Doughboy Wind Farm
The project area for the proposed Doughboy Wind Farm is approximately 50 km east of Armidale in the New England region of NSW.
It is within the NSW Government's New England Renewable Energy Zone, an area identified as optimal for new renewable energy projects due to the natural resources and proximity to existing or planned network infrastructure.
The proposal involves up to 55 wind turbines with an output capacity of about 340 megawatts, and would connect to the existing 330 kV powerline that traverses the southern end of the site.
Wind monitoring over the past few years has confirmed the site has an excellent wind resource and preliminary assessment work has been undertaken for a development application.
Ark Energy has lodged a Scoping Report with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and been issued with Planning Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) outlining the assessment requirements for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Documentation for the application is available from the Doughboy Wind Farm page in the NSW Government's Major Projects Portal.
The Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) has also determined the proposal to be a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), so it will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before it can proceed. This will be done by the DPE under the bilateral agreement. The project’s EPBC referral documentation is available from the EPBC Act Public Portal (Ref 2021/8905).