NSW's Chief Scientist says there are major opportunities for the state as it decarbonises; ACT's latest renewables auction delivers battery systems as well as wind; and Viva Energy pushes for state and federal funding to keep refinery running.
The ESB's post-2025 consultation shows a phasing out of coal; transmission access reform could bring A$8.2 billion in benefits over 40 years; and the energy minister declines to comment on a leaked report showing his plans for ARENA and the CEFC.
Federal and SA governments chip in for a A$60m virtual power plant; the government is considering making gas available to manufacturers at A$6/GJ; and the energy National Cabinet reform committee will focus on gas supply, the post-2025 market and the grid this summer.
The Clean Energy Regulator says the market is "post boom", not bust; NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hopes for a national emissions target, though thinks the state will surpass net zero by 2050; and Andrew Liveris backs renewables (and gas) for the Covid-19 recovery.
DISER officials unable to answer MP's questions about the A$3.6m Shine Energy grant; Mark Butler and Angus Taylor exchange criticism over CEFC bill; and Victoria will run a second VRET reverse auction as part of plan to encourage new renewable generation.
Coal-fired power plants in NSW and Queensland will come under financial pressure soon; Labor says it will oppose the EPBC Act reform bill; and the Senate votes in favour of casual miners' entitlements, but against disallowing Shine Energy's grant.
The federal government is helping proponents of the Hunter gas pipeline; SA Power Networks moves to upgrade voltage management, while there's solar industry concern about new regulatory reform; and WA changes its solar buyback to encourage batteries.
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