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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 on policy and regulation; and a view to uncovering the conditions and environment…

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

Energy & Utilities

Wind versus solar – the obsolete debate

Wind Wind power is the fastest growing energy source in the world. It is clean, renewable, cost effective; but it is not a panacea. Wind is inherently an intermittent resource, with high degrees of variability across areas, regions, seasons and time of day. Wind energy requires high average and consistent wind speeds, which are typically…

23 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Technology

How Horizon Power are developing their microgrid capability

Last year Horizon Power deployed Western Australia’s first multi-function utility grade battery in Carnarvon. The battery - which is capable of generating 2 MW of power for one hour - will be used to optimise spinning reserve and is expected to save hundreds of thousands in maintenance and fuel costs in the process. The initiative…

9 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Solar PPAs – working towards a more sustainable future

With the amplification of corporate sustainability commitments and an increasingly volatile energy market, many corporations are now looking at renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), as a means of buying ‘green benefits’ for their brand and hedging against rising electricity costs. Even previously ambivalent companies are beginning to show a strong interest. Energy bills have increased…

19 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Forecasting winners and losers in emerging digital energy tech

The Australian Technologies Competition has seen a number of “ground-breakers, risk-takers, challenge-seekers and game-changers” in the Energy space, since its inception in 2012. John O’Brien is Managing Director of the competition’s founding company Australian CleanTech, and is due to present at the Digital + Energy Summit this May in Sydney. In advance of his presentation,…

16 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Managing renewable energy intermittency: Case study of Genex’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub

Australia has made a giant leap towards a future in renewables, largely owing to the pioneering work of Genex Power. Just last week, the firm announced plans to develop the third component of their Kidston Renewable Energy hub - a 150MW capacity windfarm - to be incorporated into the hub’s existing large scale solar and…

11 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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