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NSW govt scheme encourages clean energy

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

The NSW government will address delays in wind energy projects as part of a new scheme to encourage opportunities to harness clean energy.

The new framework announced on Monday is designed to help local communities engage earlier and more effectively with wind energy projects, a government statement said.

It will provide clear industry guidance and establish processes to help nip potential issues in the bud.

On average, delays in project assessments have taken more than 1000 days to be determined.

Minister for Planning Rob Stokes said it will also help job growth in regional areas.

"Energy projects are a really important way to boost regional jobs and investment, but we also need to careful manage impacts on nearby residents," he said in a statement.

Clean Energy Council Director Alicia Webb said the government had developed a deeper understanding of the issues at play and had a much more sophisticated approach compared to the beginning of the decade.

"While there are some elements of the guidelines ... that are not consistent with approaches adopted across other states of Australia, it is important these guidelines are finalised after being in draft form for five years.

"This is good news for regional economies and job creation in rural communities, particularly while wind farms are being constructed."

The framework, which has been finalised, was first released to the public in August as well as extensive consultation with community, industry and environment groups, councils, other states and the National Wind Farm Commissioner.

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