Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act draft bill

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What is being decided?

South Australia’s renewable energy sector is growing rapidly and there is tremendous potential for the state to become a global leader in renewable energy production and supply, delivering benefit to all South Australians.

With our abundant renewable resources, South Australia is well-positioned to capitalise on the local and international shift towards clean, renewable fuel sources.

There is a significant amount of interest in establishing renewable energy projects on freehold land across the state, as well as on government-owned pastoral lands and state waters, which are co-owned by Native Title groups.

For South Australia to develop a sustainable industry that provides the best outcomes for communities, respects Native Title and delivers net environmental benefit, we need a fit-for purpose regulatory framework in place.

The proposed Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act aims to introduce a ‘one window to government’ licencing and regulatory system for the lifecycle of large-scale hydrogen and renewable energy projects in South Australia.

Under the proposed Act:

  • Government owned land and waters where renewable energy projects can be hosted will be identified by the South Australian Government
  • Companies will compete for licences to access government owned land and waters to deliver these projects
  • New, fit for purpose licensing arrangements will be established for projects across all land types, enabling regulation of the whole project life cycle
  • First Nations people’s rights and interests will be considered early and throughout the regulatory processes
  • A framework will ensure that developments are delivered with net environmental benefit
  • Requirements will be put in place to ensure land is rehabilitated and returned to pre-existing conditions; and
  • Multiple land use provisions will be sought to deliver fair outcomes for landowners, communities and other pre-existing land rights holders.

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Key information

The draft Bill has been developed following feedback from a previous consultation regarding the Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Issues Paper.

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Have your say

You can have your say via the South Australian government YourSAy website:

The consultation period closes on Monday 26 June 2023.

Information about the proposed Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act can still be found on yoursay.sa.gov.au/hre-act

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Next steps

Feedback will be considered and will be used to inform a Bill that will be introduced to Parliament later in 2023.

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Contact us

Email DEM.legislation@sa.gov.au if you have a question about the proposed legislation.

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