Queensland’s new energy transition laws

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Clean Economy Jobs Act 2024 (Clean Economy Jobs Act) and the Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Act 2024 (Renewable Transformation Act) to enshrine Queensland’s renewable energy targets and greenhouse gas emissions targets into legislation. The Queensland Government has also introduced a Bill proposing to expand the scope of the GasFields Commission Queensland and rename it as Coexistence Queensland. Read more

Offshore wind in Australia – Consultation opens on draft regulations covering management plans and financial security

The draft regulations have been highly anticipated as they provide further detail around regulation of offshore electricity infrastructure. Notably, this includes the process and requirements for submission and approval of management plans for activities and payment of financial security. Both are required prior to feasibility licence holders commencing regulated activities. The draft regulations are accompanied … Read more

Queensland’s hydrogen laws under review

The Queensland Government has released a consultation paper on options for better regulation of Queensland’s hydrogen industry. The Department of Energy and Climate is inviting feedback on the proposals until 1 March 2024. Read more

New year, new environment legislation

2024 is tipped to be a big year for environmental law reform, as the Commonwealth Government prepares to introduce legislation to replace the existing Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). While draft legislation is yet to be introduced, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) has been consulting about the proposed reforms, with some of the consultation papers released for public comment by 30 March 2024. HSF looks at the proposed new framework for Commonwealth environmental approvals. Read more

Have your say on the draft NSW energy policy framework

To support the clean energy transition, draft guidelines for wind, solar, transmission, benefit-sharing and private agreements have been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. This new policy package should be reviewed by existing and prospective applicants of clean energy and transmission projects in NSW. Read more