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Jemena gas distribution costs to fall

A Federal Court has decided to reject all but one of the appeals brought by the Australian Energy Regulator against the Australian Competition Tribunal’s determination for Jemena Gas Networks, for the period of 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020. Jemena’s Executive General Manager of Customer and Markets, Shaun Reardon, said the decision reinforces the […]

AGL’s new power trading trial

A new trial by AGL, IBM Australia, Marchment Hill Consulting and ARENA is investigating how blockchain distributed ledger technology could enable households and businesses to trade or share power with each other. Blockchain technology, which was originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin and is used in other industries such as financial markets, is being […]

Sewer main and lagoon works for Kyneton

Coliban Water has announced a $1.6 million sewer main renewal and trade waste lagoon desludging project in Kyneton, Victoria, to be completed using two trenchless techniques. Manager Assets and Operations Steve Dunlop said the works include renewing 1.1km of sewer main from the Jeffrey Street sewer pump station to the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant. “This […]

Regional Victoria thrives with new natural gas pipeline

The construction of a new $8 million, 14km natural gas pipeline has meant that more than 1300 homes and businesses in regional Victoria are now able to benefit from the use of natural gas. The country’s leading gas distribution company, Australian Gas Networks, has built the gas pipeline from Pakenham South to Koo Wee Rup, […]

AGL appoints new members to executive team

AGL has created two new leadership positions in its executive team designed to maximise opportunities in specific markets. AGL Energy Limited (AGL) announced the appointment of Melissa Reynolds to the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer and the promotion of Richard Wrightson to the position of Executive General Manager, Wholesale Markets. Ms Reynolds and […]

ARENA to gauge industry interest in renewables

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is seeking industry information regarding concentrated solar thermal (CST) projects and how they may generate reliable, affordable renewable energy with built-in storage for our national grids.   The new call aligns with the Federal Government’s offer to make up to $110 million available for an equity investment to accelerate […]

Australian Competition Tribunal’s findings backed by Federal Court

The Federal Court has upheld the Australian Competition Tribunal decision to set aside key aspects of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) original 2014-2019 revenue determination for NSW and ACT Networks. By law, the Tribunal cannot overturn decisions unless it results in a better outcome for customers. The relevant energy networks will work closely with the […]

Seqwater completes water grid upgrade

More than 50,000 residents in Brisbane’s north-west now have reliable access to drinking water as Seqwater has finished replacing one of the oldest pipelines in the SEQ Water Grid. The $4.2 million upgrade started in July 2016, with construction carried out between Ashgrove and Enoggera over the past nine months. The work involved retiring a […]

Sydney Water awards technology contract

After an extensive vetting process, Sydney Water has chosen a new consortium as its technology partner. Sydney Water has selected a consortium led by Wipro Ltd., comprising CapGemini and Ernst & Young to design, build and run its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Billing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. The solution will be based on […]

Reconciliation a priority for major Victorian water utility

A new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was recently launched by Yarra Valley Water, the largest metropolitan Melbourne retail water utility. The RAP, which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, symbolises a commitment to reconciliation, and will be incorporated into the way Yarra Valley Water provides its services to customers, its relationship with the environment, and […]

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