The Energy and Water Ombudsman of NSW aims to cut red tape for life support customers; a roundtable of business, environment and social interests urges climate change action; and Angus Taylor's CEFC investment changes are met with opposition.
AEMO's 2020 ESOO shows less risk this summer, but more action required to support the grid; the CEFC expects hydrogen to move on to the agenda in the next two years; and energy minister Angus Taylor tries to pass legislation for the A$1b Grid Reliability Fund.
The Australian Energy Market Operator's 2020 ESOO showed a dampening down of last summer's unserved energy worries, but concerns about DER were becoming more pressing as Covid-19 failed to impede their uptake.
Unions and doctors call for energy leadership; federal resources minister Keith Pitt says offshore exploration will help Australia's economy recover; while the ACT government sees a 'strong role for renewables' in the territory's Covid-19 recovery.
Pollution from Australia's ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations threatens public health; ACCC chairRod Sims is concerned reliability standard changes will push power bills up; and Labor and the Greens want to disallow federal funding for Shine Energy.
The NSW government expects REZ funding to help coal-reliant communities; NT voters want gas, the federal resources minister says; and a report from the Australian Industry Group backs electrification and energy efficiency.
The A$120 million plus the NSW government plans to invest in renewable energy zones will help coal-reliant communities cope with the transition to renewable energy, government representatives told a parliamentary inquiry.
Energy ministers declined to put a limit on the ESB's existence; federal energy minister Angus Taylor intends to table the A$3.3m Shine Energy grant next week; and Queensland seeks A$5m in federal funding for a study on a gas pipeline from the Bowen Basin.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese plays down frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon's comments about a party split; Queensland will spend A$145m on renewable energy zones; and farmers back net zero by 2050 as investors call for more robust climate disclosure.
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