Australian Energy infrastructure business, APA Group, has signed an agreement with Arafura Rare Earths to commence early work for a cogeneration plant, which will supply energy to one of Arafura’s upcoming projects, Nolans Rare Earth Project. The Nolans project includes a rare earth mine, processing plant and related infrastructure which will be constructed 135 kms north of Alice Springs. Arafura […]
Pre-construction activities have commenced for the Rangebank Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), in Cranbourne which will have enough storage capacity to power 80,000 homes for an hour during peak time when operational. Jointly developed by Eku Energy and Shell Energy with minority equity partner, Perfection Private, the Rangebank BESS system in Cranbourne will provide 200MW/400MWh capacity of reliable and flexible […]
Western Australia has released its Climate Adaptation Strategy, which prioritises 37 actions to ensure its communities are well equipped and resilient to climate change risks. Not a stranger to extreme weather events and natural disasters, the State Government has allocated almost $40 million in the 2023–2024 State Budget to deliver the strategy which will prepare them for the future. The […]
North Queensland is set to become a clean energy powerhouse, playing a key role in the delivery of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan (QEJP) and the Queensland SuperGrid Infrastructure Blueprint. Powerlink is playing a critical part in actioning the QEJP, by facilitating the development of Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) and strengthening the transmission backbone network over the next ten […]
By Steph Barker, Journalist, Utility Magazine The Alice Springs Future Grid Project is a whole-of-systems project that aims to roadmap how Alice Springs can achieve 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. The $12.5 million project involves collaboration by multiple organisations from across the Northern Territory and Australia, and its purpose is to identify and overcome barriers to further renewable […]
Major beverage manufacturer, Frucor Suntory, has secured a deal for its new $400 million manufacturing facility, which is set to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. Frucor Suntory signed an agreement with publicly owned CleanCo for its new facility at Swanbank. The deal, enabled by the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, means the facility – Frucor Suntory’s first […]
Western Power has officially opened its new $123 million energy hub in Forrestdale, Western Australia, which includes multiple clean energy technologies to accommodate growing energy demand. Built by ADCO Constructions, and designed by SPH Architects, the facility includes 10,000m2 of solar panels and 34 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, providing improved services to the community as well as consolidating the Kewdale, […]
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has welcomed the appointment of a new board member. Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, announced the appointment of Marianna O’Gorman to the ARENA Board for a two-year term. ARENA also welcomed the reappointment of Stephen McIntosh for an additional two-year term. A non-executive director at Queensland’s Stanwell Corporation, Australia’s second largest […]
The ACT Government has established the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF) Industry Advisory Board in an effort to ensure the renewable energy sector continues to deliver the best outcomes for Canberrans. The Board includes seven experts from the commercial, research, and innovation communities. Professor Kenneth Baldwin will serve as the Chair of the REIF Board. Professor Baldwin is a member […]
The Queensland Premier has met with new consortium partners for the State’s largest renewable hydrogen project, CQ-H2, to discuss the project’s proposal, including its estimated lifetime export potential of $17.2 billion. Keppel Infrastructure has joined other partners in the CQ-H2 project, Iwatani Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Marubeni Corporation and Queensland’s publicly owned Stanwell Corporation. Ms Palaszczuk invited Keppel Infrastructure […]
Origin Energy has been awarded $70 million in funding from the Federal Government to help support the progression of the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub (HVHH), which aims to provide scaled green hydrogen. The funding was announced by Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen during a visit to Newcastle. The HVHH, which is being assessed in collaboration with Orica, […]
Hydro Tasmania has released its Towards Net Zero plan, which strives to achieve net zero reportable scope one and two emissions by 30 June 2025, through a wide range of activities helping to reduce emissions. The plan involves a raft of initiatives to measure, reduce and offset emissions across Hydro Tasmania, its energy retailer, Momentum Energy, and its consulting business, […]
The Federal Government has declared the nation’s second offshore wind zone will be housed in the Hunter region, New South Wales, helping to provide thousands with job opportunities and open new industry doors. The declared area in the Pacific Ocean stretches over 1,800km² between Swansea and Port Stephens and could generate up to 5GW of wind energy, enough to power […]
Consultations have been officially opened for the design of the $2 billion Hydrogen Headstart program, which is expected to deliver a step change in Australia’s renewable hydrogen production by underwriting some of the largest electrolyser deployments in the world. Announced in the 2023 Federal budget, the program is intended to bridge the commercial gap for early projects and put Australia […]
The Victorian Government has awarded Yarra Valley Water $1 million through its Waste to Energy – Bioenergy Fund, which is set to fund the creation of a second generator at its food waste to energy facility in Lilydale. The facility, which uses a technology called anaerobic digestion, is expected to be operational in 2024–25. The Waste to Energy – Bioenergy […]
