An industry-led hydrogen certification is unlikely to back CCS; Basslink is ordered to pay almost A$40m for 2016 cable outage; and the gas industry pushes back hard on potential domestic price intervention.
The Morrison government comes under international pressure to commit to net zero by 2050 — or earlier; rules around smart meters could be changed to bolster the grid, with uptake slower than expected; and industry moves ahead on green hydrogen certification.
Environment groups say they'll keep working after the federal approval of the Narrabri gas project; rooftop solar could double by the end of 2024; and Angus Taylor continues the government's shift toward "net zero as soon as possible".
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.
Angus Taylor says he wants state energy policies to be "upfront"; Victoria and the Commonwealth will jointly underwrite early works on a new interconnector; and the energy department warns oil and gas investment has slowed.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor rejects report on gas decline; the government announces a consortium for work with Germany on hydrogen; and the ESB progresses changes to the retailer reliability obligation to energy ministers for final approval.
Scott Morrison is unmoved on net zero in talks with Japan's Prime Minister; ARENA will part-fund an EV trial for smart and bi-directional charging; and AGL delays a decision on a new gas plant in response to the NSW energy roadmap.
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.
'Start planning now for a future without gas' is the message from a new Grattan Institute report, with The Australian Institute also arguing the benefits of the fuel have been oversold by the Morrison government.
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