ESB chair Kerry Schott says a new energy market agreement is needed; the Victorian government announces A$540m for renewable energy zones in its budget; and NSW considers a special zone around the Narrabri gas project.
Victorian budget to include A$800m energy spend; Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks hydrogen and carbon capture in Japan; and Tasmania will fund feasibility studies for three large-scale green hydrogen projects.
The Victorian government announced A$335 million for energy efficient heating for low-income households, A$112 million for energy efficiency upgrades to 35,000 public housing properties, and a A$250 payment to help 950,000 households pay the bills.
Industry bodies insist gas is still needed after report urges electrification; Victoria's hydrogen plan will see the state government take a 'central role'; and a Victorian network business sees more capex in its future to ensure the grid remains stable.
Victoria announces A$84m contract for big battery near Geelong; SA plans jetty upgrade to support hydrogen export industry; and AEMC consults on transmission financing reform that would shift forward cost recovery from consumers.
The Senate committee considering the Grid Reliability Fund Bill gives it a tick; the Deputy Prime Minister and Greens leader trade barbs over coal exports; and the NT opens procurement for a 35MW battery system to hasten move away from gas.
There's a backlog of 15,000 residential rooftop solar installations in Victoria from the 12 weeks spent in lockdown, and the head of Solar Victoria says the agency expects the state to reach 40% penetration within five years as battery demand heats up.
The A$1 billion Grid Reliability Fund bill could undermine the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a parliamentary inquiry hears; Angus Taylor says Labor's transmission plan won't bring down costs; and the International Energy Agency sees solar and gas as the big winners of the 2020s.
Renewables will reach 70% of WA grid supply by 2040, a new system plan shows; the NSW government deems the Oven Mountain pumped hydro project critical; and AGL Energy opens its case for the Crib Point gas import terminal in Victoria.
Reliability and recovery expected to be central to budget; Victorian energy minister 'very excited' about extra electricity procurement plans; and large scale batteries are in the CEFC's pipeline for the year ahead.
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