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Progress in the development of renewable energy generation continues to be influenced by the politics of emissions trading and carbon tax, and the desire for more renewable sources of viable power generation.

Whilst the vibrant debate around transitional arrangements for carbon intensive participants (including coal-powered generators) will continue, as carbon intensity is increasingly reflected in the price of energy (in particular energy generated by coal fired power stations), the price competitiveness of renewable energy will increase. Whilst Europe continues at pace to develop further renewable power generation, Australia, with its abundant supplies of thermal coal, understandably, is unlikely to match Europe in the near term.

Paradoxically, it may be that the very abundance of thermal coal will provide the impetus that Australia needs to move towards the levels of renewable energy generation seen in Europe as export price parity for thermal coal drives up the price of coal, and as such, electricity and carbon is priced through the carbon tax.

Corrs has long standing and significant expertise in coal, gas and renewable power station developments and operation. In addition to development and operational expertise, Corrs’ team advises on the commercial impact of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECS) and electricity trading, and the regulatory environment.

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Andrew Chew

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Andrew McCormack

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Ben Davidson

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Bruce Adkins

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Clare Corke

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Colin Lockhart

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John Walter

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Matthew Muir

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Nigel Duffield

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Shaun McGushin

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Our Experience

Australasian Legal Business Awards 2012 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year - Peabody’s US$5.2 billion hostile takeover of Macarthur Coal

In one of the largest ever coal takeovers in Australia, Peabody acquired Macarthur Coal for US$5.2 billion. Corrs advised Macarthur Coal throughout the transaction which involved several complex elements including a joint bid vehicle arrangement between Peabody and Macarthur’s second largest shareholder ArcelorMittal – the world’s largest steelmaker.

Initially a hostile takeover, Peabody reached the 90 per cent compulsory acquisition threshold within 13 weeks of the offer opening and finally acquired 100 per cent of Macarthur shares in December 2011.

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Perth Biomass Power Station Project

Corrs continues to act for Pacific Energy as the sponsor of the Perth Biomass Power Station Project. We have advised on all aspects of the project, including the procurement of fuel (forest plantation residue), fuel transportation, advice on the power purchase agreement, the EPC Contract, the equity arrangements and the project financing arrangements for the development of a 40/45 MW renewable energy power station.

Our Thinking

Are there ‘real changes’ ahead for Australia’s mining sector?

Tony Abbott has declared Australia is ‘open for business’ but will the Coalition’s promises translate to real change?

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New clarity on compensation for landowner time

The Land Court has confirmed the current statutory position in relation to landowner time for resources compensation.

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BYO biomass - Bioenergy production in the agribusiness sector

Agricultural by-products are tipped to become a pivotal source of renewable energy in the future.

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Do resources companies have to compensate land owners for their time?

Do Queensland land owners have a right to compensation for the time they spend negotiating conduct and compensation agreements?

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Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

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Hydro Tasmania: The benevolent monopolist?

Tasmania has opened up its electricity market to new retailers, but will anyone come to the party?

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Energy White Paper 2012: Managing peak electricity demand - Who should pay to keep you cool this summer?

Proposed reforms to manage peak demand for electricity will be as unpopular as they are necessary.

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Energy White Paper 2012: The challenge of transforming to a clean energy future

Are the White Paper’s bold predictions for a clean energy future viable, particularly given the reliance on carbon capture and storage?

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Energy White Paper 2012: Will Australia’s high cost disease prove terminal?

When it comes to energy it's too easy to assume Australia is sitting pretty.

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Renewable Energy: Is 20% by 2020 really achievable?

The NSW Government is committed to 20% renewable energy by 2020 but are the State’s environmental and planning laws a roadblock to renewable energy development?

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Carbon Pricing Mechanism - Renewable Energy and Clean Technology

The renewable energy and clean technology sectors will receive a substantial boost under the Government’s climate change plan.

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The great Indian coal rush

Energy ravenous India is set to drive demand for Australian thermal coal.

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Carbon Farming Initiative gives boost to bioenergy development

The introduction of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) may boost bioenergy development in Australia, particularly in the waste-to-energy sector.

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Our Experience

Australasian Legal Business Awards 2012 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year - Peabody’s US$5.2 billion hostile takeover of Macarthur Coal

In one of the largest ever coal takeovers in Australia, Peabody acquired Macarthur Coal for US$5.2 billion. Corrs advised Macarthur Coal throughout the transaction which involved several complex elements including a joint bid vehicle arrangement between Peabody and Macarthur’s second largest shareholder ArcelorMittal – the world’s largest steelmaker.

Initially a hostile takeover, Peabody reached the 90 per cent compulsory acquisition threshold within 13 weeks of the offer opening and finally acquired 100 per cent of Macarthur shares in December 2011.

Perth Biomass Power Station Project

Corrs continues to act for Pacific Energy as the sponsor of the Perth Biomass Power Station Project. We have advised on all aspects of the project, including the procurement of fuel (forest plantation residue), fuel transportation, advice on the power purchase agreement, the EPC Contract, the equity arrangements and the project financing arrangements for the development of a 40/45 MW renewable energy power station.

Our Thinking

Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

Hydro Tasmania: The benevolent monopolist?

Tasmania has opened up its electricity market to new retailers, but will anyone come to the party?

Carbon Farming Initiative gives boost to bioenergy development

The introduction of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) may boost bioenergy development in Australia, particularly in the waste-to-energy sector.

The great Indian coal rush

Energy ravenous India is set to drive demand for Australian thermal coal.

Carbon Pricing Mechanism - Renewable Energy and Clean Technology

The renewable energy and clean technology sectors will receive a substantial boost under the Government’s climate change plan.

Renewable Energy: Is 20% by 2020 really achievable?

The NSW Government is committed to 20% renewable energy by 2020 but are the State’s environmental and planning laws a roadblock to renewable energy development?

Energy White Paper 2012: Will Australia’s high cost disease prove terminal?

When it comes to energy it's too easy to assume Australia is sitting pretty.

Energy White Paper 2012: The challenge of transforming to a clean energy future

Are the White Paper’s bold predictions for a clean energy future viable, particularly given the reliance on carbon capture and storage?

Energy White Paper 2012: Managing peak electricity demand - Who should pay to keep you cool this summer?

Proposed reforms to manage peak demand for electricity will be as unpopular as they are necessary.

Do resources companies have to compensate land owners for their time?

Do Queensland land owners have a right to compensation for the time they spend negotiating conduct and compensation agreements?

BYO biomass - Bioenergy production in the agribusiness sector

Agricultural by-products are tipped to become a pivotal source of renewable energy in the future.

New clarity on compensation for landowner time

The Land Court has confirmed the current statutory position in relation to landowner time for resources compensation.

Are there ‘real changes’ ahead for Australia’s mining sector?

Tony Abbott has declared Australia is ‘open for business’ but will the Coalition’s promises translate to real change?

Our Experts

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Alex Regan

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6622
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Andrew Chew

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6607
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Andrew McCormack

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9860
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Ben Davidson

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3500
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Bruce Adkins

Partner Brisbane + 61 7 3228 9431
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Clare Corke

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9318

Colin Lockhart

Counsel Perth +61 8 9460 1713
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John Walter

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3501
Matt Muir

Matthew Muir

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9816
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Michael MacGinley

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9391
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Nigel Duffield

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9210 3291
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Rommel Harding-Farrenberg

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6366
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Shaun McGushin

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6915