Alternative energy

There are great opportunities to use wind, hydro, tides and waves to generate electricity on the Central Coast.

However, our geography also presents some challenges. The biggest hurdles include long distances to the transmission grid and difficulty in accessing high potential areas.

While often promoted as a green alternative to conventional energy generation, wind, hydro, tidal and wave energy have potential for negative social and environmental impacts. Despite the potential impacts, Central Coast First Nations believe that the alternative energy sector can be developed and managed in a sustainable manner, which maintains the natural environment for future generations.

Any alternative energy developments in our territories must be accompanied with an Impact-Benefit Agreement with the Nation, which ensures sustainable development and management of the project and a fair return to our people in the form of revenue sharing and employment.

Overhead view of a hydroelectric dam
Photo Credit: Stephen Rees