A big week in the WA energy sector, first with the launch of the state government’s climate and electric vehicles strategy, and the below-the-radar gazettal of the first tranche of WEM Rule changes as part of the broader WEM Reform agenda.
Hydrogen and batteries fuel climate policy [30/11/2020]
Electric vehicles and a $100 million, 100MW battery will be integral to the state government’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Western Australia’s Labor-led McGowan Government announced on Monday the members of its Future Battery Industry taskforce which will seek to grow the state’s future battery industry.
The most recently built coal generator in the country, the Bluewaters coal complex near Collie in Western Australia, has had its value written off completely by one of its joint owners – the Japanese industrial giant Sumitomo – and it appears that the growing impact of rooftop solar in that state is largely the reason.
The Western Australian government will offer royalty rebates to three of the state’s active lithium producers, in an effort to help the industry ride through a difficult period of low prices.
Onslow, a tiny coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia known for its cattle farms and gold mines, has this week been recognised for having one of the world’s most advanced microgrids.
The latest data from PV market analysts SunWiz shows Australian households and businesses installed another 277MW of solar across the country for the month of November, topping the 252MW of new capacity installed in October. Western Australia added a new high for that state of 32MW.
While many of Australia’s states have announced concrete policies and plans to achieve deep emissions cuts in the short term on the pathway to net zero by 2050, Western Australia’s new climate policies lack sufficient ambition. Though the state’s Labor government recently announced a relatively ambitious plan to build a long electric vehicle charging route, the state’s broader emissions footprint is likely set to exceed targets and continue rising. The Labor government recently announced a wide-ranging climate policy that included funding for a 100 megawatt battery, funding for hydrogen, climate science, adaptation and an electric vehicle strategy, but there is little detail on concrete, short-term emissions reductions, and how they differ from “business as usual” for the state.
Western Australian Climate Policy outlines exciting opportunities for new cleaner industries and supports transition to a low carbon economy. Follows commitment to work with all sectors of the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Policy focuses on reducing emissions, while creating jobs and growing the economy. New initiatives include $21 million Electric Vehicle Strategy, a $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program, more than $100 million towards the 100 megawatt big battery and commitment to reduce emissions across WA’s public sector. Builds on initiatives already underway as part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan
Electric Vehicle Strategy to reduce emissions, drive economic growth and create jobs. A key part of the Western Australian Climate Policy, the EV Strategy will support the uptake of electric vehicles in Western Australia. Strategy includes creation of Australia’s longest electric vehicle charging network. McGowan Government investing almost $21 million in an Electric Vehicle Fund.
McGowan Government announces members of Future Battery Industry taskforce. Government looking to attract global cathode active materials manufacturer to WA.
Horizon Power’s Onslow Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Project was announced State winner of the 2020 Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Awards, in the category of Regional Projects.
Energy Policy WA today published the Final Report, Tailoring customer protections for alternative electricity services – a registration framework. This Report provides detail on an alternative regulatory framework for new and emerging electricity business models.
McGowan Government continues support for vocational education and training in the energy sector. 22 apprentices and trainees graduated today as part of Western Power’s entry-level programs.
WA Government Gazette No. 196 [30/11/2020]
Wholesale Electricity Market Rules [1/12/2020]