WA Electricity Industry Weekly News Roundup: 18 January 2021 – 24 January 2021

Headlines

The solar allure of WA’s new-model business park [18/01/2021]

Peel Renewable Energy is about to energise its 1.2 MW solar farm, which forms the heart of a fresh, phased microgrid approach to industrial-estate development. That is, grid infrastructure remains small, while the renewably powered microgrid grows to meet the needs of incoming businesses.

Wave energy researchers test waters off Albany as renewable sweet spot [18/01/2021]

Researchers from the University of Western Australia’s Wave Energy Research Centre have deployed a second wave monitoring device off the south coast city of Albany in a region researchers believe could serve as an important showroom for wave energy technology.

Kwinana refinery closure to shrink Australian-made fuel market by one-fifth [18/01/2021]

The closure of BP’s Kwinana oil refinery by the middle of the year will wipe out more than one-fifth of Australia’s fuel-making capabilities. The Kwinana refinery is the biggest in Australia, with a new report by industry market researcher IBISWorld finding it had a market share of 23.9 per cent in 2020-21 and provided about 70 per cent of WA’s fuel requirements.

Global infrastructure fund lands in Australia to feed gas to energy-hungry remote mines [19/01/2021]

I Squared Capital has acquired Perth-based Clean Energy Fuels Australia and will pump up to $500 million into an ‘energy transition platform’ to set up low-carbon and renewable energy assets across the country, with the first being a $100 million LNG terminal at Mount Magnet in WA’s Mid West.

Global investor buys local player, eyes $500m investment program [19/01/2021]

I Squared Capital sees its purchase of Clean Energy Fuels Australia providing a platform for a $500m investment program in Australia.

W.A. mines to add solar, batteries, with backing of state government [20/01/2021]

Another two mining operations in Western Australia’s Goldfields region will install solar power systems and, in one case, battery storage, after grants worth more than $2.6 million were awarded in the first round of the state’s $19 million Clean Energy Future Fund.

Renewables service 70% of WA’s electricity needs the majority of the past week [20/01/2021]

Western Australia has seen around almost three quarters of its midday summer electricity demands being met by solar and wind generation in five of the past seven days.

‘Super majors’ in running for State Government’s green, reneweable hydrogen dream at Oakajee in WA’s Mid West [21/01/2021]

Global energy groups have answered the State Government’s call to look over a plan to develop an export-based renewable hydrogen industry at Oakajee, north of Geraldton.

Hydrogen energy jackpot ‘ours if we act fast’, says Andrew Forrest [22/01/2021]

Fortescue Metals chairman Andrew Forrest is pitching hydrogen energy as Australia’s renewable energy future, predicting it could become a $US12 trillion ($15.5 trillion) global industry with the right policies.

Call to develop 1.5GW green hydrogen hub gets “super major” response [22/01/2021]

The Western Australian government has received 65 expressions of interest to produce and export renewable hydrogen at an industrial estate north of Geraldton – at least 10 of which were said to have come from global corporate “super majors.”

Announcements

WA Government: Clean energy projects to lower emissions and create jobs [19/01/2021]

$2.6 million awarded to two clean energy projects to reduce carbon emissions. The projects will create more than 365 construction jobs and 22 ongoing jobs. McGowan Government also launches second round of Clean Energy Future Fund

EPWA: Clean Energy Future Fund: Congratulations to the successful applicants for Round 1 [19/02/2021]

The Ministers for Energy and Environment have today announced the successful applicants under the first funding round of the Clean Energy Future Fund, at an event today in the Goldfields. […] The two successful applicants, Nomadic Energy and ResourcesWA, each demonstrated their ability to meet these objectives through their plans to deploy innovative renewable energy and energy storage technology to support mine sites in regional Western Australia.

Horizon Power: Solar installation contract awarded to local Aboriginal business [21/01/2021]

Horizon Power has awarded the contract for the installation of more than 300 kilowatts (kW) of rooftop solar on Shire of Derby / West Kimberley buildings to local Derby Aboriginal business Remote Solar Solutions.

Horizon Power: Local civil contractor wins Exmouth depot upgrade works [21/01/2021]

Long awaited improvements to Horizon Power’s Exmouth depot are a step closer to being realised, with local contractor Exmouth Civil winning the contract to refurbish the energy provider’s laydown yard.

Changes to Western Australia’s energy sector governance [22/01/2021]

New energy sector governance arrangements to take effect from July 1, 2021. Updated governance framework will better support ongoing energy transformation.

Publications

Transformation Design and Operation Working Group (TDOWG) Meeting 33 – Slides [20/01/2021]

Energy Sector Governance: Changes to the Regulatory Framework – Consultation Response Paper [22/01/2021]

Wholesale Electricity Market Amendment (Governance) Rules 2021 [22/01/2021]

Consultations

None this week.