Amendments will ensure the Hunter is classified as a Renewable Energy Zone

New dawn: The Hunter is set to become the state's latest renewable energy zone after being left out of the government's original plans.
 New dawn: The Hunter is set to become the state's latest renewable energy zone after being left out of the government's original plans.

The National's Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, Labor's Swansea MP Yasmin Catley and independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper have each tabled amendments to the government's Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill, which is due to be debated on Tuesday.

The Central West, New England and South West NSW have already been declared as renewable energy zones as part of the government's renewable energy infrastructure roadmap.

The roadmap aims to encourage $32 billion worth of private spending on renewable technology over 20 years, with incentives for energy businesses to set up in the renewable energy zones.

The Hunter's highly skilled workforce, proximity to major power transmission infrastructure and portfolio of existing and potential renewable projects make it a logical renewable zone.