A Federal Court class action, brought on behalf of Indonesian seaweed-farmers, nudges the outer bounds of the Australian class action regime – both geographically and temporally.
The Turnbull Government has introduced a bill to abolish the limited merits review regime under the National Electricity and Gas Laws. The bill is a major departure from the cooperative federalism that underpins the national energy regime, and raises interesting questions about how it will operate in future.
The supply and wholesale price stresses in Australia’s gas and electricity market has prompted some remarkable recent interventions by government. This article considers new South Australian powers to intervene in the national electricity market, and proposed Commonwealth powers to restrict LNG exports.
Among the numerous challenges with which Commonwealth and State/Territory energy ministers are presently confronted, the COAG Energy Council is progressing reforms on two contentious aspects of energy regulation.
An overview of current contentious issues in the National Electricity Market: Basslink outage and energy rationing in Tasmania, wholesale price spikes in South Australia, and the blocked acquisition of Ausgrid.
In its first decision, the SICC has determined a series of preliminary questions in a Singapore law-governed contract dispute, including questions of illegality under Indonesian law
To encourage take-up of household solar, or to remove an inefficient cross-subsidy? The Federal Court dismisses SA Power’s challenge to the AER’s refusal of a higher network tariff for solar household customers
The Australian Energy Regulator says that networks’ regulated revenue should not cover inefficient EBA redundancy policies; but the Fair Work Commission rules that the networks must continue to apply those policies. Who will bear the cost: the networks, or consumers?
Rare judgment provides insight into exploration JV disputes and construction of Joint Operating Agreements.
A pair of recent decisions in challenges to NSW government cancellations of coal and CSG exploration licences.
Update on the ACCC’s latest civil penalty actions against energy retailers under the Australian Consumer Law.
Civil penalties and compliance orders awarded against Snowy Hydro for breach of National Electricity Rules regarding dispatch in the wholesale electricity market.
Overview of the inquiry’s findings and recommendations regarding fire risk management and response at the Hazelwood mine.