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About ARENA

The energy sector is undergoing a profound and complex transformation as the shift to renewable energy gathers momentum.

Transitioning the electricity system to deal with an increasing share of renewables and different ways of operating is challenging, but it presents many opportunities to help businesses manage their energy costs as well as capture new sources of growth.

Electricity is only one component of the energy transition. Other sectors such as transport, heavy industry and the built environment are crucial in the pursuit of lower emissions and in ensuring Australia meets its international commitments.

There are many scenarios for the transition to a low emissions economy but technological development and innovation are part of almost every scenario.

Our expertise, deep understanding of the renewable energy sector and our willingness to fund innovative and ground-breaking projects mean we provide a pathway to commercialisation for many new technologies and businesses that would otherwise struggle to get off the ground or be potentially lost to overseas markets. We help them get on with the business of renewables.

At ARENA, we also actively identify and troubleshoot issues arising from the energy transition – from technological and commercial issues to regulatory and market barriers, and provide funding for projects that help solve these issues.

We undertake research and inform policy decisions, we bring together people from across the energy sector, government, startups and universities to collaborate with one another, and share their knowledge.

ARENA at a Glance

The scale of our investment nationally since 2012.

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Last updated 18 September 2019

ARENAWIRE Blogs

ARENA sharpening its focus as it tackles next steps in energy transition

ARENA has launched its 2019 investment plan to further improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.

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South Australia pumped for new energy storage

ARENA has announced $40 million in funding to fast track the development of South Australia’s first pumped hydro energy storage project.

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Sewage treatment plant smells success in synthetic gas trial

A new waste to energy project has set out to produce synthetic gas from sewage sludge at a wastewater treatment plant south of Brisbane.

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