Virtual Power Plants: Five things you need to know

As the world shifts towards more sustainable energy solutions, Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) have become a significant innovation in the energy sector representing a new way of managing and optimising energy resources. This article explores five key aspects of VPPs, offering insights into what they are, how they operate, their regulatory landscape in Australia, their […]

The symbiotic relationship between Agriculture and DER

Modern agriculture relies heavily on substantial energy inputs for irrigation, machinery operation, and greenhouse climate control. This demand for energy is likely to increase in future to mitigate against the effects of climate change such as temperature increases, rainfall pattern changes and extreme weather events. In fact, climate change and energy security have been identified […]

Wrap is dead: Navigating Split Contract Models in Renewable Energy Projects

The contractual landscape that governs renewable energy projects is changing, with split contracting models now at the forefront of this transition. But what are these models and how are they being used? In this article we examine the surge in split contracting models, particularly for hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) […]

Key Considerations and Disclosure Challenges in Contested Scrip Takeovers

In M&A transactions, scrip deals are often used by bidders as they allow the target shareholders to retain part or full exposure to the underlying business and can be helpful in bridging the gap in value expectations, while reducing upfront cash paid by the bidder. As part of disclosure to target shareholders, it is customary […]

Bulletin: Consultation closing soon for Hydrogen Production Tax Incentive (HPTI)

The Treasury has released a consultation paper and seeks feedback from stakeholders on the Hydrogen Production Tax Incentive (HPTI) introduced by the Australian Government under the 2024‑25 Budget as part of the Future Made in Australia package. The HPTI will be delivered through Australia’s tax system as a refundable tax offset to eligible producers of […]

New Energy Insights: Bulletin – Future Made in Australia Bill 2024

The long-anticipated Future Made in Australia Bill 2024 was introduced by the Albanese Labor Government on 4 July 2024. The Bill enforces the Government’s commitment to invest $22.7 billion in the Future Made in Australia package, which was announced under the 2024-25 Federal Budget. Further information on the 2024-25 Federal Budget can be found here. […]

Legal Update – Launch of Australia’s Sustainable Finance Roadmap: A Guide to Achieving Net Zero

On 19 June 2024, the Albanese Government released the Sustainable Finance Roadmap (Roadmap), a strategic framework designed to guide Australia towards becoming a renewable energy superpower while ensuring economic prosperity and security. The Roadmap outlines various initiatives and regulatory amendments primarily aimed at improving market transparency and mobilising private capital towards the race to net […]

Hamilton Locke announces 1 July 2024 promotions

Hamilton Locke has made several promotions across our teams with effect from 1 July Promoted to the partnership in our Workplace and Employment team are Melissa Doran and Timothy Zahara. Melissa joined our firm in 2023 as a Special Counsel, moving across with Michael Tooma and team from Clyde & Co. She is a specialist […]

New Energy Expert Insights – Rodrigo Arias Lopez of Pottinger

In this edition of New Energy Expert Insights, we sat down with Rodrigo Arias Lopez, Executive Director at Pottinger and an expert in corporate finance and capital markets, to discuss the investment outlook for the renewable energy sector. Rodrigo has extensive experience in domestic and international corporate finance and capital markets having worked in Europe, […]

Section 641 in Action: Navigating the Early Stages of a Hostile Takeover

While schemes of arrangement remain the dominant structure used in public M&A transactions, there has been a resurgence of takeover bids in recent years. We expect to continue to see hostile takeovers in circumstances where bidders make ‘opportunistic’ offers in a lower priced market and misalignment between the bidder and target valuation expectations. Some would […]