AGL Energy Limited (AGL) is continuing to progress the Coopers Gap Wind Farm in Southern Queensland and is now in the process of finalising the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
AGL Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Evan Carless, said the public exhibition period for the EIS closed on 7 November and AGL is currently reviewing submissions.
“We received 24 submissions in total, including a number from government agencies and the community. Some of the areas addressed noise and potential economic benefits.
“Now we will review and update the EIS to address submissions where required, with a view to submitting the final EIS to the Office of the Coordinator General (OCG) by the end of the year.
“From here the OCG will use our final EIS to prepare its report, which will enable a final determination. This is be expected early next year.
“While we still have some time to go before a final decision is made on progressing the project to construction, finalising the EIS is another positive step forward for the project,” Mr Carless said.
Local residents are invited to attend the next Coopers Gap Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee meeting on Thursday 24 November, from 4pm-6pm at the Cooranga North Memorial Hall, Cooranga North.
The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have around 400 MW, 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.