The Northern Territory Government has released its Draft Surface Water Take – Wet Season Flow Policy for public comment, a landmark reform targeting the preservation of free-flowing rivers while allowing for sustainable development. The draft policy provides guidance on how environmentally sustainable development can support business growth and investment based on access to a currently underdeveloped water resource. The Territory […]
A revised underground power program promises to transition 50,000 Western Australian homes from ageing overhead power lines, promising equitable delivery for low socio-economic communities. Underground power benefits residents with safer electricity, improved reliability, reduced maintenance costs, and enhanced streetscapes and visual amenity. The program is a successor to the State Government’s State Underground Power Program (SUPP), which has operated since […]
A new report has revealed a minimum investment of $2.2 billion is required to ensure safe water supply for First Nations communities – over 500 of which do not have access to regular water testing. First Nations communities, particularly in remote areas, are receiving drinking water with levels of uranium, arsenic, fluoride and nitrate that are above levels against the […]
The New South Wales Government has confirmed that the state’s third Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) will be established in the south west region. It is the third of five proposed REZs to be confirmed by the New South Wales Government, and will be overseen by the Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo). The project will be developed in the state’s south […]
The Federal Government has committed $107.5 million to its promised Cairns Water Security Stage 1 project, delivering a new Water Treatment Plant, reservoirs, and distribution network for greater sustainability and reliability for the Queensland township. Once complete, the new water treatment plant, water reservoirs and distribution network will provide a modern, integrated and long-term water security solution to service Cairns […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published a draft report, detailing 20 recommendations for the acceleration of smart meter deployment in the National Electricity Market. The AEMC claims that a faster replacement of legacy meters will enable consumers to access the benefits smart meters can provide. The draft recommendations and options in the Review of the Regulatory Framework for […]
In July this year, Anna Jackson joined South East Queensland water utility Unitywater as its new CEO. Previously SA Water’s General Manager Strategy, Engagement and Innovation, Ms Jackson is keenly aware of the challenges facing water utilities and recent developments in customer engagement. She sat down with Utility Magazine Editor, Jessica Dickers, to discuss the impacts of climate change and population growth, the uptake of digital meters, and the vision for her new role – all of which tie in with an overarching theme of a sustainable water future.
The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has signed the Queensland Government’s world-first Energy Workers’ Charter, guaranteeing that workers made redundant by the national transition to clean energy will receive ongoing employment at a Government-owned energy organisation. The Workers Charter forms part of the Government’s new Queensland Energy Plan and outlines how the Queensland Government will achieve its renewable energy targets and […]
Year on year, the percentage of renewable energy entering the Australian electricity market is growing, and these figures are only set to increase as states and territories embrace increasingly optimistic net-zero goals. With these enhanced net-zero goals will come a flurry of project activity to deliver on our targets, and it is increasingly important that developers work with partners equipped […]
In a recent announcement by Federal Energy Minister, Chris Bowen, ARENA will fund an extension of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP). Final negotiations are in process on the research program and partnerships, with work expected to start in 2023. Here, ACAP outlines breakthroughs in solar technologies, what the next generation of photovoltaic technologies looks like, and the role this plays in grid overhaul.
