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What is the TSBE hydrogen portal?

An online portal has been established for Toowoomba and Western Downs businesses so they can register for opportunities in the emerging green hydrogen supply chain.   

The aim of the portal is to get this supply chain “right” and ensure a seamless and integrated experience for people and businesses wanting to be involved in the hydrogen industry.  

Procurement officers, for example, can use the portal for services and supplies for everything from metal fabrication and heavy transport to plumbing and electrical trades, fencing and PPE. 

For local businesses, they can use it to position themselves to take advantage of upcoming projects and opportunities. 

It will also help companies such as CS Energy to uncover and best utilise local business expertise to support the construction and development of hydrogen projects.  

What benefits are there for the local community? 

The portal is a collaboration between CS Energy and the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and demonstrates their commitment to link local businesses with opportunities in the hydrogen industry. 

It’s estimated billions of dollars will be invested into the green hydrogen industry across the region. This portal will help ensure local businesses understand the opportunities around hydrogen and develop their capabilities to service this growing market. 

What are the benefits to CS Energy? 

The portal’s mapping process will provide local business ‘intel’ which will be invaluable as CS Energy progresses the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant, which is the next chapter of its energy hub story in the Surat Basin. 

How do businesses get involved?

Register your business capability here: https://www.tsbesuppliersportal.com.au/render-page/page-hydrogen-capability-mapping   

Read more here: https://www.csenergy.com.au/news/new-hydrogen-portal-ready-to-capture-business-expertise

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How is the energy market changing?

The Australian energy mix is changing rapidly. Three key factors are driving this significant change – renewable generation, technology innovation, and a rise in the active and involved energy customer.

While the future energy market is uncertain, CS Energy is clear about the kind of energy business we want to be: one that’s customer focused, diversified, proactive and recognised as a leader in the Australian energy market.

This is reflected in our vision – To be a leading provider of diversified energy solutions to our customers.

How are customers driving this change?

All over the world, customers are demanding greater performance from their energy providers, whether that is cost efficiency, environmental impact, reliability of energy supply or transition to renewables. 

Australian consumers are at the forefront of this change, and energy producers must adapt and respond to these increasing expectations from our largest to our smallest customers. 

As an established energy company, what is CS Energy doing to adapt to this change? 

As a major electricity provider, it’s critical that CS Energy maintains and invests in our existing assets so they perform at their best to power homes and businesses. But we must also leverage new technology, business models and partnerships to create a long-term future for our business.  

How does CS Energy make this transition to the “energy of the future” while still delivering what customers need for today? 

CS Energy’s approach is built on our purpose: Delivering energy today, powering your tomorrow.  

This purpose captures the dual nature of what we aim to do – run a successful energy generation business that meets the needs of Queensland businesses and communities, while at the same time evolving into a truly diversified energy business. 

What does this mean in practice?

As a key driver in this transition, we are: 

  • Strengthening our foundations with a focus on safety, people, culture, community and environment
  • Optimising our assets and focusing on high availability and reliability and being flexible as energy demand changes due to renewables
  • Maximising our returns, so continue to run a commercially competitive business, with a strong cost focus and a disciplined approach to investment decisions
  • Delivering future energy and pursuing diversification opportunities that expand our customer base, leverage technology and renewables, and respond to opportunities in distributed generation.

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Electric Vehicles FAQ

What’s the difference between AC and DC electric vehicle chargers?

Difference between AC and DC chargers

As part of our retail offerings for large energy users, CS Energy has partnered with industry leaders Jet Charge and EVSE to offer a suite of low-cost, simple charging products that takes the hassle out of switching to electric vehicles for your organisation.

When considering a switch to an EV it’s important to consider the type of charging requirements of your business.

CS Energy offers two EV charging technology options for customers, based on their specific business needs.

The first is a direct current (DC) charger, which is what you will find at most fast-charging public facilities. DC chargers provide the fastest charging of EVs, which is particularly important when driving longer distances.

In 2020, CS Energy commissioned a DC charger at Kogan Creek Power Station for use by employees who drive EVs to the site, which is a four-hour drive from CS Energy’s corporate office in Brisbane.

