A new renewable energy zone for the New England region aims to attract 8000 megawatts of generation capacity, nearly the size of the state’s entire fleet of coal-fired power plants. On Friday, the Berejiklian government will unveil plans for NSW’s second renewable energy zone (REZ), including an investment target almost triple the 3000MW earmarked for its first zone in the Central West. Energy Minister Matt Kean (left), with Deputy Premier John Barilaro at a solar farm near Dubbo in late June. Another big renewable energy zone will be launched on Friday, this time for the north-east of the state.Credit:Janie Barrett Energy Minister Matt Kean said the "astounding" level of interest in the Central West precinct – with registrations of interest running nine times the earmarked capacity – meant it made "absolute sense" to go larger again in the north-east zone. “The New England REZ will be able to power 3.5 million homes and, when coupled with Central-West Orana REZ, sets the state up to become the number one destination across Australia for renewable energy investment,” Mr Kean said, adding it also marked the biggest commitment to clean energy in NSW history. The government will spend $79 million to assist […]

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