Scott Gardiner

Scott Gardiner

Scott Gardiner is a Partner in the Projects team. Scott specialises in project development and financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructures.

Scott led the firm's teams on the development and sale of the Darling Downs Solar Farm for Origin, the purchase of Click Energy for amaysim, the financing of the Diamantina gas power station and the development, acquisition and financing of numerous thermal and renewable assets for Infigen and Alinta.

Scott has been recommended as a leading lawyer in various directories, including Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer.

Scott established and leads the firm’s “New Energy Future” team. Scott and his team have brought together expertise in climate change, data and energy to explore the myriad of disruptive changes transforming the energy industry. Scott is at the leading edge of legal thinking on how distributed energy will disrupt and otherwise be integrated into existing energy frameworks. Find out more about Australia's new energy future in our Guide to new energy market transition.

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Recent Matters

  • Darling Downs: acted for Origin Energy Limited on its development and subsequent sale of the 110MW Darling Downs Solar Farm.
  • Click Energy: acted for amaysim Limited on its financing and acquisition of Click Energy Limited
  • Diamantina: acted for AGL and APA on their financing of the Diamantina gas-fired power station in Queensland
  • Flinders Power: acted for Alinta Energy on its acquisition of the Flinders Power Station in South Australia
  • Woodlawn Wind: acted for Infigen Energy in connection with the development and financing of Woodlawn Wind and other assets
  • Lake Bonney Wind Farm Stages I, II and III: acted for the sponsors in their development and project financing of Lake Bonney Stages I, II and III
  • Braemar Power Station: acted for ERM Power and Babcock & Brown in the development of a project financed gas fired 450MW peaking power station in Queensland

Thought leadership

The "New Energy Future" team has:

  • submitted to COAG Energy Council’s consultation on the merits of establishing a national Energy Storage Register, exploring the role of battery storage technology and in particular the data, privacy and governance issues relating to a ‘national energy storage register’
  • submitted to the Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World, looking at the role of storage technology and distributed energy resources in providing grid flexibility
  • published articles outlining regulatory, legal and commercial developments in the ‘New Energy Future’ space, eg Australia's New Energy Future
  • submitted to and been invited to present to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on their energy strategy and the role distributed energy could play.
Legal insights

On 6 June, the AEMC commenced consultation on the MLF framework. While in response to two specific rule change requests by Adani Renewables, the AEMC is considering broad reform.

11 June 2019

The Australian Energy Market Commission recently released its draft Updating the Regulatory Frameworks for Embedded Networks report.

06 March 2019

The energy sector will be part of the first wave of the Consumer Data Right roll out, which will give consumers access to data about themselves in a readily usable form

16 August 2018

Generator technical performance standards - the draft rule changes the technical requirements for connecting generators to be able to...

21 June 2018

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