Question Number: 69 PDR Number: SQ22-000199 Date Submitted: 07/11/2022 Department or Body: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)’s 2022 Integrated System Plan (ISP) is a comprehensive roadmap for the National Electricity Market (NEM) out to 2050. Under the step change scenario in the ISP renewables will make up 83 per cent of NEM energy by 2030-31. The ISP does not include Western Australia or the Northern Territory which are not part of the NEM. The ISP sets out the transmission needed under the optimal development path including committed projects, actionable projects and future projects. This includes several transmission projects in the NEM expected to be commissioned by 2030. Transport Network Service Providers (TNSPs) and state governments are responsible for delivery of transmission projects and they therefore lead community engagement and planning, environmental and landholder approvals. All transmission projects are subject to a number of regulatory approval stages, including the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T). The following table provides a summary of the status of major regulatory and environmental approvals, and community engagement for committed and actionable projects in the 2022 ISP which are expected to be in delivered by 2030. (See table). The ISP also includes Future projects which are identified to commence detailed design including early community engagement. Future ISP projects expected to be delivered by 2030 include: Central to Southern Queensland stage 1, Darling Downs Renewable Energy Zone Expansion stage 1, and South East South Australia Renewable Energy Zone Expansion stage 1. In recognition of the substantial amount of new transmission that will need to be delivered by 2050, the Government has committed to working with the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner and state and territory governments on social licence initiatives under the National Energy Transformation Partnership.