The second is an alternating current (AC) charger, which are more commonly used in residential, fleet and inner-city locations. AC chargers are perfect for topping up your vehicle when you need to drive shorter distances, or for charging overnight.

Learn more about our EV charging solutions here https://www.csenergy.com.au/what-we-do/electric-vehicle-charging

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What is CS Energy’s Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Project?

Answer:

  • It is a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant that will be constructed next to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla. The hydrogen plant will include the co-location of a solar farm, battery, hydrogen electrolyser, hydrogen fuel cell, storage and out loading facility.
  • This project supports CS Energy’s revenue diversification strategy and follows the company’s involvement in QUT’s multi-party hydrogen process research and development project at Redlands.
  • The aim is to produce renewable hydrogen and provide energy and other grid services while gaining expertise from an operational hydrogen project from production, storage, transport and handling. The project will also help grow the emerging hydrogen industry in Queensland.
  • It’s expected to create up to 10 jobs in the construction phase and 1 – 2 jobs in the operational phase, together with the opportunity for cross transfer of existing skills at the Kogan Creek Power Station from time to time. In addition, CS Energy has partnered with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise on a hydrogen skills mapping exercise that will ensure that existing skills in the region can be utilised to support the growing hydrogen supply chain.
  • The Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Project will ensure CS Energy has the technical capability to enter the hydrogen market once it becomes more commercially viable. The project will be one of the first renewable hydrogen projects to come online in Queensland, with the first hydrogen expected to be produced in 2023.
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Electric Vehicles FAQ

How far can you really go in an electric vehicle?

Answer:

This year, CS Energy has installed 7kW and 22kW AC chargers at prime inner-city locations so Queensland Government fleet drivers can ‘top up’ their electric vehicles (EV).

In one hour, a 7kW charger adds enough power to drive a typical EV 50 kilometres, or from Brisbane’s CBD south to Yatala or north to Caboolture.  In the same period, a 22kW charger adds enough power to drive 160 kilometres dependent on the vehicle.

Queensland has had more than a thousand new electric vehicles registered in the past year as they become more popular and accessible.

EV uptake Australia wide is also gaining momentum as organisations move to upgrade fleets to position themselves for the future by reducing costs and their carbon footprint.

Learn more about our EV charging solutions for government and business.

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Who is bearing the cost of this class action?

Answer:

CS Energy is a Queensland Government-owned business, so Queenslanders are already bearing the costs of defending against what will be a long and complex case.

Queenslanders would ultimately also bear the costs of any class action pay-out, including from CS Energy profits which are otherwise returned to government to pay for schools, hospitals and roads.

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Who benefits from litigation-funded class actions?

Answer:

The Australian Law Reform Commission reported that the median return to class action members was 51% of the settlement award when corporate backers were funding the action, and 85% of the settlement award when corporate backers were not involved.

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Has the class action court process started?

Answer:

The first case management hearing, which simply deals with procedural matters and the way the matter will progress, was held recently. This is the first step in what will be a long and complex legal process.

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How long will the class action take to resolve?

Answer:

Despite what the law firm bringing the class action has said publicly to its class action members, this case will not be resolved in the short term. The law firm has acknowledged it’s likely this will take between 12 months and five years to resolve. 

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What is plant flexibility?

Answer:

As demand grows for new, cleaner sources of energy generation, we are focused on diversifying our business and adapting to the changing energy landscape.

A key part of our approach is to investigate how we can make our generating units operate more flexibly in response to the intermittency of renewables.

Plant flexibility refers to the capability of a power plant, like CS Energy’s Callide Power Station, to ramp its output up or down as demand changes and to operate at lower loads for longer.

For example, recently we’ve seen a significant reduction in electricity demand during the middle of the day as more solar enters the grid. However, this demand rises rapidly in the evening once solar is no longer available and demand for baseload thermal generation increases.

Historically, CS Energy’s portfolio has been mainly baseload thermal generation, so improving flexibility is crucial to our commercial sustainability. Operating more flexibly is also crucial for our power stations to keep the lights on as the grid transitions to more renewables.

CS Energy’s priority is to make our plants available in the morning and evening peak demand periods – when the market needs them most.

Learn more here: https://www.csenergy.com.au/news/plant-modifications-improve-power-station-flexibility