A new name for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been revealed, with the updated title representing the nation’s key producers of essential energy and the oil and gas industry’s evolution. The body has revealed Australian Energy Producers (AEP) as its new name and says that the change reflects the growth and evolution of Australia’s oil and […]
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Microsoft and AGL Energy have signed a new renewable energy certificate agreement, spanning across 15 years, to provide Microsoft with renewable energy certificates for Rye Park wind farm projects in New South Wales. This agreement follows AGL’s Power Purchase Agreement with Tilt Renewables to offtake electricity and environmental products generated from Rye Park Wind Farm in New South Wales. The […]
SunCable has announced its acquisition by a private investment company, which is set to support it in the delivery of the Australia-Asia Power Link (AAPowerLink), which is expected to provide low-cost green energy to customers in Darwin and Singapore. SunCable has completed the sale of its assets, including the shares in its operating subsidiaries, to Grok Ventures (Grok). Grok has […]
The New South Wales Government has announced that it will be investing $1.8 billion into the state’s energy transition, establishing the Energy Security Corporation (ESC) and connecting new projects to the grid. The commitment will help put transmission and energy storage projects back on track, as the State Government works hard to keep the lights on during New South Wales’s […]
In response to the Electricity Supply and Reliability Check Up, the New South Wales Government has released its strategy to keep the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap on track. The Electricity Supply and Reliability Check Up was conducted by Cameron O’Reilly from Marsden Jacob Associates, and makes 54 recommendations to keep the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap on track. The government has accepted 50 […]
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released its 2023 Electricity Statement of Opportunities (ESOO) report. The report looks into the urgent development needs of the National Electricity Market over the next decade. The ESOO is produced using insights from developer and market participant surveys, transmission information, and extended analysis of energy limitations, like the potential impact of drought conditions, […]
The Tasmanian State and Federal Governments have announced a new deal to secure the first Marinus Link cable, a move welcomed by Hydro Tasmania. The State and Federal governments have also committed low cost-financing for the redevelopment of Tarraleah Power Station and the North West Transmission Developments. Hydro Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Ian Brooksbank said the projects would deliver jobs, […]
RayGen, in partnership with AGL, has opened its solar-plus-storage plant in Carwarp, Victoria, which is expected to add 4MW of solar and 2.8MW/50MWh of storage capacity to the West Murray grid. The plant is powered by a field of smart, rotational mirrors whose concentrated solar energy is combined with the energy stored across two water reservoirs to create a ‘hot […]
Stanwell Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global renewable energy company RWE to support Stanwell’s delivery of a 9–10GW pipeline of renewable energy projects. The partnership will commence with the development of two new RWE wind farm projects in Central and Southern Queensland by 2029, and pave the way for future renewable energy projects, investment and innovation. […]
Snowy Hydro has released the expected results of major resets to two of its projects – Snowy 2.0 and the Hunter Power Project. The revised total cost to complete the Snowy 2.0 project is now $12 billion. At the end of June 2023, expenditure on the project was $4.3 billion, with 80 per cent of these funds reinvested in the […]
The Western Australian and Federal Governments have signed an agreement granting the state $3 billion to fund new builds and major upgrades to its electricity grids. The Commonwealth-Western Australia Rewiring the Nation deal will bolster Western Australia’s energy security by expanding and modernising electricity grids in Perth, the South West, as well as in the North West Pilbara region. The […]
Victoria has formally joined the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), as its first sub-national member, with the mission of establishing 380GW of offshore wind generation globally by 2030. GOWA brings together international governments, the private sector, organisations, and other stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind power. Victoria has joined countries like Denmark, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom […]
In Australia’s capital, key transmission work has been underway, where new housing subdivisions in the Molonglo Valley have required the relocation of 1,500 tonnes or 58km of 132kV cables underground and the removal of above ground transmission towers. Works such as these have many moving parts, requiring clear, upfront communication and a unified plan with all contractors to ensure works […]
The Treasurer of Australia has released the Intergenerational Report 2023, which predicts a long-term increase in utility expenditure, particularly in the energy sector. The report analyses global effects on the Australian economy and predicts future expenditure all the way up to 2063. The report states that renewable energy is already the cheapest form of new energy in Australia, with onshore […]
Powerlink Queensland has signed an agreement with French engineering consultancy agency, RTE international (RTEi), who will assist Powerlink in providing consultancy services to live substations works across the Asia Pacific region. Powerlink was the first Australian transmission utility to adopt live substation works in 2001 and RTEi is a long-standing world leader who continues to provide methodology and licensing to […]
