The energy industry is undergoing a once-in-a-generation change, transforming for the better.
This has been prompted by supply and reliability concerns, a growing focus on renewable energy, advances in technology, and changing customer expectations. Underpinning much of this change are energy networks – particularly the transmission system that transports electricity from sources of generation to points of consumption.
As we move away from coal-fired generators, and see the increasing effects of climate change, energy networks will be fundamental to the transition to a cleaner energy future. This transition will support a sustainable, affordable and secure power system that can provide long-term solutions to energy-related challenges.
How we can help
We can help you navigate the policy, technological, regulatory and commercial drivers that underpin the energy transition and the energy sector more generally, as well as the risks and opportunities that arise. We advise on the full spectrum of legal issues, including:
- all types of energy projects – solar, wind, pumped hydro, waste to energy, behind the meter and battery storage;
- regulatory reform and compliance;
- new energy technologies, including hydrogen;
- electricity and gas contracting, both wholesale and retail;
- electricity distribution and transmission connection agreements; and
- helping our oil and gas clients navigating decarbonisation and decommissioning.
To find out more about our capabilities and how we can help across the full spectrum of energy, visit energy in focus.
Leading the way in renewables
Having advised on many renewables projects in every Australian jurisdiction, we can guide you through the complex and broad-ranging legal issues associated with the development, acquisition, sale and financing of renewable energy assets. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge deals, including corporate and other PPAs, and the development and integration of utility-scale storage and behind-the-meter assets.
The right team with the right experience
Our team includes specialists in electricity and gas industry regulation, competition policy, environmental regulation, project finance, IP strategy for new technologies, corporate restructuring, privatisation and corporatisation. They provide unrivalled value through their intimate understanding of the local regulatory environment and current market trends, and network of contacts across the industry.
Setting the agenda for the future of the sector
We regularly advise both the public and private sector on a range of significant regulatory matters. Our work includes supporting the market bodies in relation to the drafting and implementation of fundamental policy reform, which means we are across the latest developments, and can offer unique insights into current policy thinking and direction (in relation to specific regulatory agendas, such as transmission access reform and the Integrated System Plan, and updates to the national electricity and gas rules more generally).