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Planning for renewable energy transformation

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The Victorian Government is putting the planning mechanisms in place to ensure Victoria’s rapid uptake of large-scale renewable energy is well-planned and receptive to the needs of the local community.

Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has made changes to state planning rules to ensure planning permits will now be required for the power lines that connect new large-scale electricity generators to the energy network.

Prior to this change there was no requirement for a planning permit to build power lines that operate at less than 220,000 volts.

Concerns were also raised that there was no public involvement in the process for deciding power line routes, and that development of power lines was occurring in an unregulated manner.

The change means where new power lines are required to connect a wind or solar farm into the grid they will go through a thorough and transparent planning assessment process to ensure the views of the community are heard and potential impacts are mitigated.

These changes bring Victorian regulation into line with other states and will only apply to new planning permit applications for electricity generators not retrospectively to existing planning permits.

The Government is getting on with transitioning Victoria to a clean energy future, with record investment creating thousands of jobs and a healthier environment.

Source: Vic Government

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