South Australia launches a plan to stabilise its grid, including stopping solar from feeding in when needed; low-interest loans for refineries are on the table after McKinsey ran the ruler over the industry; and Australia's electricity emissions dropped 5% during peak lockdown.
Victoria lifts the onshore gas moratorium, with fracking legislation pending; industry urges government action to make buildings more energy efficient; and ANZ's chief economist says we need climate action, while BMW's Australian CEO wants more support for electric vehicles.
WA's grid is decentralising and that presents both opportunity and risk, AEMO says; unions push for Marinus Link to remain in public hands after unclear fast-track announcement; and the CEFC backs an EV charging company, while the Energy Minister reiterates he won't set a target.
The Marinus Link gets approval priority from the Commonwealth government; there's more talk of a domestic fuel reserve, but no concrete plan yet; and LNG imports will become increasingly important next decade as local supply dwindles, a new report says.
The NSW government approves Narrabri, now it's up to the Independent Planning Commission; energy enterprise agreements are on the agenda for IR reform; and the company behind a proposed new coal plant in Queensland feels used for political gains.
Businesses, utilities and industry have joined together to lobby the government on biomethane; the AEMC announces demand response will be in place by summer of 2021; and Shine Energy's CEO says the government tried to 'white clad' his business as it pushes for a new coal plant in Collinsville.
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