The Australian Government will invest $125 million to help finance the development of grid infrastructure critical to the delivery of Snowy 2.0.
Academia and industry experts will team up to advance the development of a hydrogen supply chain between Australia and Germany. The Australian Government has selected a consortium led by the UNSW to deliver the ‘German-Australian Supply Chain Feasibility Study of Hydrogen produced from Renewables’.
Australia’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation is becoming a reality, with the trial of new energy technologies in remote Western Australia.
The Australian Government has announced $8 million in grants to support manufacturing companies in commercialisation. Included is a hydrogen fuelled scramjet engine to put satellites into low-level orbit, and a pilot plant to manufacture batteries using Australian supply chains.
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is developing a new serial number ledger capability to strengthen the integrity of the solar industry. The ledger will store all solar panel serial numbers supplied to the Australian market and eligible for small-scale technology certificates.
The Australian Government and Government of Victoria will jointly underwrite early works to progress the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector (VNI) West project – with a preferred route known as KerangLink – for delivery by 2027.
The Victorian Budget 2020-21 will invest $1.6 billion to create renewable energy hubs across the state, improve crucial grid infrastructure, decarbonise the energy system and support more Solar Homes.
The Queensland Government has delivered on its promise to establish a $500 million renewable energy fund. This is despite dividends derived from government-owned energy assets being hit by lower electricity prices and new network pricing determinations.
The NSW Government has released a 20-year energy plan to deliver Renewable Energy Zones, energy storage (such as pumped hydro) and on-demand supply.
The Government of South Australia has launched a $240 million hydrogen project which will become the largest green ammonia plant in the world. A further $37 million has been allocated for upgrading the Port Bonython jetty to support the state's export potential.
The Queensland Government is committing a further $10 million over the next 4 years to develop the renewable hydrogen industry in Queensland. The investment brings the government's total funding commitment to the hydrogen industry to $25 million.
The Government of Victoria is installing a 300 megawatt battery just outside of Geelong to be ready by the 2021-22 summer. Construction of the battery will create more than 85 jobs.
The NSW Government has approved plans for development of a 65MW solar farm and 19MW lithium-ion battery in Tamworth.
Albany residents could be cooking with recycled gas harvested from a waste disposal facility, pending the outcome of a feasibility study supported by the Government of Western Australia.
The Government of South Australia is investing $60 million over the next 2 years to improve energy efficiency in government buildings. The commitment is the largest per capita stimulus investment of any Australian government in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings.
Health facilities across New South Wales will save on electricity bills and reduce their carbon footprint under a $20 million NSW Government initiative for energy-saving projects.
The NSW Government will begin the transition of its entire bus fleet to zero emissions within the decade, starting with 120 electric buses in 2021. The first 50 electric buses will service Sydney routes in the inner west, south west and north.
The Government of Victoria will invest $20 million in a statewide trial to investigate solutions to achieve a zero-emission bus fleet.
Australian Capital Territory drivers will soon be able to access a zero interest loan of up to $15,000 and free registration for buying an electric vehicle (EV), making it the most EV-friendly jurisdiction in Australia.
Legislation to double Tasmania's renewable generation to a global-leading target of 200% of the state's current needs by 2040 has passed both houses of parliament.
Weeks after tabling legislation to lock in the nation-leading renewable energy target of 200% by 2040, the Tasmanian Government has pledged to transition its car fleet to 100% electric vehicles by 2030.
Iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals has unveiled plans to build more than 235GW of renewable capacity to become a supplier of green energy and hydrogen that would rival the country’s biggest oil suppliers in terms of energy produced.
Woolworths Group will power its entire operations with renewable electricity by 2025, on the road to net positive carbon emissions by at least 2050. The ambitious power pledge is part of the retail group’s newly announced sustainability plan.
Australia's entire financial sector, including the big 4 banks, major insurers, fund managers and superannuation funds, are calling for an institutionally embedded collective target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Meat & Livestock Australia's ‘Carbon Neutral by 2030 Roadmap’ has set a path for making Australian meat the most sustainable in the world.
Switching to renewable energy sources, 64 strata buildings in New South Wales will change from coal-generated electricity plans to green-solar electricity, saving a total of $681,000 annually and up to $60,000 per building.
The Australian Government is supporting a distributed energy resources (DER) marketplace trial project in which households and businesses will be able to buy and sell electricity and grid services through the wholesale electricity market.
The Australian Government will support a trial of various EV charging methods on 300 users across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. The project will demonstrate how an EV plugged in at home can be best used to store energy and provide it back to the grid.
The Australian Government and NSW Government are backing Australia’s first biomethane-to-gas project that will see thousands of New South Wales homes and businesses using renewable gas for cooking, heating and hot water.
The Government of Victoria will invest $797 million to help Victorians cover the cost of their power bills and make homes more energy efficient. This will be the biggest household energy-efficiency package in any state’s history.
Some progressive residential estates are using design controls to lay down the law on a high sustainability standard. It’s not proving a deterrent for buyers, with lots in these estates selling like hotcakes.
