Community batteries are flexible and scalable energy solutions that benefit both the local communities they are built in and the wider energy system. Ausgrid is collaborating with the Federal Government to deliver a major community battery rollout, which will see as many as 400 batteries powering neighbourhoods across Australia. The Community Batteries for Household Solar Program will support power quality […]
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The Bouldercombe Battery Project (BBP) will be one of the first standalone large-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Queensland and is the first fully commercial project financed battery in Australia. Australian company Genex has partnered with Tesla and Powerlink to operate the battery. We spoke to Genex Chief Executive Officer, Craig Francis, to hear more about the project’s funding, […]
Australian utilities are sitting on a bounty of untapped biogas that has the potential to transform the energy landscape, supercharge a site’s energy efficiency and drastically improve their bottom line. Here we discuss how this untapped resource can drive the energy transition. Waste to energy technologies that harness the power of biogas are mature and transformative solutions that achieve the […]
By Anna Collyer, Chair of the Australian Energy Market Commission As the once-in-a-generation transformation of the power system continues, the way customers interact with energy in their homes is also changing. The Australian Energy Market Commission is now recommending electricity smart meters in 100 per cent of households by 2030 as a critical step to realising benefits for both. The […]
By Ben Barnes, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Australian Energy Council As the cost of living increases, energy bills are placing more and more financial pressure on consumers. In this article the Australian Energy Council (AEC) takes a look at the government reforms currently underway, and how they might impact retailers’ already supporting customers experiencing payment difficulty. A lot has been […]
Event Organiser, Talk2 Media, has announced the return of the popular Power + Utilities Leadership Summit and Expo from 7-8 May 2024. Rebranded to Enlit Australia in 2020, the event’s return to its origin, Power + Utilities Australia, follows extensive industry research and feedback from stakeholders. Event Director, Paul Mathers, said that it was an easy decision to make. “This […]
United Energy has been ordered to pay $93,200 in fines and court costs after it was convicted of failing to properly maintain vegetation clearance around powerlines in south-east Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Energy Safe Victoria, the safety regulator for the state, brought 24 charges to the hearing, following inspections by compliance officers during 2021 and 2022. Energy Safe Victoria […]
The Queensland Coordinator-General has declared the $14.2 billion Borumba Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project a coordinated project, meaning that assessment of social, economic and environmental matters can begin. The project, being developed by Queensland Hydro, involves building a new upper reservoir, as well as a new dam wall that will replace the existing Borumba Dam wall and increase Lake Borumba’s […]
Boundary Power has developed a first-of-its-kind, relocatable, hydrogen integrated stand-alone power system (HiSAPS) in Victoria, aided by funding from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). On 9 October 2023, the Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, visited the Ampcontrol manufacturing site in Ringwood to see the demonstration unit in action, powering the internal […]
The proposed acquisition of Origin Energy by Brookfield and MidOcean has been authorised, with conditions, by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The proposed acquisition comprises two interdependent transactions. The transactions will result in a consortium led by the Brookfield Global Transition Fund owning Origin’s energy markets business, including Origin’s electricity generation and electricity and gas retail businesses. MidOcean […]
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) CEO, Daniel Westerman, has outlined the challenges Australia faces in its energy transition, and warned that the country will need an additional 10,000km of transmission lines to support growing renewables generation. Mr Westerman, speaking at the Australian Financial Review Energy and Climate Summit, outlined the three critical challenges the industry will need to overcome as […]
Marinus Link has announced the launch of an uncrewed surface vessel (USV), which will be used to survey the seabed conditions of Waratah Bay as part of the preparations for the proposed undersea electricity and data cable between Tasmania and Victoria. Marinus Link Project Manager, Simon Bresnehan, said the non-invasive survey data will help Marinus Link understand local conditions and […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Federal Government, has announced $499,744 in funding to Monash University for a project to address oscillation issues in Australia’s energy grid. The $1.3 million project will develop a tool to help identify the root causes of oscillatory instability and identify potential solutions. The tool will be suitable for use by […]
In its latest State of the energy market report, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has revealed that while the National Electricity Market (NEM) saw better outcomes in 2023 than it did the previous year, there are network vulnerabilities that still remain. The report reveals some improved outcomes in wholesale energy markets with average wholesale electricity prices significantly lower than the […]
The Australian Government has opened consultations and released a paper on a national Future Gas Strategy, which aims to help industries, households and the government make decisions about the future role of gas. Federal Minister for Resources, Madeleine King, said Australia’s gas policy settings were important for Australia’s energy security, for business and industry, for the environment and for local […]