The plans for the Stanwell Clean Energy Hub have been revealed, with a number of initiatives lined up to train and prepare the workforce for future projects and to test innovative new energy technologies. To begin the transformation of the Stanwell Clean Energy Hub, publicly owned energy company Stanwell Corporation will build the Future Energy and Innovation Training Hub (FEITH) […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Federal Government, has opened the $125 million Regional Microgrids Program. The program is designed to develop and deploy microgrid technologies across regional and remote communities and will allocate $75 million for microgrid projects in First Nations communities. Electricity provision in remote First Nations communities is often heavily reliant on diesel […]
Jacana Energy has announced that it is accepting submissions from proponents interested in taking part in the development of up to 100MW of large-scale solar for the Darwin-Katherine region. The expression of interest (EOI) is available on the Northern Territory Government tenders online website. Submissions for the non-binding EOI process will close on 26 September 2023. Jacana Energy held an […]
Western Power has completed a major underground power project, removing 821 poles and 34km of overhead cable, and installing 542 new streetlights and around 53km of underground cable throughout St James, East Victoria Park and Bentley. Residents and businesses in the areas will now enjoy improved safety and reliability and transformed streetscapes. Western Power worked with the City of Canning […]
APA Group and Alinta Power have entered into a Share Sale Agreement for the acquisition of Alinta Energy Pilbara and Alinta Energy (Newman Storage), for an enterprise value of $1.7 billion. Alinta Energy Pilbara is an energy infrastructure business underpinned by contracted operational assets (gas and solar power generation, gas transmission, battery energy storage systems and electricity transmission), together with […]
The proposed delay of the coal-powered Eraring Power Station’s closure has been criticised in a joint statement released by the Smart Energy Council, Climate Energy Finance, the Clean Energy Investor Group and Nexa Advisory, which warns that the delay will majorly undermine emissions reduction efforts. Director of think tank Climate Energy Finance and author of The Lights will Stay On […]
Technical and environmental studies have begun for EnergyAustralia’s proposed Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro Project, which is set to be located in Lithgow, New South Wales. The commencement of work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) follows the release of the New South Wales Government’s Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). EnergyAustralia’s Lake Lyell Project Director, Mike de Vink, said a team […]
The City of Sydney council has passed a motion that looks to introduce a new policy that will require new homes and businesses in the area to be gas free. The motion, moved by Councillor (Waskam) Emelda Davis, and seconded by Deputy Lord Mayor, Sylvie Ellsmore, will insert new clauses into the council’s planning rules to require new homes and […]
Two 66,000V transformers have been installed as part of the construction of the Tonsley East Substation, which is set to supply electricity to tunnel-boring machines for the River Torrens to Darlington project. The substation, which will be built, owned and operated by SA Power Networks, is being established on the site of the recently demolished Mitsubishi building fronting South Road […]
The Victorian Government has announced a Structured Transition Agreement with AGL that will ensure a firm 12-year notice period for the closure of Loy Yang A power station. The newly formed agreement will help avoid uncertainty where the changing plans of power companies can deter new renewable generation entering the market, increasing electricity prices to customers. It also aims to […]
The 2023 Consumer Engagement Awards shortlist has been announced, with shortlisted organisations including Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Horizon Power and SA Power Networks. Networks engaging with consumers across all parts of their businesses are eligible to compete in the awards. Energy Networks Australia Chief Executive Officer, Dom van den Berg, said that the submissions demonstrated the cultural change within businesses to […]
The retirement of Unit 6 at Muja C Power Station in Collie, Western Australia, has been pushed back by six months to April 2025 following updated forecasts by the independent Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Synergy’s Unit 6 will be placed on reserve outage mode from 1 October 2024 until 1 April 2025 to ensure wider energy system security during […]
The Victorian Government is implementing an increase to penalties for gas and electricity distributors, with companies that commit serious breaches facing penalties of up to $10 million. The new penalty amounts will apply to Victorian gas and electricity distribution businesses for breaches of the Electricity Distribution and Gas Distribution System Codes of Practice that result in severe consumer harm or […]
A new report has said that Australia’s transition to renewable energy sources may actually see an increase in emissions in the short term, unless it is supported by gas infrastructure. The report – The role of Gas Infrastructure in Australias’ Energy Transition – was commissioned by AGIG, APA Group, and Jemena and was authored by by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $20.9 million in funding for a demonstration of a new hydrogen electrolyser technology by Wollongong-based startup, Hysata. Hysata will develop and test a 5MW unit at its new manufacturing facility in Port Kembla. The electrolyser array will then be installed in situ for further testing and validation before it is relocated to […]
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