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Offshore wind energy is part of Victoria’s switch to renewables and is vital to our clean energy transition.

New transmission will be critical to connect the energy generated from offshore wind to our existing grid.

Offshore Wind Implementation Statements

The Offshore Wind Implementation Statement 2 outlines our plans for establishing Victoria’s offshore wind industry.

VicGrid is leading a coordinated approach to transmission infrastructure development for offshore wind generation in Gippsland and Portland.

This will:

  • Reduce the number of transmission line developments that connect offshore wind, avoiding transmission lines criss-crossing the landscape.
  • Ensure local communities, Traditional Owners and industry stakeholders are engaged.
  • Reduce confusion for landholders, local communities and stakeholders who are being engaged by multiple developers about transmission.

How will VicGrid coordinate transmission development?

New shared transmission network

VicGrid is leading the development of new shared transmission network infrastructure in Gippsland and Portland, including connection point(s) for the offshore wind generators and the development of necessary transmission lines to connect to the current shared transmission network.

Increase engagement

VicGrid is undertaking a comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement program to ensure local values, priorities and concerns are actively considered in the development of new offshore wind connections.

Partner with Traditional Owners

An important part of our work is to continue to strengthen our relationships and partnerships with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (majority of Gippsland coastline), Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (Portland coastline) and broader First Peoples communities.

This is our commitment in enabling self-determination and the transfer of power and resources to Traditional Owners and First Peoples of Victoria. This process is ongoing.

Throughout 2023, we are progressing from early planning into detailed investigations and ongoing local engagement to identify potential transmission corridors and preferred options for connection points for offshore wind generators.

How to find more information

Visit Engage Victoria to learn more about the process.

Offshore wind developers and industry participants can find out more about access arrangements and the Government’s expectations of developers on our industry page.

Page last updated: 17/11/23