Draft report released on future energy needs of NSW mid-north coast

A draft report detailing the future energy needs of the New South Wales mid-north coast has been released by the state government.

Community members and stakeholders will be able to have their say on the report for the next six weeks, as it talks about what is most crucial for the region.

Issues raised include demand for energy into the future, the ability for the electricity suppliers to deliver the required supply, ways to reduce peak demand and the potential for generating gas locally.

Stephen Bromhead, the member for Myall Lakes, said it's important that there be a comprehensive discussion of the region's future needs.

He commented: "This process is about making sure our community’s views are heard in the development of new solutions to support our growing region.

"It’s about getting the mix right to keep the lights on and businesses running."

NSW energy minister Chris Hartcher said that following the public comment phase, submissions from interested parties would be accepted so that the direction for the mid north coast's energy needs would be more clearly laid out.

Comment from the public is open until February 15, with the review available for viewing at http://www.trade.nsw.gov.au/energy/info/mncr.

Posted by Charlie Moore