Energy, Resources & Infrastructure

Electricity, Renewables and Energy Transition

When it comes to the evolving energy sector, our law firm is leading the way

The energy market has seen considerable change over the past decade and will continue to evolve even more as we transition from traditional energy sources such as coal and gas fired generators, through to greener sources of energy. The market and underlying technology to support the transition is rapidly advancing – requiring a legal services partner with technical excellence, detailed industry knowledge, and regulatory reform expertise. Our partners practice in the energy industry on a daily basis, regularly advising Governments and market bodies, retailers, generators, network service providers, financiers and developers across the full spectrum of the energy sector.

Our law firm’s experience in energy covers a range of asset classes, from conventional power (coal and gas fired) through to traditional core renewables (wind, solar, hydropower) and new energy technology (batteries, microgrids, hydrogen, waste to energy, carbon capture). We are here to support you through the entire life cycle of electricity, renewable energy and the technology paving the way for the new energy future.

Our full-service offering includes:

  • Project development
  • Project finance solutions
  • Acquiring and divesting energy assets
  • Negotiating project agreements
  • Land options and leases, including rental and revenue-sharing arrangements
  • Disputes and insolvency
  • Investment platforms
  • Tax
  • State development and environmental approvals
  • Federal environmental and Foreign Investment Review Board approvals
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Group reorganisations and reconstructions
  • Services and infrastructure procurement
  • Anti-trust and regulatory matters
  • PPAs or other offtake agreements.

Our recent experience

  • AEMO in procuring the 10-year supply contract from Neoen to underwrite one of the biggest batteries in Australia, to be built at Moorabool in Victoria.
  • Energy Security Board on the National Energy Guarantee, Retailer Reliability Obligation, Integrated System Plan and reliability reforms.
  • TranGrid on all aspects of its funding for Project EnergyConnect, the new 900km interconnector between New South Wales and South Australia.
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) in relation to the financing of Phase 3 of South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant (SA VPP), a network of solar and Tesla Powerwall home battery systems across the state that will form the world’s largest virtual power plant when fully developed.
  • Lochard Energy in its damages claim against EnergyAustralia, concerning its purchase of Iona Gas Storage Facility for over AD$1 billion. 
  • Lighthouse Solar Infrastructure on the acquisition of the 68MW Emerald Solar Park which also included Australia’s first corporate renewable PPA, a long term agreement signed with Telstra.
  • QIC on the development on the Powering Australia Renewables Fund (PARF) a first of its kind A$3 billion initiative designed to drive investment in large-scale renewable projects. KWM was also involved in some of PARF’s largest investments including the Silverton and Coopers Gap Wind Farms. 
  • Infigen on its agreement with TransGrid to dispatch the Wallgrove Grid Battery, a 50MW/75MWh battery energy storage system powered by Tesla’s recently introduced Megapack battery technology. 
  • AGL on its acquisition of 100 per cent of Perth Energy, Western Australia’s third biggest electricity retailer, for up to A$93 million 
  • BHP on its renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) for its Queensland mining operations, as the mining company continues to transition to more sustainable energy use. 
  • The financiers to the Western Downs Solar Farm in Queensland. The solar farm was developed by Neoen. 

Industry recognition

  • Ranked Band 1 Energy & Natural Resources - Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2021
  • Ranked Tier 1 Energy (Transactions & Regulatory) - Legal500 Asia Pacific, 2021

 

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It advises leading domestic and international players on major sector-specific M&A transactions, assisting with the acquisition and divestment of interests in assets at all stages of their life-cycles.

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Recognised for its high-level interactions with official bodies concerning the future evolution of national energy policy, particularly within the electricity sector.

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