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The Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill

 

The Federal government has introduced the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 into parliament. This intends to build a framework to facilitate the development, construction, operation and decommissioning of fixed and floating renewable generation and transmission projects in Australia’s territorial sea. It also has the potential to apply to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. 

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New developments in the hydrogen industry

We can expect significant legislative reform for the hydrogen industry in the near future. This follows a review of all Australian laws (both Federal and State) in 2019 that found there were approximately 730 pieces of legislation and 119 standards related to the industry and recent developments that are seeking to develop the industry further.

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Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

The Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) has now been released to the public. The report, delivered by Professor Samuel, contains 38 individual recommendations to be implemented over two years.

In a recent media release, the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said that 'the Government was committed to working through the full detail of the recommendations with stakeholders.’