• Queensland to review gas sector

    Jul 16, 2015
    The Queensland State Government says it intends reviewing the $2 billion-a-year petroleum and gas industry. Whilst Queensland has enough gas, the Government has concerns domestic users could not access affordable, contracted gas.
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  • The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 passes through the Senate

    Jul 16, 2015
    Following on from the report in last month’s edition of the Energy Market Update, the Australian Senate, on 23 June 2015 passed the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 without amendment. This will see Australia's Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target reduced from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh in 2020.
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  • Victorian Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement released

    Jul 16, 2015
    The Victorian Labor Government recently released its high level Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement setting out its vision for the role of energy efficiency and the priorities required to deliver an energy efficient economy for Victoria.
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  • Issues paper released for the East Coast Gas Inquiry

    Jul 16, 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently released its issues paper for the East Coast Gas Inquiry. The issues paper sought information and responses from industry participants and other interested parties to assist the Regulator in its inquiry into the east Coast gas market.
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  • New Renewable Energy Target

    Jun 17, 2015
    Following lengthy negotiations, the Federal Government and Labor opposition have finally reached an agreement on a revised Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 gigawatt hours by 2020. This revises the target down from the 41,000 gigawatt hours target legislated in 2009.
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  • Changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Act

    Jun 17, 2015
    Building owners are reminded that they may be able to take advantage of the various new amendments to the Building Energy Efficiency regime, due to become operational on 1 July 2015.
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  • AEMC Embedded Networks Consultation Paper

    Jun 17, 2015
    The Australian Energy Market Commission, on May 21 2015 commenced consultation on a rule change request which aims to establish a regulatory framework for embedded electricity networks so that consumers within these networks are able to access to electricity retail market offers.
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  • Energy Storage – when is it coming?

    Jun 17, 2015
    Sydney has just hosted the Energy Storage Expo, so it's a good time to ask the question 'When is Energy Storage coming?'
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  • Market Conditions in South Australia Moving Forward

    Jun 15, 2015
    Alinta recently announced its intention to close the Playford B and Northern power stations located in Port Augusta. Learn more about how this is expected to impact future market conditions in South Australia.
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  • Energy White Paper

    May 15, 2015
    Following on from the Energy Green Paper in September 2014, the Federal Government's Energy White Paper was released on 8 April 2015 with the intention to set out an energy policy framework for Australia and indicate the Government's priorities for energy market reform and investment.
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  • 2015 Gas Statement of Opportunities

    May 15, 2015
    The Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2015 Gas Statement of Opportunities forecasts no supply gaps for any of Australia’s eastern and south-eastern gas markets over the short-term to 2019.
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  • Electricity competition in the Territory

    May 15, 2015
    The Northern Territory Government is undertaking a suite of reforms to promote competition and efficiency in the electricity supply industry and greater alignment of regulatory arrangements with those operating in the National Electricity Market.
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  • ACCC inquiry into Eastern and Southern Australian wholesale gas prices

    May 15, 2015
    On 13 April 2015, the Australian Government directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to commence a twelve-month public inquiry into the competitiveness of wholesale gas prices in Eastern and Southern Australia.
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  • AER Ruling on Network Charges

    May 15, 2015
    The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its final revenue determination for NSW distribution network businesses and its preliminary revenue determination for the Queensland and South Australia distribution network businesses.
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  • Competition Policy Review touches on the Gas and Electricity sector

    Apr 09, 2015
    The Harper Review of Competition Policy released in March 2015, whilst not primarily focusing on electricity and gas, did note that significant reform progress in the sector had been made but that progress had slowed.
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  • NSW Asset Sale

    Apr 09, 2015
    Following the Liberal Party’s state election victory in NSW, the privatisation of the Networks and $20 billion infrastructure program are now very likely to proceed.
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  • Changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Act

    Apr 09, 2015
    Amendments to the Building Energy Efficiency Act 2010 (Cth), designed to reduce the regulatory burden on building owners and landlords and facilitate the removal of the requirement to provide a certificate in certain circumstances will become operational on 1 July 2015.
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  • Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism

    Apr 09, 2015
    On 26 March 2015, the Department of the Environment released a consultation paper outlining design options for the Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism, the final element of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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  • WA Electricity Market Review

    Apr 09, 2015
    On 24 March 2015 WA Minister for Energy Dr Mike Nahan, launched Phase 2 of the Electricity Market Review and the State Government’s response to the Options Paper produced by the Phase 1 Steering Committee.
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  • Proposed Queensland Generator Merger

    Apr 09, 2015
    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has major concerns with the Queensland Labour government’s proposed plans to merge energy companies saying it would result in higher power prices.
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