The government's technology roadmap, which it may struggle to pass through the Senate, missed EVs and energy efficiency; independent Helen Haines releases her A$483m regional renewables policy; and China announces a 'carbon neutral' plan for 2060.
ARENA's new funding, and expanded remit, draw bouquets and brickbats; the government is considering the Million Jobs Plan as part of its pre-Budget process; and energy market participants can keep cooperating until March due to Covid-19.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison launches his gas recovery plan, plus interconnector fast tracking; Labor backs away from a 2030 emissions target; and buy now, pay later will be allowed for solar panels after an Australian Competition Tribunal ruling.
Australia's hydrogen carbon certification needs to be both simple and internationally aligned; Anthony Albanese says Australia should position itself as a renewable super power; and the ESB looks at tightening the Retailer Reliability Obligation trigger this summer.
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.
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.
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