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Power & renewables

Net-zero emissions is fast approaching. Business leaders recognise their companies need to decarbonise, be more transparent, and put their environmental, sustainability and governance talk into action. The renewables sector is growing quickly, moving ahead.

MinterEllison works with clients to pursue opportunities, manage risks, understand the changing regulatory environment, and adapt business models to prepare for, and respond to, the evolving energy market.

The team advises on financing, acquisition, construction and development of traditional generation, networks, and a wide range of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, storage, hydro, hydrogen, biogas and waste mine gas projects. They help with the procurement process, assist with commercial agreements and transactions, respond to competition and regulatory requirements, and deal with tax, environment and planning and intellectual property issues.

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How we can help

The range of services we provide to clients include:

Investor confidence in Australian renewables. Download Australian Renewables Report 2021 to read more

How to close a power station and leave a positive legacy

More thermal power stations are approaching end-of-life. Communities are looking to station owners and government to be good stewards in the closure process, from the safe dismantling of the station, remediation and repurposing of the site to supporting the regions.

It requires meticulous planning and continuous community consultation and engagement. MinterEllison advised on the first fully-completed, successful closure and demolition of an Australian coal-fired power station for the Flinders Power group (Alinta Energy). Neil Gordon shares his insights in Closing a coal-fired power station

Throughout the program, we delivered legal advice with a lens on timeliness, responsiveness, safety, cost and compliance.”
Neil Gordon, MinterEllison Project Lead.

View our report, Harnessing Hydrogen – The Tipping Point

Case studies

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Flinders Power

Advised on the closure and dismantling of the coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta, including site remediation, the closure and remediation of the Leigh Creek coal mine, and the closure of the Leigh Creek to Port Augusta coal railway.

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Neoen

Advising international renewables company, Neoen, in relation to the Navarre Green Power Hub – a proposed 400MW wind farm and combined battery storage project in Western Victoria.

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Power and Water Corporation

Assisting in relation to the Northern Territory Electricity Market Priority Reform Program, which intends to facilitate an increasing number of market participants and the adoption of emerging technologies to achieve the government’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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Western Australian Government

Advising the State of Western Australia and the Energy Transformation Taskforce on wholesale electricity market reform including the reserve capacity pricing regime, constrained access, technical and generation regulation, essential system services, security constrained economic dispatch and distributed energy resources.

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SA Power Networks

Advising in relation to its multi-billion dollar revenue proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator for the 2020-2025 regulatory control period and its compliance with the regulatory framework established under the National Electricity Rules.

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CS Energy

We assisted in selecting and awarding the SI contract to uplift their existing retail end-to-end technology landscape with a new technology solution that is innovative, modern and able to scale with the business. The team also supported their retail technology transformation project.

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