Power & Utilities

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The power and utilities landscape in Australia is well into a period of significant transformation, driven by technological and competitive forces, as well as shifting customer expectations.

Globally, 81% of the energy mix is still based on fossil fuels, the same percentage as 30 years ago.

Due to the increasing effects of climate change, there has been a shift towards renewable energy. This transition needs to be towards an sustainable, affordable and secure power system that can provide solutions to energy-related challenges in a constantly evolving market.

Incumbent industry players like oil & gas, energy and construction will need to play a proactive role in building competitive advantage and staying ahead of new entrants in a constantly evolving market.

How we can help

We bring significant market knowledge and extensive experience in dealing with complex and broad-ranging legal and regulatory issues.

Leading the way in renewables

Having advised on almost every renewables project in Australia, we help you navigate the complex and broad-ranging legal issues associated with the development, acquisition and sale 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.

At the core of conventional power

We're leaders in negotiating the way through complex power legal issues, whether helping governments plan and implement reform or assisting new players in the business of generation, transmission, distribution and supply.

Navigating complex legal and commercial water issues

Whether constructing a pipeline or building a hydropower plant, properly planned and delivered infrastructure is critical to enhancing business competitiveness and promoting economic development. As many public sector infrastructure projects are now a partnership with private sector expertise or capital, it is important to have a legal team that understands the complexity of those arrangements.

 

Experience

Snowy Hydro 2.0 Expansion Scheme

Advised on the work associated with the 2,000 MW expansion scheme, including on all aspects of the funding, construction, environmental planning, regulatory and real estate aspects of the project. The unprecedented expansion will increase current capacity and  renewable energy storage capacity in Australia through new hydro technology.

Kwinana waste to energy project

Advised the lenders on the financing of the Kwinana waste to energy project, the first utility-scale waste to energy project in Australia.

National Electricity Market participants

Advised on regulatory requirements, including obtaining new registrations and transferring existing registrations under the National Electricity Rules, registration and compliance under the RET scheme, the network connection and compliance requirements of generators and large customers in the National Electricity Market, and demand curtailment agreements.

Establishment of the Powering Australian Renewables Fund

Advised AGL Energy on the establishment of its $2-3 billion Powering Australian Renewables Fund to develop, own and manage approximately 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure assets and projects.

ARENA battery storage funding

Advised on the funding of battery storage projects, including the Kennedy Energy Park combined large–scale wind and solar generation and battery storage project.

Origin Energy's Critical State Significant Infrastructure application for the Shoalhaven hydroelectricity scheme expansion

Advised on its application for the proposed $230 million expansion. Scheduled for completion before 2022, the expansion will contribute an additional 235MW of pumped storage generation to NSW's electricity mix of the future.

Goldwind Australia's acquisition of the largest operational wind farm in the southern hemisphere

Advised on its successful $110 million bid to purchase the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm Project and then advised on the development of the project and the project financing arrangements.

Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning's first renewable energy auction

Advised on the state's first renewable energy auction, which will deliver more than 900MW of new clean energy.

Powerchina Resources' first Australian renewable energy market investment in one of Tasmania's largest wind farms

Advised Powerchina Resources Ltd on its purchase of an 80% stake in Goldwind's Cattle Hill Wind Farm development project in Tasmania, being its first investment in the Australian renewable energy market. Once completed, this will be one of the largest wind farms in Tasmania.

Development, financing, restructure and disposal of the largest operating wind farm in Australia, Macarthur Wind Farm

Advised Meridian Energy on all aspects of the development, financing, restructure and disposal of its interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm, the largest operating wind farm in Australia. We subsequently advised joint venture partner and offtaker AGL on the restructure and disposal of its equity stake in the wind farm.

Octopus Investments on its first Australian, and largest global, renewable energy investment

Octopus Investments, through funding managed by it, partnered with renewable energy and storage company Edify Energy to develop the Darlington Point Solar Farm, a greenfield site in western NSW following an acquisition of a majority stake in the project company, Darlington Point Solar Farm Pty Ltd.

Corporate PPAs

Including for Snowy Hydro, Sydney Airport, Orora Limited, CBA, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Wesfarmers, Transport for NSW, Alinta, EnergyAustralia, Tomago Aluminium, Sydney Trains and Melbourne Water.