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A commercial hydrogen sector – what needs to happen?

Building a fully-fledged, commercially viable, hydrogen sector will require both long-term planning and a sense of urgency, says Chief Executive of the Australian Hydrogen Council, Dr. Fiona Simon. Speaking with Informa Connect, ahead of the Australian Hydrogen Conference, Dr. Simon said that we need to be finding ways to activate the market now; but recognise…

3 Mar 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Ensuring liquid fuel security in Australia – an interview with Stuart Scott

Measures to ensure liquid fuel security in Australia will need to be far more “systemic” than just a net oil stockholding obligation, as per the current IEA agreement, says Stuart Scott of Wood Mackenzie. The 1979 agreement was formed at a time when Australia had ten oil refineries and less global competition. Today it only…

2 Mar 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure

Battery Storage Opportunities on the NEM, and learnings from the Hornsdale Power Reserve

Ahead of the Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference held this 25-26 February at the Swissotel Sydney we sat down with Energy Synapse’s Marija Petkovic for her take on the current opportunities for Battery Storage on the NEM, and learnings from the Hornsdale Power Reserve Case Study.   With the constant increase in renewables’ penetration…

18 Feb 2020, by Nicholas Mayfield

Energy & Utilities

Marginal loss factors – a barrier to clean energy investment?

Over the past few years, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has caused quite a stir when setting its marginal loss factors (MLF) - the annually-updated figures it uses to calculate the value of power lost through transmission in a choked energy grid. The draft figures for 2020-21, released in November, show a steep year-on-year…

13 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Maintaining consistent energy supply through improved grid stability

Renewable energy is rapidly increasing its penetration of Australia’s overall energy supply mix, with states like South Australia heading towards a 75 percent market share by 2025. By 2050, almost all of the country’s coal generators will have reached the end of their technical lifecycle and will not be replaced – in a national bid…

8 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

What you need to know before signing a corporate PPA

Amid spiralling electricity prices, an escalating gas crisis, and the ever-increasing likelihood (but uncertain nature) of carbon policy implementation, it is safe to say that Australia’s energy market is unpredictable at present. In these times, the certainty offered by a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) – a long-term arrangement in which power is purchased at…

16 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure | Mining & Resources

The Priorities and Potentials for INPEX in Northern Australia

SEAAOC, Northern Australia’s largest and longest established petroleum conference returns next week for it’s 24th year. No other programme attracts such a high calibre of speaker and delegate attendance from across the entire oil and gas world, and 2019 will be no different. Speaking this year we have Roland Houareau,General Manager, Northern Territory at INPEX and…

26 Aug 2019, by Informa Insights

Energy & Utilities

Solving Australia’s gas crisis – policy initiatives versus supply side response

Amid an escalating gas crisis, Australia is not short of ideas on how to elevate domestic supply. From gas reservation policies, to tougher export controls, prospective energy import terminals, and pipeline proposals and reforms, the gamut of policy initiatives and supply side responses is impressive. But to what extent do each have merit? “In short,…

25 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

Central Petroleum accelerating its penetration of the East Coast Gas Market

It has been an eventful half-year for Central Petroluem who have been kicking their developmental goals and setting lofty exploration targets for the quarter ahead. Most notably, the firm sold gas to the East Coast for the first time, a milestone which marks the pinnacle of a five-year effort to penetrate the market. The firm…

17 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Tackling Australia’s war on waste – an interview with Matt Genever of Sustainability Victoria

Australia’s “war on waste” took a sinister turn earlier this year when India confirmed that it will follow in China’s footsteps and place a ban on waste imports. Meanwhile, the Australian public’s concern over its own high garbage volumes, low resource recovery rates and linear (make-use-dispose) economy is growing. All of this overlaid by a…

8 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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