About the project

We are in the planning phase to install a new 20MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The proposed battery will co-locate alongside the existing Hume hydro power station (HPS), at the Hume Dam located approximately 20km upstream of Albury-Wodonga.

The Hume BESS proposal is the first battery and hydro co-located project in Australia that utilises world leading battery storage technology that will provide firm dispatchable capacity for the electricity grid whilst adding a world class asset to our existing renewable energy portfolio.



Project Description

The Hume hydro power station was first commissioned in 1957. This project provides a unique opportunity to utilise innovative technology to secure energy supply across the grid.

The Hume hydro power station has restrictions on the amount of water it can discharge to generate energy. A new battery will be able to charge from the power station during times of low demand and supply the energy market during peak periods.

Batteries are an energy storage technology that utilise lithium-ion to absorb and release energy on demand.

The electricity will be transferred to NSW (via Albury) and to Victoria (via Wodonga) utilising existing transmission lines. The battery will be connected to the existing substation via underground cables.

This project is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide a valuable source of dispatchable generation bringing the Hume hydro power station into the 21st century future proofing it for generations to come.

Community Consultation

Community consultation started in June 2020 with local businesses and residents.

The project EIS was on public display from 13 August to 10 September 2020. Submissions to the EIS were received and have been addressed in the Response to Submissions Report. The Report can be found at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website, available via this link.

On 5 February 2021, the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, and Minister for Energy and the Environment, Matt Kean, announced the project had received Development Consent. The project’s Development Consent has been provided subject to a range of conditions which Meridian must comply with in the development of the project. The Development Consent and Notice of decision can be found at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website, available via this link.

We’ll keep the surrounding community and businesses informed as the project progresses.


Environmental Assessment

The project meets the criteria as State Significant Development (SSD) and will follow the SSD planning pathway.

The project is currently in the assessment stage with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. This has included a review of the projects Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEAR’s has outlined the matters to be assessed in the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS was on public display from 13 August to 10 September 2020. Submissions to the EIS were received and have been addressed in the Response to Submissions Report. The Report can be found at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website, available via this link.

On 5 February 2021, the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, and Minister for Energy and the Environment, Matt Kean, announced the project had received Development Consent. The project’s Development Consent has been provided subject to a range of conditions which Meridian must comply with in the development of the project. This includes a range of environmental management conditions which are detailed in the Development Consent. The Development Consent can be found at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website, available via this link.

Next steps
We continue to plan for construction, including any steps necessary to comply with the approval conditions stipulated in the Development Consent. At this stage it is anticipated construction would start late 2021.

Project Documentation

Project documentation will be updated as the project progresses. Check back here for updates in the future.


Notice of decision link.

Development Consent link.

Response to Submissions Report link.


Environmental impact statement document downloads:

Environmental Impact Statement – Main Report.pdf (14.6 MB)

Appendix A – Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements.pdf (198 KB)

Appendix B – Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements Compliance.pdf (137 KB)

Appendix C – Design Plans.pdf (3.5 MB)

Appendix D – Biodiversity Devlopment Assessment Report.pdf (4.4 MB)

Appendix E – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment.pdf (16.1 MB)

Appendix F – Statement of Heritage Impact.pdf (3.4 MB)

Appendix G – Visual Impact Assessment.pdf (4.3 MB)

Appendix H – Noise and Vibration Assessment.pdf (787 KB)

Appendix I – Transport Assessment.pdf (4.9 MB)



Project approval


Contact information

Please sign up to updates for further information as the project progresses through the assessment, design and development stages.

Phone: 1800 718 459
Email: humebessenquiries@meridianenergy.com.au
Post: PO Box 1639, Melbourne VIC 3001

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