Wind turbines located at spaces along a ridge, similar to the proposed development at Coopers Gap (Photo: AGL)

August 25, 2016

AGL Energy announced on Thursday that it has submitted a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Coopers Gap Wind Farm project 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 a Community Consultative Committee meeting at the Cooranga North Memorial Hall on Thursday, August 25 ahead of the OCG placing it on public exhibition, which we expect to be in mid-September,” Mr Cooke said.

“The EIS is another opportunity for the community to provide their input to the project.”

AGL will also be holding 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.

“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,” Mr Cooke said.

“Other factors to consider include the results of the tender, the final scope of the project, further development activities, and financing arrangements.”

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 carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 860,000 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road.

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