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Clean Energy Law

Gain an introduction into the legal issues confronting the rapidly changing clean energy sector in Australia. You’ll come away with an understanding of the policy context and its connection to climate change, the legal issues faced by the markets for clean energy power generation and regulatory reform and issues connected to the creation of power purchase agreements.

About this course

Clean Energy Law is facilitated by Paul Venus, partner in the firm of Holding Redlich, which has a significant renewable energy law practice in Australia. He is also a non-executive director of CleanCo Queensland, a Queensland Government-owned renewable energy company.

This course opens opportunities to participate in an emerging and changing renewable energy legal environment. Establish your foundational knowledge and gain insights in relation to the policy responses of government to the challenges of climate change and carbon levels. You’ll explore current issues in the generation and distribution of clean energy and the legislative framework of the renewable energy sector in Australia.

You will be introduced to the concepts involved in the regulation of a national grid and the clean energy market. In a virtual workshop scenario, you’ll enjoy the benefits of networking and collaboration while devising an advice regarding entry into a power purchase agreement.

Knowledge and insights from this course will assist you in advising stakeholders on new and novel sources of energy generation. Set your sights on this emerging area of legal work!

Course structure

This short course takes the form of a four-hour webinar conducted via Zoom video conferencing platform.

More information about the program

Part one - Clean energy (1.5 hrs)

What is “clean energy”?

  • Clean energy vs dirty energy
  • Nuclear power
  • Legislative definitions of eligible renewable energy sources.

The need for clean energy: climate change

  • Carbon emissions
  • Global warming.

Renewable energy policy in Australia – overview

  • Early 21st century policy settings
  • International treaties
  • 2010s legislative responses
  • State Policy settings
  • Finkel report and the National Energy Grid (NEG)
  • Where to now? – 2020s

Legislative framework – overview

  • National energy legal regimes
  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
  • Large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) and small-scale technology certificates (STCs).

The renewable energy target

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
  • LGCs and STCs.

Break – 15 minutes


Part two - Legal aspects of markets for clean energy (1.5 hrs)

Electricity supply

  • How is electricity supplied
  • Competitive wholesale generation and retailing
  • Monopoly network assets.

National Electricity Market – analysis of the legal rules that facilitate the following:

  • National Electricity Market (NEM)
  • Spot market
  • Key terminology and concepts
  • Scheduling generators in the NEM.

Specific markets - analysis of the laws that facilitate the following:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) market
  • Futures market
  • Retail market
  • Ancillary services market.

Regulatory reform

  • Coordination of generation and transmission investment (COGATI) reform
  • Locational marginal pricing.

Deep dive into power purchase agreements (PPAs)

  • Types of PPAs
  • Issues to consider when entering into a PPA
  • PPA key terms and elements.

Break – 15 minutes


Part three - Workshop: PPAs (30 mins)

Scenario: An in-house counsel for a renewable energy company is asked to advise on the drafting and negotiation of a PPA and advise on associated risks. The workshop explores possible issues that the lawyer must consider.


Part four - Specific renewable energy legal issues  (30 mins)

  • Legal issues of a social license to operate
  • Firm generation and legal issues
  • Just transition – legal issues with the transition from coal to renewables.

Learning outcomes

By attending this course, participants will gain

  • Career benefits – the course provides a runway approach to understand the industry and legal issues associated with renewable energy in Australia, for those who wish to enter this area
  • Capabilities – our facilitator will provide knowledge of legislative and case law requirements, as well as practical context in how those requirements operate
  • Skills – participants will be able to understand issues that confront advisers in this field, in particular regarding PPAs.

Fee and discount

A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you’re eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student/Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Participant requirements and equipment

This course will be facilitated online using Zoom, with course materials provided via the Canvas LMS. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio 
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended)
  • Your Zoom session commences at 9 am – please be on time!

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • General practitioners
  • Energy and resources specialists
  • Government lawyers
  • Corporate and commercial law specialists
  • Senior managers and leadership teams
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate counsel
  • C-Suite leadership team.


Please contact the Law Short Courses team at with any queries.



18 March




4 hrs

Meet the Expert

Paul Venus

Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich Brisbane

Paul Venus is Queensland Managing Partner of the firm Holding Redlich, which has a significant renewable energy law practice in Australia. In addition, Paul is a non-executive director of CleanCo Queensland Limited, Queensland’s publicly owned clean energy company, and also a member of its risk and audit committee.

Paul has been practising commercial law for over 30 years and is listed in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 and 2021 editions for litigation. He is also recognised in the 2017 edition of Doyles Guide as a recommended lawyer in intellectual property in Queensland, and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in commercial litigation.

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Book a session

Thu 18 Mar 2021 -
Thu 18 Mar 2021
Expert: Paul Venus
  • This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing with course materials provided via Canvas LMS.
  • Online
  • 1 session, 4.5 hours total
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