RDA Illawarra has given qualified support for the development of an Illawarra Offshore Wind Zone but recognises that several key considerations need to be addressed to gain unreserved support:

  • Environmental impact
  • Social impact and benefit
  • Feasibility of technology
  • Regulatory environment 

In its submission to the Offshore Wind consultation process, RDA Illawarra acknowledged that offshore wind can generate the power required to replace end-of-life coal-fired power stations by 2035; deliver a reliable power supply in the required timeframe; and help to decarbonise the future regional economy.

However, as a newly regulated industry there are issues that need to be transparently resolved and RDA Illawarra believes that the fifteen recommendations made in its submission will enhance community engagement, acceptance and ease implementation.

Read our full submission here.