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4 April 2019

What the 2019-20 Budget means for the utility industry

The highly anticipated 2019-20 Federal Budget, which was announced on the evening of Tuesday 2 April, has some significant outcomes for the utility industry, promising continued emissions reductions and financial assistance for energy bills, but lacking allocations for drought management and the water industry.

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Australia’s biggest lithium processing plant underway

The Albemarle Kemerton Plant is a $1 billion investment in Western Australia, and will become the country’s largest lithium hydroxide plant, with approval to produce up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of premium battery grade lithium hydroxide.

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Planning for a battery-powered future

The Federal Opposition’s announcement of a strategy for a cleaner transport future has been welcomed by Energy Networks Australia CEO, Andrew Dillon, who said that Energy Networks Australia is already working towards a future powered by batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

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New rules for customers experiencing financial hardship

The release of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Customer Hardship Policy Guideline on 29 March has been welcomed by the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON). “The Guideline is a positive step in improving energy retailer support for customers experiencing energy affordability issues,” Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW, Janine Young, said.

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Routine maintenance work ends in tragedy

A 39-year-old man has died in hospital, after being electrocuted during routine maintenance work in Sydney.

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Mackay Regional Council’s commercialisation success with MiWater

Mackay Regional Council has just signed a multi-million-dollar commercialisation deal with Australian technology company Taggle Systems.

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Operations transferred for Boneo Water Recycling Plant upgrade

South East Water has transferred operations of the Boneo Water Recycling Plant upgrade to the John Holland SUEZ Beca joint venture, with construction works now underway. The transfer marks an important milestone for the project that will deliver an innovative, safe and sustainable water recycling process for the local community.


Recycled biosolids contributing to environmental initiatives

Almost 8000 tonnes of sewage sludge has been recycled from the Warragul Wastewater Treatment Plant, thanks to a project undertaken by Gippsland Water. Sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, was dredged from the treatment plant lagoon, dewatered and transported via 221 truckloads to Gippsland Water’s Soil and Organic Recycling Facility for composting.


New machine learning tool to predict sewage overflows

A new piece of software will use machine learning to predict sewage overflows, and potentially avoid overflows entirely.


World-first microscale LNG plant

The Western Australian Government has teamed up with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the LNG industry to develop a world-first microscale LNG plant, as part of an LNG Futures Facility in Kwinana.


Exploration granted for country-first offshore wind project

An exploration license has been granted for Australia’s first offshore wind project, which could help address climate change concerns and create thousands of regional jobs.


New energy retailer announced

Online retailer, Catch Group, has expanded its services with the announcement of an Australian energy group called Catch Energy, which will provide competitively priced energy and gas plans in partnership with 1st Energy.

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