In a gift to voters ahead of the Eden Monaro by-election, the Morrison government waves through environmental approval for Snowy 2.0.
Morrison government to fast-track approval of Marinus Link interconnector, that is set to unlock new investment in wind and storage as part of “Battery of Nation” project.
Off river pumped hydro sites using old mines or reservoirs are likely to deliver lower cost energy storage than other pumped hydro options.
Controversial Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project receives planning approval from NSW government, but questions remain about its environmental and economic impacts.
Snowy 2.0 tops a list of projects to be fast-tracked through the planning system, as the NSW government looks for major construction stimulus opportunities.
AEMO flags changes to Integrated System Plan after seeing cost of battery storage fall sharply, and acknowledging cost of new transmission, pumped hydro and gas plants has jumped.
Hydro Tasmania pushes case for “deep storage” as cheapest and most resilient option for a renewables grid, and wants to make sure regulators have the right modelling.
Parliament’s suspension means the Morrison government’s key energy initiatives, including the $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund, are stalled, along with private investment.
Snowy 2.0 tunnel segment factory gets planning approval as environmental groups and energy experts call for project to be halted, pending independent review.
NSW and ARENA chip in funding to complete feasibility study into 600MW/7,200MWh pumped hydro project, central to New England REZ plans.