The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is accepting registrations for the 77th Victorian Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on 3 & 4 September. Water industry personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade […]
NBN Co has announced a new initiative to boost the number of broadband connections for Australians who cannot access an existing commercial broadband service – NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme. The NSS Scheme will connect to up to 9,000 additional premises in remote and regional mainland Australia and Tasmania, until the expected launch of NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite […]
Meet industry leaders, share insights and discuss ideas for managing in a volatile market environment. With every link in the energy supply chain facing a unique and challenging set of circumstances there is a plethora of views on the outlook for supply and demand of wholesale electricity and gas and the future of carbon policy in Australia in particular. The […]
The panel of experts led by Dr Michael Vertigan appointed to conduct an independent cost benefit analysis of broadband policy and review of regulatory arrangements, has presented the first of its three reports to the Federal Government. This report reviewed the telecommunications access regime under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the rules about NBN Co’s operations under […]
AGL has released a report highlighting the opportunity to introduce a fairer system of pricing, which helps to lower the long-term cost of electricity supply. Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Networks Association, John Bradley welcomed the new paper by Paul Simshauser and David Downer “On the inequity of flat-rate electricity tariffs”. “AGL’s research demonstrates that customers that are in […]
Chevron Australia, on behalf of the Gorgon Joint Venturers, is currently taking steps to gain environmental approval for the development of a fourth production train at the Gorgon LNG Project. The company has released a Public Environmental Review / Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the public. In addition to the expansion of the Gorgon Gas Development to 20 MTPA, the […]
The Grattan Institute has released a new report supporting reform of electricity network tariffs, titled Fair Pricing for Power. The report states that “reform of electricity tariffs is urgently needed to prevent all Australians paying too much for power and some people paying more than their fair share” and that “a different way of charging customers could have saved network […]
South East Queensland’s bulk water authority Seqwater has welcomed the release of WaterQ, the Queensland Government’s 30 year strategy for Queensland’s water sector. Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the strategy aligned with Seqwater’s five-year organisational strategy, which is focused on supplying affordable drinking water for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and delivering a long-term plan to ensure […]
Future electricity prices will be stabilised to ease cost of living pressures as a result of the Queensland Government’s 30-year plan for the electricity sector, PowerQ. QLD Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the plan would deliver a more cost-effective, consumer focused, resilient and better planned electricity supply system. “PowerQ is the result of extensive consultation with everyday Queenslanders, electricity retailers, […]
The Australian Water Association (AWA) and Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) have voiced their appreciation for the work done under the National Water Initiative over the past decade. AWA Chief Executive, Jonathan McKeown and WSAA Executive Director, Adam Lovell said the National Water Initiative continues to provide a national focus on water, one that should not be lost with […]
Jemena has proposed to reduce average network prices for its gas customers in NSW in its Access Arrangement (price review) submission to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The submission, recently lodged with the AER, covers the five-year period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020. If accepted by the AER, the proposal by the Jemena Gas Network will deliver […]
APPEA has welcomed the South Australian budget’s investment in onshore gas resources, saying it will enhance the State’s attractiveness for onshore oil and gas investment. APPEA Chief Operating Officer Western Region Stedman Ellis said the state‘s strong reputation amongst oil and gas companies had been boosted. “The respected Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey consistently ranks South Australia as the most […]
The NSW Government has announced a $700 million investment over the next financial year to maintain, renew and upgrade critical infrastructure across Sydney’s water network. Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries, said the government has invested more than $1.8 billion in Sydney Water’s infrastructure network since 2011. “This infrastructure investment will continue with a commitment of $700 […]
The NSW Government has announced that it intends to undertake a long-term lease of 49 per cent of the “poles and wires” network businesses, to unlock $20 billion in infrastructure funding, including $6 billion for regional NSW. NSW Premier Mike Baird said that the state government will be undertaking a number of infrastructure projects as part of the Rebuilding NSW […]
Oil and gas industry body APPEA has made a submission to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Review Expert Panel arguing that continued operation of the renewable energy target may drive up the cost of meeting the Australian Government’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target and inhibit the natural gas industry’s capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. APPEA suggests that “a RET […]
A number of renewable energy stakeholders have released responses to the changes announced in the recently released Federal Budget. The Australian Government has announced its intention to repeal the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and abolish ARENA, returning its functions to the Department of Industry and returning $1.3 billion to consolidated revenue. The Government has indicated it will earmark […]
Oil and gas industry body APPEA has welcomed the Australian Government’s plan to cut regulation and repeal the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program. APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “The Australian oil and gas industry has long maintained that the EEO imposes a range of unnecessary administrative and compliance costs on participants that do nothing to enhance energy efficiency. These […]
NBN Co has officially unveiled the next series of enhancements to the National Broadband Network to enable telcos to offer businesses access to multiline high-definition video conferencing and collaboration and help them make the most of fast and reliable broadband. NBN Co’s Medium Business Services is the latest of a number of enhancements specifically for businesses and has been designed […]
Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has announced that while the Federal Budget provides $20.9 billion in equity funding to NBN Co over the period 2014–15 to 2017–18, the Government’s investment is capped at $29.5 billion, and when the equity contributions cease the balance of the project must be funded by the private sector. The $20.9 billion comes in addition […]
In the wake of the Federal Budget, key water industry bodies Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Australian Water Association (AWA) have expressed their disappointment in the proposed abolition of the National Water Commission and called for its key functions to remain. “The budget has confirmed that the National Water Commission (NWC) will be abolished, an agency that has […]
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has welcomed energy reforms proposed by the Northern Territory Government. ENA Chief Executive Officer John Bradley said the restructure of Power and Water Corporation would see network operations independently regulated in line with national standards. “Consumers will benefit from the separation of Power and Water with improved transparency and a more level playing field for […]
Legislation has passed that will see Power and Water Corporation split and the electricity retail and generation components commence operations as separate government owned corporations. Power and Water says that structural separation of the corporation is an important step in realising the Northern Territory’s potential on the national and international stage. It will also bring the Territory in line with […]
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