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Australia's energy market is transforming. This transition is inspiring as we look to a greener energy future, but getting there will involve significant change in terms of regulation, the generation mix and the network infrastructure which underpins the system. ...

Navigating the energy transition
Insight 09 Jun 2021

Australia is rapidly transitioning away from a centralised, coal-based energy system to one that is more decentralised and focused on renewable energy. This transition is being accompanied by increasing scrutiny of the human rights performance of renewables projects, including new benchmarking and a greater number of complaints. It is critical to know what practical steps to take towards implementing and embedding a strong approach to human rights compliance. ...

A tale of two courts: are wind farm assets fixtures or chattels?
Insight 09 Jun 2021

Wind farms and other renewable energy sponsors should be aware of two recent decisions of the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, which have raised doubt over whether wind farm assets are chattels or fixtures. We briefly explore the key findings of each court and consider some broader repercussions of these decisions for the renewable energy industry. ...

The new 'fit-for-purpose' electricity system – four critical reforms
Insight 11 May 2021

The uptake of small and large-scale renewable energy, and the growth of demand-side technologies, has necessitated a new, fit-for-purpose electricity system that can recognise and respond to the changing energy landscape. In this insight, we discuss the key changes from the ESB. ...

Transitioning towards a renewable future
Insight 21 Apr 2021

Achieving the target of net zero remains at the forefront for the energy industry. As we increase investment in renewables and look for ways to improve efficiencies, new challenges emerge. Helpfully, there are a range of mitigation and management strategies that can be put in place to reduce risk and smooth the transition. In this Insight we outline some of those practical steps, including ones specifically geared towards managing or avoiding potential disputes during the development stages of a project. ...

Proposed Design and Place SEPP – creating further complexity in our planning system?
Insight 06 Apr 2021

The Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Design and Place SEPP, presently on public exhibition, signals major change to the assessment requirements for all development in NSW. Improving design outcomes in the built environment is important, but will the proposed SEPP be the right vehicle to achieve this objective, or will it add another layer to an already complex planning system? ...

Allens advises ACCIONA on 923MW MacIntyre Wind Farm partnership
News 19 Mar 2021

Allens has advised the energy division of ACCIONA on its agreement with Ark Energy Corporation, a new subsidiary of Korea Zinc Company, in relation to the 923MW MacIntyre Wind Farm development project in Queensland. ...

Renewables in Vietnam
Insight 28 Jan 2021

The demand for electricity in Vietnam is rising rapidly to power the growing economy. Forecasts predict an annual growth rate for  electricity of ‘near-double’ digits in the years to come. We provide an overview of the Vietnamese renewable energy market and discuss recent developments. ...

Allens advises Newcrest on renewable energy PPA
News 16 Dec 2020

The PPA, which is designed to meet part of the future energy requirements for Newcrest's Cadia Mine in central western NSW, is for approximately 55 per cent of the output of the proposed ~400MW Rye ...

Allens advises TransGrid on $61.9M Wallgrove Grid Battery
News 02 Nov 2020

The battery will be designed, constructed and maintained by Tesla, with dispatch control provided to Infigen as part of a 10-year services agreement for energy arbitrage and Frequency Control ...

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