AGL updates the community on Coopers Gap Wind Farm
AGL hosted a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting in Bell, with over 50 people attending, all interested to hear about the latest progress on the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm in southern Queensland.
Coopers Gap is AGL Energy’s foremost renewable energy project in Queensland. If the project proceeds to construction, it’s hoped that it would be financed through AGL’s Powering Australian Renewables Fund, announced earlier this year.
In the meeting, AGL provided further information about the Coopers Gap Wind Farm being a Declared Project by the Office of the Coordinator General, Queensland. Declared projects are projects that the government considers to be of state social, economic or environmental significance.
“The advantage of the Coordinator General process is that it is considered a rigorous approval process, while being independent of ministerial decisions.” said Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Neil Cooke.
Currently, the Office of the Coordinator General has the Terms of Reference on public exhibition, providing opportunity for the public to make submissions on how they would like the Terms of Reference to be set (TOR). The TOR will be used to set the guidelines for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS then goes on public exhibition for further feedback.
Discussions at the meeting also included planning a visit for local community members to AGL’s existing wind farms in Victoria, to get a first hand experience of what a working wind farm is really like.
“It was pleasing to see such a large turn out at the meeting yesterday with much lively discussion, demonstrating the community’s interest in these large scale renewable energy projects in their area” said Community & Stakeholder Manager, Helena Orel.
· The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have a capacity of up to 350 MW.
· It would produce approximately 1,100 GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 190,000 average Australian homes.
· The renewable energy produced would reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 860,000 tonnes annually, which is the equivalent of taking over 250,000 cars off the road each year.