March 5 (Renewables Now) - Power line projects in the Australian state of Victoria will now need planning permits to proceed to construction as the Andrews Labor government has made changes to state planning rules.
Up until now, a permit was not needed when it came to building power lines that operate at less than 220,000 V in Victoria.
Projects involving the construction of power lines to connect new wind or solar plants will now go through a thorough and transparent planning assessment process that also takes into consideration the views of the community with regard to power line routes.
“There has been considerable growth in renewable energy across Victoria so we’re making sure the planning processes are in place to ensure new developments are safe, well thought out and respect the needs of nearby communities,” said Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.
The changes to the rules only concern new planning permit applications for electricity generators, the announcement says.
The state of Victoria targets reaching a 50% renewables share by 2030.