AGL continues to progress Coopers Gap Wind Farm
Thursday, 25 August 2016
AGL Energy Limited (AGL) remains committed to the Coopers Gap Wind Farm project in southern Queensland having recently submitted a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Office of the Co-ordinator General (OCG).
AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Neil Cooke, said submitting the EIS is another step forward for the project.
“We will discuss the EIS at the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting on Thursday 25 August ahead of the OCG placing it on public exhibition, which we expect to be in mid-September. The EIS is another opportunity for the community to provide their input to the project.
Also, we will have drop-in sessions during September and October at various regional locations so community members can stay up-to-date on progress as well as ask questions about the project.
“However, while we still have some time to go before a final decision is made on whether the project proceeds to construction, we are confident all the right steps are being taken. Other factors to consider include the results of the tender, the final scope of the project, further development activities, and financing arrangements,” Mr Cooke said.
Local residents are invited to attend the next Coopers Gap Wind Farm CCC meeting on Thursday 25 August, from 1pm to 3pm at the Cooranga North Memorial Hall, Cooranga North.
The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have approximately 100 turbines, which would produce around 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.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.