GENEX meet BESS Challenges and Opportunities

The PFI Global Energy Report 2022 includes a case study on GENEX’s recent financial close on their stand-alone 50MW/100MWh lithium-ion Bouldercombe Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). This article was written by members of Energy Sector team, partners Elizabeth Charlesworth, Peter Davis, and Kristen Percy, with solicitor Antonia Xu. To access the PFI Global Energy Report … Read more

Winds of change: an update on Australia’s offshore wind industry

Australia has made significant strides in its offshore wind industry in recent weeks, with the regulatory regime expected to commence on 2 June 2022. Victoria has announced Australia’s first offshore wind energy targets, and the Commonwealth Government released the exposure draft of the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Regulations 2022 for public comment. These are important steps … Read more

Can you judge a relationship by its contract?

Australia’s courts largely say yes in two employment disputes but context still matters. The principles deciding if a worker is an employee or independent contractor are a perennial subject of employment disputes the world over. Some useful answers on the point came on 9 February 2022, when the Australian High Court delivered decisions in CFMMEU … Read more

Unlocking the seas: Commonwealth Government introduces legislation to drive offshore renewable energy investment

The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 establishes a regulatory framework to facilitate the full life-cycle of offshore electricity infrastructure, from construction through to decommissioning, in the Commonwealth offshore area. Snapshot Once passed, the legislation will: establish a licencing framework for three categories of offshore electricity infrastructure activities in Commonwealth offshore areas: commercial (including feasibility), research … Read more

Australian Government splashes the cash in positive step towards cutting emissions

The Australian Government has committed over AUS$1.1 billion for hydrogen, CCS/CCUS and international technology partnerships. The funding comes from the 2021-2022 Federal budget and broadly consists of: AUS$275.5m for the development of four hydrogen hubs AUS$263.7m for the development of CCS/CCUS projects AUS$565.8m for international technology partnerships This week’s Federal Government’s commitment sees some AUS$1.1 … Read more

Wind farm assets: chattels or fixtures? The Ararat Wind Farm case

The Supreme Court of Victoria has confirmed that wind farm assets on leased land do not constitute land to be valued. This is significant in the context of Victorian Fire Services Levy, duty and income tax on sale for foreign investors. A recent test case in the Supreme Court of Victoria in AWF Prop Co … Read more

Renewable Energy in the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget

The 2020-2021 Victorian Budget will see an injection of Victorian Government capital to continue encouraging investment in renewable energy technologies across Victoria. The Victorian Government has announced that it will invest a total of $540 million over the next four years to establish six renewable energy zones (REZs) across Victoria. The REZ’s will be located … Read more