Transgrid has announced it will undertake a fact-finding mission to energy and utility companies in North America in order to learn more about new technologies and innovations that may be deployed on major projects and in the New South Wales transmission network. A technical team from Transgrid is to spend nine days visiting companies in the United States and Canada, […]
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released a new Better Bills Guideline that will require energy consumers to make their bills more consumer-friendly, ensuring that consumers can more easily understand the information and make smarter decisions. The new mandatory Better Bills Guideline will come into effect on 30 September and is designed to help households and small businesses understand their […]
The Tasmania State Government has welcomed an announcement by APA Group that it is progressing plans to make Basslink a regulated asset with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The government said Tasmania will be better off as a result of the transparent regulatory process and that it will bring Basslink in line with all other interconnectors in the National Electricity […]
Powerlink, with construction partners UGL and CPB, has released a program of 40 works packages open to expressions of interest from local suppliers as part of its CopperString 2032 project. The works packages cover a range of activities and services, such as engineering, construction, environmental management, logistics, camp construction, haulage and communications. They are designed to maximise the opportunities for […]
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has released the second Quarterly Carbon Market Report (QCMR) for 2023, which indicates that while consumer-scale renewables have shown growth, the first half of the year has been slow for large-scale investment. Households and businesses continue to invest in energy efficiency technology. Rooftop solar is tracking to add more than 3GW of new installed capacity […]
One of Australia’s largest energy retailers has renewed its commitment to improving customer communications, specifically relating to retail and small business customers, following an announcement that the ACCC has commenced legal proceedings against the company. EnergyAustralia was named by the ACCC in legal proceedings commenced in the Federal Court regarding compliance with the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code – Electricity […]
Horizon Power has announced that its CEO, Stephanie Unwin, will continue to lead the company for five more years, after the company’s board chose to extend her term of service based on her impressive leadership since joining the company in 2019. On behalf of the Board, Horizon Power’s Chair, Samantha Tough, said that Ms Unwin is successfully leading Horizon Power […]
Western power’s $5 million network upgrade for the Cunderdin Shire has reached the final stage of works, which are scheduled to be complete in February 2024. The work package, which started in January, involves the replacement of more than 293 poles and 47km of overhead power lines. Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Operations, Zane Christmas, said that in addition […]
New South Wales Treasurer, Daniel Mookhey, has delivered the new New South Wales Government’s 2023–24 Budget, investing a total of $3.9 billion into the state’s clean energy future, as it transitions towards renewable energy. The NSW Government is committed to transitioning its energy system to meet its emissions reduction targets of 50 per cent by 2030 and net zero by […]
The winners of the 2023 Energy Networks Industry awards have been announced at the Energy Networks Australia (ENA) annual dinner on 19 September, recognising key industry members. Ausgrid was announced as the winner of the Energy Network Industry Innovation Award 2023, which recognises leadership in the design, development and application of a ground-breaking Australian energy network initiative. Endeavour Energy has […]
More than $1 billion has been awarded in contracts by the Western Australian Government for the Kwinana and Collie big battery storage systems. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has been contracted to supply about 300 EnerC Plus, containerised liquid-cooling battery systems for Kwinana Battery Stage Two, and about 650 EnerC Plus for Collie. Power Electronics will deliver 72 inverters […]
The CSIRO is among six of the county’s leading research institutions that are collaborating with international researchers to tackle challenges in clean energy production and storage, with two multilateral research programs announced. In a joint effort between Australia, the US, Canada, and the UK, two multilateral research projects have been announced today as part of the National Science Foundation Global […]
AGL has appointed a demolition services company to engage in the first phase of demolition for its Torrens Island ‘A’ power station in Adelaide, expected to begin in October 2023. The McMahon Group has been granted the demolition contract with AGL for the first phase, with the contract involving the removal of turbine hall equipment and demolition works to flue […]
Powercor has completed a large package of works in the Otways region of Victoria as part of its year-round maintenance of western Victoria’s electricity network. Powercor said the works have strengthened the local network ahead of summer, and will support the reliability and resilience of poles and wires in what is one of the most remote places in the entire […]
The City of Stirling has announced the completion of a $20 million project expanding Perth’s underground power network, improving streetscapes and increasing reliability for residents and businesses. Part of Western Power’s underground power program is the Network Renewal Undergrounding Program (NRUPP); the project removed 493 poles and 23km of overhead cable and installed 354 new streetlights and 53km of underground […]
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