Australia's energy industry is changing rapidly, spurred by shifting national policy reform, supply and reliability concerns and a growing focus on renewable energy.
Australia holds 1000 years’ worth of coal, plentiful gas and 40% of the world’s known uranium deposits. However, due to the increasing effects of climate change, there has been a shift towards renewable energy. Estimates suggest solar and wind will attract significant private investment in the short-term, spread over more than 70 projects.
Disaggregation, corporatisation and privatisation have broken down traditional energy markets, creating major opportunities for investors, financiers and operators.
Australia’s future climate change policies and how they may influence the shape of the Australian energy sector in the long term will help with a transition to a more sustainable, affordable and secure energy system that provides solutions to energy-related challenges.
How we can help
At a time of unprecedented industry transformation, we help you navigate policy, technological, regulatory and commercial drivers that underpin the transition and the risks and opportunities that are presented by this change. We advise on the full spectrum of legal issues including:
- build-own-operate energy projects,
- electricity and gas purchase contracts,
- electricity distribution and transmission connection agreements,
- coal and gas supply and transportation, and
- behind the meter projects.
The right team with the right experience
Our team includes specialists in electricity and gas industry regulation, competition policy, environmental regulation, industrial relations, project finance, corporate restructuring, privatisation and corporatisation. They add value to projects through their intimate understanding of the local regulatory environment, current market trends and their network of contacts across the industry.
Leading the way in renewables
Having advised on almost every renewables project in Australia, we can help you deal with 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 solar thermal assets.
Setting the agenda for the future of the sector
We regularly advise on a range of significant regulatory matters, including the establishment, regulation and ongoing development of energy markets in Australia and the Asia region.