AGL says EIS accepted for 400-MW wind project

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Feb 15 (Renewables Now) - The Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) has accepted the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coopers Gap wind farm as final, AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL) said last week.  

The Australian energy company is developing the project with a proposed capacity of 400 MW between Dalby and Kingaroy in Queensland. Evan Carless, who is in charge of the project, described the acceptance of the EIS as a very encouraging milestone.

"There is still a way to go, but having the OCG accept our EIS, which took into consideration noise and potential economic benefits, is another step forward for the project," he said.

The OCG will now evaluate the EIS and is expected to provide a final determination in March 2017.

The plan is the Coopers Gap wind farm to be offered to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund, which aims to develop 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

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