ElectraNet and Transgrid between Robertstown and Wagga Wagga, as a “no-regrets” measure and a priority project in the national transmission plan.
“The Marshall Government has invested $70 million in early works to ensure this vital electricity project is delivered as soon as possible,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.
“It’s worth remembering that State Labor first promised to build this interconnector in 2002, but dropped it in the ‘too-hard’ basket.
“The current State Labor Party has fought tooth and nail against the proposal since the Marshall Liberal Opposition announced our policy in 2016.
“The Australian energy landscape will be completely transformed during coming decades and the lesson of the recent past is that we need to take actions ahead of time to secure the best outcome for consumers,” he said.
When it comes to planning, the project is being assessed as a Major Development.
There will be two public information sessions during the EIS consultation period, at Morgan and Renmark.
Following the conclusion of the public consultation and response by the proponent to any submissions received, an assessment report will be prepared and approved by the independent State Planning Commission, before it is put to the Minister for decision.
Further details are available on the PlanSA website.
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