Authorised Network Operators
The Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2015 refers to privately managed network businesses, including TransGrid, as Authorised Network Operators (ANOs). The NSW Government allows ANOs to assess and self-determine proposed activities that are not likely to significantly affect the environment, for the purposes of section 111A of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
NSW Code of Practice for Authorised Network Operators
We follow the NSW Code of Practice for Authorised Network Operators when carrying out environmental assessments under Part 5 of the EP&A Act. This requires us to publish a Consultation Protocol outlining how we conduct environmental impact assessments for Class 4 and 5 Activities (as defined in the Code). At TransGrid, we refer to these environmental impact assessments as a Review of Environmental Factors (REF).
This protocol provides a tailored approach to consultation when preparing REFs and includes consultation with members of the public; the Secretary of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; and government authorities.
Visit our current projects page to learn about environmental assessments for specific projects.