Energy projects with potential adverse environmental effects that could be significant in a regional or State context will require an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
The EES process is not an approval process itself, rather it enables the Minister for Planning to make decisions about whether an energy generation project with potentially significant environmental effects should proceed.
If the Minister for Planning decides that an EES is required, the project proponent is responsible for preparing the EES and undertaking the necessary investigations.
Once the EES is completed and released for public comment, the Minister provides an Assessment. This assessment is taken into account while determining the outcome of the planning permit application.
The Impact Assessment Unit in the Department of Transport and Planning coordinates (DTP) coordinates the EES process, implementing the Ministerial Guidelines for Assessment of Environmental Effects
As a part of this process DTP establishes a Technical Advisory Group to advise on the development and assessment of the EES. Council is routinely invited to take part in the Technical Advisory Group to provide relevant local information and highlight environmental concerns.
More details about the EES process can be found on the DTP website