Discovery – Infrastructure

Energy and critical energy materials hot topics for government


Strong government focus on energy 

Surrounded by several announcements since July, energy and critical energy materials are a hot topic for both the WA and Australian Government. In case you missed them, they include: 

  • The release of Australia’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement, which includes requiring the ARENA, CEF and the Clean Energy Regulator to focus on Government’s priorities 
  • Expressions of interest sought from international and Australian groups to produce commercial quantities of hydrogen at Oakajee. 

Watch this space! There might be more announcements to come with the upcoming Federal and State Budgets. It’ll also be interesting to see how this scene plays out with the proposed FIRB reforms. 

The WA Government’s release of its inaugural 20-year Whole of System Plan should also be soon. It will provide an evidence base for the Government to decide if it wants to take an interventionist approach to policy or regulation of energy and electricity in the Perth metropolitan, Goldfields and South West regions. 

Over the last few months, CME has also been in touch with the FBICRC, CSIRO, Department of Defence and JTSI on critical minerals.