The Queensland Government has announced the official opening of the Dulacca Wind Farm, which is expected to bring the state much closer to its renewable energy targets. The 180MW project, owned by Octopus and developed by RES, created 150 jobs in regional Queensland at its construction peak. State-owned CleanCo has a long-term power purchase agreement with the Dulacca Wind Farm […]
The arrival of key components for two synchronous condensers has marked a major milestone for Australia’s largest electricity transmission project, EnergyConnect. EnergyConnect will allow energy to be shared between New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria and enable the connection of more new renewable generation. Transgrid and construction partner Elecnor Australia are building the 700km New South Wales section of […]
As Australia’s energy grid transitions towards renewables, water utilities also have a large role to play in reaching net zero emissions targets. North East Water is powering ahead and investing in a renewable energy source for its wastewater treatment plant. A new 3MW solar farm is now powering the Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant with renewable energy. In a major step […]
As renewable energy gains importance in our pursuit of sustainability, there are several challenges that need to be addressed to accelerate its adoption and maximise its effectiveness. Some of these challenges include intermittency and reliability. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are intermittent as they do not produce power consistently. Ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply is […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has announced that Hydrogen Park (HyP) Gladstone in Queensland, Australia’s first city-wide renewable hydrogen blending project has commenced construction. HyP Gladstone is a small demonstration facility in Queensland designed to produce renewable hydrogen to start to decarbonise gas supply in Gladstone, and is supported by the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019–2024, as well as […]
Coined as the ‘Sunburnt Country’, Australia is a continent where water scarcity and quality closely intertwine with environmental challenges. However, a dedicated legion of professionals stand sentinel on the frontlines of water, wastewater, and desalination treatment plants. These unsung heroes work round-the-clock to secure one of earth’s most precious resources – water. Their efforts, often hidden from the public eye, […]
A new water strategy has been announced by the Queensland Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, during National Water Week. Developed in consultation with the water industry, stakeholders and the community, the strategy harnesses the strong partnerships and collaborative approach the Queensland Government has with communities across Queensland, to meet challenges and create future opportunities when it comes to water security. […]
South East Water has been named as a finalist in four categories of the Australian Water Association’s (AWA) Victoria awards. South East Water said that it is proud to be recognised alongside some of its industry partners for its commitment to delivering better customer, community and environmental outcomes to secure a sustainable future, and is a finalist in the following […]
Gippsland Water has announced that it has appointed two new Directors and a new Board Chair. Tom Mollenkopf has been appointed Board Chair, with Jenny Selway and Katie Wyatt appointed as Directors. Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming welcomed the three appointments and said she looked forward to working with them. “We feel very fortunate to have three new members […]
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 […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it has opened applications for the $2 billion Hydrogen Headstart program, which is aimed to boost Australia’s potential to be a global hydrogen leader. Announced in the 2023–2024 budget, the program has been designed by ARENA and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW), following consultation with […]
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 […]
The Clean Energy Council has released a strategic package of 45 recommendations to the Federal Government, titled Power Playbook – Accelerating Australia’s Clean Energy Transformation. Power Playbook is designed to ensure that Australia gets back on track for 82 per cent renewables by 2030 and achieves its ambition of becoming a renewable energy superpower. The submission is a fully integrated […]
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 […]
South East Water has been recognised for its commitment to its customers and the environment in the AFR BOSS 2023 Most Innovative Companies List, claiming sixth place in the Mining, Agriculture and Utilities category. In recent years, the organisation has embarked on multiple innovative projects to rise to the challenges of this critical decade for water in the face of […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
The Victorian Minister for Water has announced the appointment of 125 new board members across the state’s water corporations, increasing diversity and representation throughout the sector. The newly appointed members are stretched across Victoria’s 18 water corporations, nine Catchment Management Authorities, and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, bringing new skills and perspectives into the water sector, making the total number […]
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 […]
Leading renewable energy businesses, unions, investors and community groups have banded together to push the Australian Government towards committing to a ten year $100 billion Renewable Industry Package in fear of the country being left behind in the global renewable energy race. The diverse group of organisations have joined forces at the Australian Renewables Industry Summit in Canberra to call […]
World leaders including Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, attended the G20 Leader’s Summit in New Delhi to discuss joint responses to the most pressing global economic challenges – including major commitments to the world’s renewable energy transition. G20 leaders discussed global measures to ease cost-of-living pressures, including free, fair and rules-based trade, enhancing supply chain resilience and shoring up food […]
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