Hume North BESS

A proposed sustainable energy storage system near Albury, New South Wales

Location: Lake Hume Village, NSW
Development Progress: Planning and approval
Power Network: Transgrid

About the project

Foresight Group is proposing to develop a new battery energy storage system (BESS) near Lake Hume Village, 13 kilometres from Albury and close to the border between New South Wales and Victoria.

The proposed Hume North BESS would deliver a significant renewable generation capability for the region, boost the local economy, reduce energy prices and contribute towards securing Australia’s future energy supply.

The Hume North BESS would have a capacity of up to 74 megawatts (MW) with two hours of storage (74MW / 148MWh). A direct 132kV connection via underground or overhead cabling would connect the proposed BESS to Transgrid’s transmission line on the Albury to Hume Power Station line.

Planning approval for a smaller BESS nearby was granted in 2020. If the application for the proposed 74MW / 148MWh BESS is approved, the existing approval for the smaller BESS would be surrendered. Only one BESS will be built in the area.

The Hume North BESS would support the Australian and New South Wales Governments commitment to increasing the use of clean, reliable energy to secure future energy supply across the country. It would also support Foresight’s goal to bring clean, reliable energy to the Australian energy market through investing in innovate battery technology.

We are committed to consulting the local community, visitors to the area, other stakeholders, and Government agencies, inviting feedback at each stage of the planning process and prior to submitting a planning application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The indicative planning timeline and community consultation periods include:

  • Mid 2023 – Write to neighbouring landowners
  • Late 2023 – Scoping report published
  • Late 2023 / Early 2024 – Meet with the community and key stakeholders, to share information and gather feedback that will inform the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • Mid 2024 – EIS published
  • Mid 2024 – Receipt of formal submissions by stakeholders and the community
  • Mid 2024 – Response to Submissions Report published, sharing responses to submissions from the community and stakeholders
  • Late 2024 – Anticipated project approval
  • Early 2025 – Construction underway
  • Late 2025 – Hume North BESS operational

The timings provided are indicative only, and subject to change during the planning application.

The Scoping Report, EIS and Response to Submissions Report will be published on NSW Government’s Major Projects website.

Community Information Sessions about development of Hume North BESS were held on May 15th at Lake Hume Resort and on May 22nd online, where the following materials were presented:

Hume North Bess Foresight Factsheets - 15 May 2024

Hume North Bess Foresight Virtual Community Information Session – 22 May 2024

Location Map

Planning Application


Foresight wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which the proposed Hume North BESS is located, the Wiradjuri Nation, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.

Contact us for more information or if you have any questions.