AGL still committed to building South Burnett wind farm

ENERGY company AGL maintains it is still committed to the development of a wind farm in the South Burnett.

New Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager Neil Cooke said AGL had progressed a revised Initial Assessment Report for the Cooranga North proposal.

"Coopers Gap Wind Farm remains AGL's foremost renewable energy project in Queensland with a high quality wind resource and possibly the highest average wind speeds in the state. However, there is still a long way to go before a decision can be made on whether the project proceeds. The IAR is an important first step," Mr Cooke said.

The company outlined what the report involves during a local Community Consultative Committee meeting held today at the Cooranga North Memorial Hall.

"The political and economic environment has changed dramatically in recent times, especially around climate change," Mr Cooke said.

"With this in mind AGL is submitting a revised IAR to the Queensland Department of Planning and Environment.

"We expect to have our revised IAR ready for submission within the next few months. A public submissions period would follow this. AGL would then address submissions and prepare a Revised Assessment Report."

The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is initially proposed to have a capacity of up to 350 MW, which would produce approximately 1100 GWh of renewable energy.

It would power more than 190,000 average Australian homes.

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