EnergyConnect is a new 900km electricity transmission line that will lower power bills for homes and businesses and create 1500 new jobs, mostly across regional NSW.
Our communities need affordable, reliable and clean electricity.
This project will lower electricity bills by allowing the free flow of electricity between New South Wales and South Australia for the first time in history.
The new transmission line will link New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. TransGrid is delivering the NSW section.
Construction will create about 800 jobs, and a further indirect 700 jobs during the course of the project. It will provide new opportunities for a wide range of businesses, and deliver around $4 billion in economic benefits to NSW, much of it to regional communities.
The line will run from Wagga Wagga in NSW to Robertstown in SA, with a connection to Red Cliffs, in Victoria.
Why is the project needed?
The Australian energy landscape is transforming with an increased focus on renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. At the same time, consumers are demanding lower power bills, without reducing reliability.
The new transmission line supports jobs in industries where reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity is essential to doing business.
EnergyConnect is a key element of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan and the New South Wales Government has declared it Critical State Significant Infrastructure.
What is happening now?
EnergyConnect is in the last stage of the regulatory process and a decision is expected soon.
The final Contingent Project Application (CPA) has been submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator.
The EIS for the NSW-Western Section has been completed and is available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Major Projects Planning Portal. The Department accepted submissions regarding the EIS until 10 December. TransGrid is now preparing a response to submissions received.
To support community engagement, TransGrid has developed a Community Guide to the EIS.