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International energy developments and their implications for Australian solar

  Capital investment into energy assets is increasingly vulnerable to policy and technology change and is at risk of being stranded due to the rate of renewable energy deflation. The Paris Agreement, UN IPCC Report, increased frequency of climate-induced extreme weather events and a growing public contempt for pollutants all point to the likelihood of…

12 Nov 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure

Continuing Snowy’s legacy

“Every time you sip your coffee in the morning, you must be thankful for Snowy. After all, Australia’s first ever coffee arrived in Cooma”, said Dean Lynch, Snowy 2.0 Relations Manager, ahead of the Snowy Region Construction & Development Conference. He is referring to the legacy of the Snowy Mountains Scheme – the 25-year, “nation…

29 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Managing uncertainty factors with gas turbine machine train shaft alignment

Shaft alignment is integral to rotor dynamic health within a gas turbine. Shaft misalignment leaves turbines exposed to reaction forces in the shaft couplings, plus bearing and seal damage, with down time costing millions of dollars each day. Despite this, details as ‘fine’ as shaft realignment are rarely incorporated into turnkey contracts. Ahead of the…

23 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Australian Financial Review National Energy Summit 2018 | Post event summary

“Remember the trilemma – affordable, reliable and cleaner energy? It’s like a three-legged stool – balance on just one of those legs for too long and eventually the stool topples over. The energy system breaks – and it breaks badly”, Energy Australia MD Catherine Tanna argued at this year’s Australian Financial Review National Energy Summit.…

15 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Uncategorised

Overcoming gas turbine failure at Darling Downs Power Station – A case study

When you are Australia’s largest gas turbine combined cycle power station, with a nominal capacity of 630 MWs, station design errors don’t come cheap. In fact, research has shown that mean direct costs for design errors in construction projects amount to 6.85 percent of the contract value, with mean indirect costs sitting at 7.36 percent.…

24 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

ACCC Chairman to present at AFR National Energy Summit

In the lead up to the AFR National Energy Summit- 10-11 October 2018, competition regulator ACCC announced last week its package of recommendations to reform the national energy market – the conditions of which have been described by the watchdog as “unacceptable and unsustainable’”. In a largely monopolized market, energy affordability is an ongoing concern…

17 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Energy & Utilities

ARENA’s perspective on the future of large scale batteries

Large scale batteries (LSB) were recently thrust into the spotlight when Minister Frydnenberg described storage as “the missing piece of the energy jigsaw”. Since then, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) - on behalf of the Australian Government – has committed $25 million to jointly fund two LSB projects in western Victoria, with the Victorian…

10 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Uncategorised

Jemena CEO’s perspective on the national energy crisis

Last year’s inaugural AFR Energy Summit made a significant impact on the development of a national clean energy transition plan; hosting more than 300 of the sectors top policy-makers and industry leaders. This year, the Summit returns with an even sharper focus; and a view to uncovering the conditions needed for Australia to resolve its…

26 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

Looming glut in LNG or supply shortfalls?

The last few years have written a somewhat depressing narrative for the LNG industry, with price-cuts, layoffs and untold balance sheet damage. But shifting environmental policy in China is now creating significant demand for gas, which may well alter market sentiments and indicate a more positive outlook in the years ahead. That is, providing demand…

21 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

ARENA’s perspective on the future of large scale solar

The start of the year saw record numbers of rooftop solar installations and large scale solar farm approvals in New South Wales and Queensland, prompting many to forecast a giant solar boom in the years ahead. But beyond these visible markers, what is really happening beneath the surface of Australia’s solar industry; and what supply…

14 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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