When it comes to reducing your electricity costs, it’s the little changes and simple habit swaps that result in big savings. From switching light bulbs to preventing ‘phantom electricity’ usage, here are 5 easy bill-cutting moves to make.
Reports and analysis
The Australian Government's 2020 Resources and Energy Major Projects report shows a 19% increase in the number of resources and energy projects under development in 2020 compared to the previous year.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released its Summer Readiness Plan, with sufficient energy supply forecast across the National Electricity Market (NEM), but uncertainty remains on the impact of COVID-19.
Newly released data in the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Wholesale Markets Quarterly Q3 2020 report shows wholesale electricity and gas prices remained low during the third quarter of 2020, dropping to levels not seen since 2014 and 2016 respectively.
A report from the AER reveals thousands of households and small businesses in energy debt and struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual Retail Markets Report 2019-20 shows debt owed by small businesses growing from $35 million in March 2020 to $45 million in June 2020.
The AER has released the Value of Distributed Energy Resources report (VaDER). The report recommends a methodology to determine the value of distributed energy resources that can be used by networks in investment proposals to integrate DER into the grid.
A report by the CER shows Australia's share of renewable energy in electricity generation is expected to reach around 30% by the end of 2020, with capacity deploying 10 times faster than the global average.
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Australian property companies have recorded a continuous 10-year run at the top of the global GRESB Real Estate Assessment ranking in 2020.
APAC Buiofuel Consultants have found Australian motorists are continuing to shun biofuels against global trends, as local supply tightens and growth incentives fall short.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed $9.6 million to support technology company Sunman in the development of its innovative eArc solar PV panels. The technology has potential to revolutionise Australia’s use of rooftop solar, delivering lightweight, flexible panels that can be used across a wider range of applications than existing glass panels.
CSIRO has signed an agreement with US-based GTI to join a Joint Industry Program on the development of a supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power plant that could assist mining companies to reach large renewable energy targets.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $341,990 in funding to Diffuse Energy. The company will demonstrate the effectiveness of its micro wind turbine technology for use on off-grid telecommunications towers and broader remote applications.
NUW Energy, an Australian-first collaboration of the best researchers from three leading universities, is working on finding the best solutions to Australia’s future energy needs and ways to lower energy costs for households.
The CSIRO and Monash University have developed a revolutionary device that captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Its inventors say it’s the most cost-effective method of capturing CO2 yet devised.
University of Sydney researchers have made a critical breakthrough by finding a much more efficient means of turning water into hydrogen.
A Singaporean business offering air conditioning as-a-service has its sights set on Australia, which could bring cheaper, ultra-efficient cooling to Australian buildings.
Allume Energy’s SolShare technology equitably spreads the solar among residents of community housing and apartment buildings that can install PV on top. It has achieved the certification to enable residents of ‘multi-family units’ across America to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.
One method of bringing down the cost of EVs would be to attack the cost of the metals that go into a lithium-ion battery. If recycled metals become a large, reliable source for batteries, they will be competition for mined metals, helping to stabilise prices.
Engineers claim the digitalisation of electricity through the implementation of virtual power plants using internet-of-things (IoT) and AI technology will lead to cheaper energy and more stable electricity networks.
Sophia Wang is Chief Operations Officer of MCi, a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and other valuable industrial products. Sophia discusses MCi’s Carbon Capture and Use process and why she’s a passionate advocate for seeing carbon as a valuable resource.
An electrical engineering student in the Philippines has found a way to work around the inconsistency of solar energy by harvesting unseen ultraviolet light that’s present no matter the weather. It could soon be turning the windows and walls of buildings into a rich new source of electricity.
Perovskite solar cells are rapidly catching up to their silicon forebears in terms of efficiency but continue to lag behind in production speed. Researchers at Stanford University in the US have developed a method of making perovskite solar cells at up to 12 metres per minute, which is even faster than silicon.
A group of geologists in Dunedin are hoping to reduce carbon emissions by drilling deep into an extinct 11-million-year-old volcano harness its heat. The wells would enable the heat flow from the magma to be monitored, providing data on whether there is sufficient heat to be tapped into.
The UK government has announced a 10 point plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The plan includes an investment of £12 billion into clean energy technologies and the creation of 250,000 green jobs.
The new-look Energy Technology List (ETL) website has been launched by the UK government to help simplify the purchasing of energy-efficient products. A search-and-compare feature will enable businesses and the public sector to quickly find verified products to cut their energy bills and reduce emissions.
Ministers from African countries representing nearly three-quarters of the continent’s energy consumption have met with global energy leaders to consider how to revitalise the African energy sector and enable a sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.
General Motors has begun building a US$2.3 billion battery factory with the capacity to produce at least 30GWh of batteries each year. The investment is just a fraction of the US$20 billion GM will be pouring into electric and autonomous cars by 2025.
Beginning in June 2021, buildings constructed in San Francisco will be barred from having natural gas heating, gas appliances or gas fireplaces. The ordinance will affect the planned development of more than 54,000 homes and 32 million square feet of commercial space.
Following an architecture competition, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been commissioned to design a student centre for Johns Hopkins University in the US. Named The Village, the facility is conceived as an oversized living room with a timber structure and roof covered in solar panels.