GWMWater has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Vibe Energy to jointly deliver a renewable energy facility at Nhill, the utilities first venture into large scale energy generation. The facility, which includes a 2.75MW (6MWh) battery, is planned to be located off the Western Highway, behind the Nhill Trailer Exchange, and is expected to offset 70 per […]
The Victorian Government is legislating its emissions reductions and renewable energy targets, making official the new Victorian renewable energy target of 95 per cent renewable energy generation by 2035. The new legislation is designed to drive down power bills, encourage investment into Victoria’s renewable energy industry and create tens of thousands of jobs. Victorian Minister for Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio, […]
As its first investment since being recreated, the State Electricity Commission (SEC) is set to provide $245 million in funding to the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub near Melton – which is expected to store enough energy to power up to 200,00 homes during peak periods. This is the first investment from the SEC’s initial $1 billion towards building 4.5GW of […]
A new centralised solar farm and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is now in operation at Cue in Western Australia. Cue is the fourth regional Western Australian town to receive a centralised solar farm as part of Horizon Power’s Major Project’s Midwest Solar Program, following the successful completion of projects in Wiluna, Yalgoo and Sandstone. Horizon Power is installing centralised […]
The Federal and New South Wales Governments are partnering as part of the Federal Government’s Capacity Investment Scheme, announcing the successful bid of six major dispatchable energy projects across the state. The projects from this tender alone are equal to 8 per cent of the total 2022/23 New South Wales summer peak demand into the network at short notice – […]
Synergy has awarded the contract for the Western Australia Kwinana Battery Stage Two, which will include the commission and installation of approximately 300 battery container units and 72 inverters. GenusPlus Group has been granted the contract for the provision of the civil and electrical balance of plant works, as well as installation and commissioning of the battery container units and […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $1.3 million in funding to the Parmelia Green Hydrogen Project – Feasibility Study on behalf of the Federal Government, which investigates the production and transportation of renewable hydrogen through a pre-existing natural gas pipeline in Perth. The funding is being provided to the APA Group (APA) and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers […]
More than 450 industry stakeholders gathered in Queensland to attend the Powerlink Transmission Network Forum, which discussed key aspects of how Queensland’s future power system will take shape. The forum took place on 3 November 2023 and brought together renewable developers, industry, community and government representatives to share insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy […]
In an effort to support opportunities for renewable energy projects in Western Australia, the State Government is set to invest more than $700 million in a major network upgrade. The State Government has said that upgrades to Western Australia’s electricity transmission network are essential to enable large-scale renewable energy generation to connect to the grid, for both domestic use and […]
The Western Australian Government has announced a new exemption order, which aims to slash renewable energy project times and grant land access to be leased to renewable energy proponents while proposals are being assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The exemption order under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 will not impact the current environmental assessment processes under the Act. […]
The Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act 2023, which aims to regulate and facilitate the generation of hydrogen and renewable energy in certain areas of the state, has passed both houses of the South Australian parliament. The Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act 2023 is the nation’s first legislative framework designed to provide a coordinated approach to the burgeoning hydrogen and renewable […]
The Northern Territory Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an international construction and engineering company to support the delivery of a large-scale green energy project and meet the green energy demands of the Asia-Pacific region. Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, signed the MoU with Samsung C&T, who will work with the Northern Territory Government to establish large-scale […]
A consultation paper has been released by the Australian Federal Government on the development of Australia’s First Nations Clean Energy Strategy, which aims to provide remote First Nations communities with access to cheaper, and cleaner energy. The consultation paper was built on a series of six roundtables held with First Nations communities across the past eight months as well as […]
As the country works to meet renewable energy targets, recycled water has an important role to play, both in the generation of this energy and in ensuring that the burden of the transition to net zero is not placed on drinking water reserves. Renewables will soon replace non-renewables as the main energy source for our homes, businesses and communities, helping […]
Townsville is set to receive an $18.79 million development hub for clean powered trucking fleets and ADF heavy vehicles, boosting the area’s renewables supply chain. Supported by the Queensland Government, RGM Maintenance will build the Defence and Hydrogen Maintenance Hub in the Cleveland Bay Industrial Park. The hub is expected to sell, repair and maintain new-generation EV and hydrogen heavy […]
