Planning Minister Rob Stokes visited the New England before Christmas to announce a new wind energy framework alongside Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
The new framework is designed to help local communities, like Glen Innes engage earlier and more effectively with wind energy projects planned for the area.
It was also address delays in assessments for new projects, which on average have taken more than 1000 days to be determined.
“In relation to projects in the pipeline this will make it easier and speed up timelines as well,” Mr Stokes said.
“By bringing down assessment time frames, that will make it better for everybody and it also ensures that the community participation happens right at the beginning of the process.”
Mr Marshall said wind energy was an important part of our future energy mix, and projects needed a robust and effective planning process.
“The framework will provide greater clarity, consistency and transparency for industry and community.”