Firm: Allens (Sydney Airport)
Deal: Sydney Airport has signed an eight-year PPA with CWP Renewables and Origin Energy.
Area: Energy and resources
Key players: The Allens legal team was led by partner Kate Axup, with assistance from partner Michael Ryan, managing associates Karla Drinkwater and Lisa Zhou, associate Felicia Duan and lawyer Sean Gilmartin.
Deal significance: This deal will see Sydney Airport receive the benefit of a fixed amount of renewable energy and associated environmental products supplied at a fixed price from the Sapphire Wind Farm and, once operational, the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm, a statement from Allens explained.
“Electricity contracted under the agreement represents up to 75 per cent of Sydney Airport’s electricity consumption. The PPA is backed up by Origin, who will provide firming electricity to Sydney Airport under an electricity supply agreement,” it read.
“The PPA is part of Sydney Airport’s commitment to a low-carbon future, and is one of a number of steps towards its targeted 50 per cent reduction in carbon intensity by 2025.”
Commenting further on the PPA, partner Kate Axup cited the current prevalence of PPAs in the Australian market.
“PPAs are a growing trend as more and more corporates see the benefits of securing longer-term, fixed-price electricity procurement arrangements,” she said.
“It is encouraging to see businesses focused on securing renewable power as part of their energy mix. We were delighted to work with Sydney Airport on this significant transaction.”
Emma Ryan is the deputy head of editorial at Momentum Media and editor of its legal publication, Lawyers Weekly.
She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).