Delegates from Washington State have visited Transgrid in Sydney as part of their trade mission to Australia to learn more about how the nation is tackling the renewable energy transition. Washington State representatives from business, education, and government are staging a trade mission to Australia, focusing on government diplomacy and business partnerships to support clean energy development and the phaseout […]
Genex Power has announced a major milestone has been reached in its Kidston Clean Energy Hub connection project, with the first of 348 transmission towers being constructed. The project will stretch 186km between Genex Power’s Kidston Clean Energy Hub and the Guybal Munjan Switching Station at Mount Fox, supporting 400 jobs during construction. Drones will be used to help string […]
The Main Access Tunnel (MAT) – which allows access for underground works – has been completed at the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro). Genex Power advised that its Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor has completed the excavation of MAT within high quality rock conditions. The MAT serves as the permanent access point to the power station cavern. The […]
Two changes have been made on the Tasmanian Water Miscellaneous Amendments (Delegation and Industrial Water Supply) Bill 2023, with the bill now allowing Irrigation to supply bulk raw Hydro water for hydrogen production, and secondly facilitating community management of irrigation schemes. Tasmanian Minister for Water and Primary Industries, Jo Palmer, said, “The Government’s priority is for local communities to have […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has approved a record $544.1 million in funding for projects to help accelerate the country’s transition to renewable energy. Established by the Australian Government on July 1st, 2012, ARENA has supported 663 projects with $2.25 billion in grant funding, unlocking a total investment of almost $9.75 billion in Australia’s renewable energy industry. In the […]
Victoria’s Premier, Jacinta Allan, has launched the State Electricity Commission’s (SEC) Strategic Plan 2023-2035, marking the commission’s first step in leading the energy transition since being recreated. The plan sets out three clear priorities for the next ten years: Investing to accelerate the energy transition Supporting the switch to all-electric households Building a renewable energy workforce The SEC will invest […]
The Energy Efficiency Council and Clean Energy Council have partnered to deliver Careers for Net Zero, a campaign to train and upskill the energy workers necessary for Australia to reach its net zero targets. According to research by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Sydney and Monash University, at least two million new jobs are required to meet net […]
The Federal Government is looking to set Australia up as a world leading supplier of critical minerals with an additional $2 billion of investment, a boost that will also support the economy with more jobs and benefit the nation’s energy transition. Critical minerals, including rare earths, are the building blocks for a clean energy future, and are essential to achieving […]
The Queensland Government has released the Queensland Energy Workforce Roadmap, which outlines how government, industry, workers and community can work together to create a workforce that can carry the state through the energy transition. The roadmap is supported by the Future Energy Jobs Guide, which outlines job opportunities and career pathways available to existing workers and school students. Developed in […]
By Neve Surridge, Corporate & Customer Graduate – Reputation and Media | Corporate Affairs, Powercor Australia For any major project, getting community engagement right is essential to a smooth delivery. Here we take a look at two major power upgrades in regional Victoria this year, and how they have shown how proactive engagement with households and businesses can help teams […]
By Frank Zeichner, CEO IoT Alliance Australia The transformative power of digital technologies discussion is happening in every boardroom and on every construction site in Australia. Yet despite well-established business cases, we’re lagging and slow in our uptake and use of the smart data that is essential for Australia’s future prosperity. At stake is our economic productivity and net zero […]
The South Australia Government has signed an early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement with preferred partners to deliver its Hydrogen Jobs Plan. A consortium comprising ATCO Australia and BOC, a Linde company, is the preferred hydrogen delivery partner for the plan, which includes proposals for the world’s biggest hydrogen production facility, power plant and storage at Whyalla in the Upper Spencer […]
Growing global concern about microplastics has spurred a range of research and studies into the different methods that can be adopted to reduce their widespread presence. Recent studies undertaken by South East Water can help water utilities gain invaluable first experiences in sampling and characterising this contaminant. Concurrent with the increase in production and usage of plastic materials worldwide has […]
The Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park is a key project for the Canning City Centre Regeneration Program, which is a ten year, $76 million program that aims to transform Canning’s City Centre into Perth’s southern CBD. Wharf Street Basin has been reimagined as a new smart park and is one of the City of Canning’s centrepieces of urban […]
The pursuit of reducing nonrevenue water has rendered sensor technologies irresistibly appealing to utility companies. These innovative devices boast transformative leak detection capabilities but simultaneously introduce a suite of operational and regulatory quandaries requiring thoughtful navigation. The initial allure of sensor solutions is their ability to monitor leaks across an entire pipeline network. However, this advantage can mislead utilities into […]
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