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The Australian Financial Review reported Canada’s Brookfield has made a $9.6bn takeover offer for grid owner AusNet Services, in the latest demonstration of the hunger among international players for Australian infrastructure assets that are well placed for the transition to low-carbon energy.

Sep 21 2021
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The Weekend Australian writes the Victorian Government has been criticised after opposing “coal-keeper” subsidies to coal plants just months after hatching a deal providing financial backing to keep EnergyAustralia's Yallourn coal plant open until 2028.

Sep 20 2021
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The Age reports Victorian Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio says any changes aimed at keeping the lights on must prioritise zero-emissions technologies ... While according to the Australian, ESB chair Kerry Schott has rejected claims an electricity subsidy could be used to extend the life of coal.

Sep 17 2021
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In the Australian Andrew Dillon, ENA chief executive, comments on the energy transition and says if Australia wants to enjoy the benefits of a modern economy, we need to get on with building transmission ... Elsewhere the paper reports APA Group has joined Stanwell and Japanese partners in a plan to create Queensland’s biggest green hydrogen project in Gladstone. 

Sep 16 2021
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The Adelaide Advertiser features a story on the importation of cheap solar panels ... While the Australian reports the OECD has delivered a "scathing assessment" of the Morrison government's climate change policies, warning it needs to massively accelerate the pace of Australia's decarbonisation efforts if it is to meet even its baseline targets.

Sep 15 2021
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The Australian reports the developers of the $10bn Star of the South wind farm off Victoria’s Gippsland coast plan to supply 20% of the state’s electricity once the Yallourn power plant closes.

Sep 14 2021
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The SMH claims NSW households could pay as much as $60 extra per year to cover a $2bn blowout in the cost of a new transmission link to take power supplied by the Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro project. Transgrid said the project was “a fundamental enabler” for new renewable energy supply and NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean said HumeLink would “undergo a robust cost-benefit analysis”.

Sep 13 2021
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According to the Australian, ARENA's chief says hydrogen production at a commercial scale may still be a decade away ... While ABC News reports on a new storage battery that can operate under extreme stress conditions. 

Sep 10 2021
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The Age reports Energy Minister Angus Taylor is to launch ARENA’s investment plan, as new regulations passed to expand the agency’s investment mandate to include carbon capture and storage and more uses of gas power ... News Corp also follows the announcement.

Sep 09 2021
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In the Australian Financial Review, AGL Energy Chair Peter Botten, writes that avoiding an energy transition crash will require governments and regulators to get the policy and investment settings right. The Australian also follows the story.

Sep 08 2021
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The Australian writes Resources Minister Keith Pitt has rejected a request from the UN for Australia to exit the coal sector by 2030 with the minister saying coal was keeping the lights on in Australia and “a number of other countries”.

Sep 07 2021
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The AFR Weekend has reported Australia's nascent offshore wind power sector is gearing up for a burst of activity after the federal government introduced legislation that allows clean energy projects to be built and operated off the coast, a move described as long overdue by trade unions.

Sep 06 2021
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The Australian Financial Review reports Australia's electricity market looks set to reduce its greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2050, but Energy Security Board chairman Kerry Schott warns sectors such as transport are unlikely to follow suit.

Sep 03 2021
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The Australian reports renewable developers and network operators have warned a pipeline of power generation and clean energy supplies could face delays unless major electricity transmission projects are delivered ... While Nine group reports energy and business lobbies are joining calls for Scott Morrison to set a net zero emissions deadline ahead of the UN climate conference. AEC chief executive Sarah McNamara said the industry had a key role in climate action.

Sep 02 2021
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In the Australian Financial Review, Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad says progress is urgently needed on key transmission lines to be ready to carry energy from the Snowy 2.0 project and other renewables projects in 2025 ... The Australian also follows the story reporting Snowy Hydro has called for transmission to be fast-tracked to ensure generation.

Sep 01 2021
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The Australian reports an ambitious plan to have Australia's entire power grid run from renewables for short bursts remains on track, with solar energy continuing to eat into the dominance of coal, according to the Australian Energy Market Operators.

Aug 31 2021
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The Australian Financial Review reports proposed reforms to the National Electricity Market would avoid wholesale prices needing to spike to ‘‘extraordinarily expensive'' levels at times to drive investment in new ‘‘firming'' generation, says Energy Security Board chairwoman Kerry Schott.

Aug 30 2021
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The Australian Financial Review follows the release of the ESB report, according to critics a proposed overhaul of the NEM risks extra costs for energy users. The Australian reports Victoria has signalled it could oppose subsidies being used to extend the life of coal generators … while The Age reports Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor says his plan to shake up the national energy market won't subsidise coal power.

Aug 27 2021
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In the Herald Sun, Angus Taylor writes the ESB’s proposed package of reforms are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ready Australia's electricity system for the future ... Released today, the ESB report argues the explosion in low-cost renewable energy production must be matched with “sufficient investment in reliable generation”, reports the AFR.

Aug 26 2021
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The Australian Financial Review follows the sale of Spark Infrastructure, CEO Rick Francis says there are no signs the company's renewable project pipeline will be "put on ice" ... The Australian reports Japan's Sumitomo and Rio Tinto have announced plans to explore hydrogen production in Queensland, as major Asian economies accelerate renewable energy development.

Aug 25 2021
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