On 6 December 2022, the State Government announced a $22.5 million investment to reduce approval times for job-creating green energy projects. The Initiative is key to the diversification and decarbonisation of Western Australian industries.
The Initiative requires State Government agencies Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI), Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Department of Mining, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) to work together to develop more streamlined assessment pathways and fit-for-purpose support for proponents.
Green energy projects included in this whole-of-government initiative will include conventional wind, solar and wave power generators; hydrogen industries; lithium mining; critical minerals processing and construction or manufacturing of green energy products such as batteries, electrolysers, solar panels and turbines.
The Green Energy Approvals Initiative will drive delivery of green energy solutions for WA, underscoring the State Government’s commitment to net zero by 2050.
The Green Energy Projects Group, within JTSI, is the first point of contact for all green energy proponents and investors. This group will provide lead agency cross-government project facilitation for green energy projects.
The Council of Regulators will oversee the Green Energy Approvals Initiative, facilitating collaboration across agencies and informing government of its progress. The Initiative began operations on 1 July 2023.
Green Energy Approvals Initiative
For investors and proponents:
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Level 11, 1 William Street
Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 08 6277 3000
For investors seeking opportunities in green energy please go to WA Investments.
For general inquiries:
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Locked Bag 10 Joondalup DC
JOONDALUP WA 6919
Telephone: 08 6364 7000