Transgrid has released its $16.5 billion roadmap, which reveals how the company is looking to transform New South Wales’s energy grid to a more sustainable and cost-efficient network. The System Security Roadmap outlines the New South Wales Transgrid’s detailed plan to grow the state’s power system and ensure the secure operation of the grid at up to 100 per cent […]
The Berrybank Stage 2 wind farm, located in Victoria’s Western Plains, is now in operation and is set to power Canberra as it transitions its energy grid. Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reductions, Shane Rattenbury, said this milestone strengthens the Australian Capital Territory’s commitment 100 per cent renewable electricity. “Berrybank 2 is one of 13 large scale renewable energy […]
The Northern Territory Government, as part of its next step to developing the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct, has issued ‘not to deal’ commitments to five proponents over specific parcels of land at the precinct. These commitments mean that their preferred sites in Middle Arm will be set aside for up to 12 months to provide each proponent confidence and […]
Phillip Island has switched on the Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS), a joint $10 million 5MW/10MWh project which can power 8,000 homes and secure energy supply during peak periods. The PICESS is located in a 38m x 34m fenced high voltage compound and is connected to the electricity grid via underground cables. The battery will replace diesel generators […]
The Queensland Government is calling for feedback on newly drafted legislation to legally protect renewables targets and energy workers as part of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan. The draft Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Bill 2023 establishes the framework to provide clarity and certainty to consumers, workers, investors, and industry as the state transitions to renewable energy under its […]
Clean Energy Council’s new data reveals a mixed start for 2023, with eight large-scale generation and storage projects commencing construction, but only one new project reaching financial close in the first quarter. The new construction projects equate to $1.3 billion in value – nearly double what was under construction in Q4 2022 – with three of those projects located in […]
By Ash Hamer, Major Projects Manager, Yarra Valley Water, and Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology’s Young Person of the Year 2022 The trenchless industry is an essential part of delivering infrastructure for Yarra Valley Water customers. Its assets (mainly sewer mains) have been getting larger and more complex over the past decade due to population growth. Here, Yarra Valley Water’s […]
By Dr Fiona Simon, CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council As the world-wide discussion shifts towards clean energy and hydrogen, Fiona Simon, CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council, explains how Australia can rejoin the hydrogen race and what it can do that will have an immediate impact on the Australian hydrogen industry. Since the release of the National Hydrogen Strategy in November […]
By Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction ACT has become a leader in energy storage with the successful completion of the Next Generation Energy Storage program and investment in large-scale batteries. The ACT is electrifying and shifting to a zero emissions future. Creating a strong and stable distributed energy system is a critical focus for this work. […]
The Victoria State Government has announced it is bringing back the State Electricity Commission (SEC), designed to drive down power bills and create thousands of jobs in renewable, government-owned energy. The Victorian Budget 2023/24 allocates investment in the SEC to drive jobs in renewable energy, while also investing to protect Victoria’s natural environment and help Victorian families with cost of […]
With a growing population, a changing climate and the desire to improve the liveability of South East Queensland front of mind, Unitywater has harnessed the power of science, technology and Mother Nature to implement key infrastructure projects that will help reduce the utility’s operating footprint. Unitywater Executive Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions, Daniel Lambert, expands on some of the projects and […]
Infinite Green Energy (IGE) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samsung C&T to develop the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Plant – a renewable hydrogen production facility located in Western Australia, 30km south of Dongara. The wind and solar-powered plant is forecast to produce up to 300t of green hydrogen per day, or 100,000t per year. The primary focus of […]
The Victorian Government has announced a new and ambitious emissions reduction target of 75 to 80 per cent by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2045. Victoria is decarbonising at the fastest rate in the country – cutting its emissions by more than any other state since 2014 – having already cut the state’s emissions by 32.3 per cent below […]
Millions of people in Sydney’s Greater West and beyond rely on Endeavour Energy to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply around the clock. To combat the challenging conditions of the region’s harsh environment – subject to heat waves, flooding, drought and wildfires – Endeavour Energy has embraced technology and dramatically improved customer outcomes after it became the first electricity […]
Utilities across Australia and the globe are increasingly turning to the potential of digital data and digital intelligence to assess the condition of assets. The use of digital technologies and data analytics is disrupting traditional business models, changing the way linear assets are designed, built, inspected, and operated. The COVID-19 pandemic, technological advancements, and regulatory changes, as well as the […]
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