To deliver an affordable and reliable energy supply to Sydney, Transgrid has been undertaking major works to upgrade the city’s existing electrical supply network as part of the Powering Sydney’s Future project. Recently, Transgrid partnered with Zinfra to deliver the substation upgrades required as part of the essential project. Powering Sydney’s Future involves the installation of a new 20km 330kV […]
More than $2 billion for the Water for Australia Plan, a $2.4 billion boost for NBN services, and $20 billion to Rewiring the Nation, plus a significant number of energy initiatives, are among the funding that has been committed in the 2022-23 Federal Budget, ahead of a predicted 50 per cent increase to consumer energy costs by 2024. The Federal […]
AGL will investigate the feasibility of retrofitting gas-fired power stations into energy storage facilities using innovative thermal storage technologies in a $1 million study supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The study will research whether a thermal battery can power a 200MW generating unit at Torrens B Power Station for eight hours, reducing the station’s reliance on gas […]
Construction is set to begin on $11 million worth of new infrastructure to improve water quality and reliability for communities in the Central Darling Shire. High-tech water treatment plants will soon be built in Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and White Cliffs through funding from the New South Wales Government’s $1.1 billion Safe and Secure Water program and the Water Security for the […]
The Federal Government is set to expand full-fibre broadband access to 1.5 million premises across Australia by 2025, through a $2.4 billion equity investment over four years in the 2022-23 Federal Budget. The expansion will aim to deliver a faster and more reliable NBN to more families, communities, and businesses, allowing more Australians to take advantage of an increasingly digital […]
A water utility is among the recently announced finalists for the 2022 International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) Core Value Awards; recognising outstanding projects and organisations in community engagement. Named alongside 19 finalists, Yarra Valley Water has been recognised for enlisting a Citizens’ Jury to ensure its latest Price Submission reflected the diversity of the community it serves. The jury […]
The Federal Government has committed to the conditional funding of major renewable and transmission projects – including the Marinus and Kerang links – in Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania from its $20 billion Rewiring the Nation plan. The new commitments include a $75 million investment to fast-track the Marinus Link project, a $1.5 billion loan for Victorian Renewable Energy […]
The Northern Territory Government has detailed comprehensive reforms to environmental policy, including commitments to new biodiversity offsets for mitigating adverse environmental outcomes in future developments. The Government detailed a broad-range of policies and reforms in the publication of its Greenhouse Gas Offsets Policy and Technical Guidelines and the commencement of public-consultation for its draft NT Biodiversity Offsets Policy. The technical […]
State water ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to delivering the Murray Darling Basin Plan, promising further consultation with affected First Nations groups. Water Ministers from across the Murray-Darling Basin met on Wednesday 12 October in Canberra to discuss the implementation of the Basin Plan. The Ministerial Council also represented an important step forward for Traditional Owner water interests in the […]
The Federal Government will introduce new reforms to water trading, seeking to better regulate the growing market. Released ahead of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council, the Government’s Water Market Reform: Final Roadmap Report lists 23 recommendations for addressing poor regulations and a lack of transparency in the water trading market. The report was provided to the Minister for the […]
The Federal Government has announced the commencement of consultations on the development of a Commonwealth-led National Energy Performance Strategy. Attendees at the National Energy Efficiency Summit in Sydney welcomed the announcement as an important first step to harness the power of energy efficiency in reducing emissions, lowering energy bills, and improving productivity. Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Jenny […]
A proposed 14-metre extension to the Warragamba Dam wall in Western Sydney has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) for its potential to mitigate against future floods. New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said the proposal to raise the Dam wall would save lives, save properties and would help future-proof Western Sydney from flood risks. “First and foremost my […]
In support of the state’s $62 billion plan for a new renewable energy SuperGrid, Queensland companies have been encouraged to register their interest for future tenders and opportunities. Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan released in September 2022 sets out a path to transform the state’s electricity network with $62 billion worth of public and private investment over the next 15 […]
The first tenders for New South Wales’ Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap have been opened, supporting the delivery of 12GW worth of renewable energy capacity and an additional 2GW of long duration storage by 2030. It is the first in a series of bi-annual tenders for renewable energy and long duration storage contracts to be held over ten years for the replacement […]
AGL’s Loy Yang A coal-fired power station will close ten years ahead of schedule, after the company announced it would exit from coal-fired generation by 2035. AGL’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are expected to reduce from 40 million tonnes to Net Zero on achieving targeted closure. AGL aims to progressively decarbonise its asset portfolio with new renewable and firming capacity, […]
South East Queensland’s state-owned water supplier, Seqwater will back-pay more than $7 million in unpaid wages, after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The Fair Work Ombudsman commenced an investigation in 2020 following underpayment allegations through the media. Seqwater has now signed an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure its ongoing compliance with Commonwealth […]
The Victorian Government has unveiled new nation-leading targets for renewable energy storage, committing $157 million for new generation and storage projects to achieve 2.6GW of storage capacity by 2030. The new targets, the most ambitious of any state, legislate requirements for 2.6GW of renewable energy storage capacity by 2030, with an increased target of 6.3GW of storage by 2035. The […]
Victoria has delivered on its 2020 emissions reduction targets, beating them by 200 per cent, furthering the state’s net-zero ambitions and reducing average energy costs for consumers. The recently-released Victorian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2020 demonstrates that state emissions during 2020 fell by almost 30 per cent since 2005, doubling the state’s stated reduction targets of between 15 and 20 […]
The Climate Council has unveiled ten major actions the Federal Government could implement to potentially fast-track emissions reductions, tackle the energy and cost-of-living crises, and create tens of thousands of new jobs. The Power Up: 10 Climate Gamechangers report provides a practical roadmap for the Federal Government to speed up its climate action in the 2020s, to ensure Australia exceeds […]
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