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Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton said Australia had to end its over-reliance on coal and gas.

End of climate wars will fast-track wind, solar: Clean Energy chief

Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton says Australia needs to accelerate its investment in wind, solar and storage to end the over-reliance on coal and gas.

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  • Mark Ludlow

Whitehaven urges NSW to keep hands off coal cash cow

Whitehaven will report a 15-fold increase in earnings but warned NSW politicians they could kill future investment if they match Queensland’s coal royalty raise.

  • 36 mins ago
  • Peter Ker
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said coal companies were experiencing record profits.

Coal miners mull Queensland class action

Some members of the Queensland coal sector want to test the state’s new royalty regime in court, but others fear it will be a waste of time and effort.

  • Peter Ker

Compensation bill for energy grid chaos to top $1b

Compensation claims from companies who helped to keep the lights on to avoid blackouts in NSW and Queensland last month include government-owned corporations.

  • Mark Ludlow

A broken energy market reveals its structural flaws

One thing is clear: the NEM in its current form is not appropriately structured for resilience in the face of an ongoing energy crisis.

  • Anthony Arrow and Trevor Thomas


Access to capital is crucial to creating a low carbon economy.

High demand prompts CBA to push ESG term deposit overseas

But Commonwealth Bank is not yet extracting the kind of premium that on-trend ESG products sometimes command.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Flux towers are used to measure carbon dioxide returning to the soil in real time.

The ‘toolkit’ helping measure carbon capture in real time

Using flux towers and sensors, the technology developed by Queensland University of Technology and Agrimix has the backing of some big industry names.

  • Larry Schlesinger
With the  first shipment of liquid hydrogen this year,  Australia signalled its clean energy potential.

Blue hydrogen may be a white elephant: ISS

One of the world’s key proxy advisers has recommended a high degree of caution when considering hydrogen investments, particularly those using carbon capture.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

This Month

UBS ESG team, including head of Australian research Camille Wynter far right.

Beware fake forests: big emitters warned on offsets rush

Some of Australia’s biggest companies should move fast to secure carbon offsets, as emissions pressure builds and scheme integrity comes under microscope.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
International Energy Agency executive director Dr Fatih Birol said Australia should focus on carbon capture and renewables.

Australia ‘missed big opportunity in CCS’: IEA head

The IEA’s Fatih Birol says carbon capture and storage can still act as an “insurance policy” for Australia’s coal and gas exports, but new projects would risk poor returns and climate goals.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Boeing Australia president Brendan Nelson.

Qantas, Virgin ‘hostage’ to markets on sustainable fuel

Australia is producing feed stock used to create biofuels in other parts of the world and paying “seriously inflated” costs to import the fuels back, a Boeing executive says.

  • Lucas Baird
Pilbara Minerals’ CEO Dale Henderson said the company’s latest lithium spodumene concentrate auction was heavily contested with plenty of active bidders.

Pilbara’s lithium auction eases off record price

Pilbara Minerals has accepted a small discount for its latest auction of lithium spodumene concentrate from the record price struck in June, a sign the lithium boom may have peaked for now.

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  • Ben Potter
Audrey Zibelman, formerly at the Australian Energy Market operator and now vice president at X, the moonshot factory of Google parent Alphabet.

Zibelman fights climate change from Alphabet’s moonshot factory

The former CEO of the energy market operator expects lots of lessons - or failures - along the way, but is convinced that AI and machine learning will be critical for grid decarbonisation.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
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His company is up 800pc, but this scientist doesn’t care

This week’s Tech Zero podcast was almost finished recording when this millionaire scientist revealed a carbon-killing idea his boss wasn’t yet comfortable with.

  • Peter Ker and Lap Phan

The ‘mad scientist’ who could turn Australia’s iron ore green

Calix shares have gone up 800 per cent in two years and founder Mark Sceats has now invented a kiln that he reckons will solve Australia’s iron ore emissions problems and deliver green iron.

  • Peter Ker and Lap Phan
Rooftop solar is a no-brainer financially for households, but home batteries are yet to stack up.

Home battery storage still doesn’t make financial sense

There’s really no way to sugar-coat it – buying a home battery storage system at current prices is a licence to lose money.

  • Tristan Edis
Former CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator Audrey Zibelman says the energy market needs to adapt more quickly to the transition.

Clean energy builds self-reliance: Zibelman

Australia can be a superpower in clean energy tech and must embrace the opportunity, says Audrey Zibelman, now heading up the grid moonshot at Alphabet’s X.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Wholesale electricity prices have surged, squeezing retailers.

AEMO slugs retailers $85m in first bill for NEM suspension

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s bid to recoup more than $85 million from electricity retailers will strain a sector that is already struggling.

  • Colin Packham
Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni.

Qld to install batteries at coal plants

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni says adding battery storage and hydrogen production facilities to power plant sites will be in the government’s 10-year energy plan.

  • Fraser Barton
S&P Global vice chairman and energy expert Daniel Yergin.

Global action on mineral supplies needed to meet net zero goals

Energy expert Daniel Yergin says net zero goals are clear, but much more attention is needed on the critical minerals required to build the renewable generation.

  • Colin Packham

Need for ‘reality check’ on green steel: BlueScope

Climate change executive Gretta Stephens says while ambitions for green steel production are worthy, it’s a long way off from being viable.

  • Mark Ludlow
People walk around an exhibition of captured Ukrainian tanks and weapons in Lisichansk, on the territory which is under the Government of the Luhansk People’s Republic control, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Putin’s best chance for an energy knockout blow is right now

Vladimir Putin has prepared the ground for a drastic cut in supplies of both oil and gas at any moment, giving him the means to strike a psychological hammer blow against the Western democracies.

  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sign a deal to cooperate on decarbonisation technologies in Sydney.

‘Can’t be held to ransom on renewables’

Australia is using newly minted alliances on decarbonisation and critical minerals as part of a strategy to reduce reliance on costly fossil fuels.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
AGL says it needs long-term supply contracts from Weston Energy to give a better deal to new customers.

AGL demands gas supplies to serve Weston customers

AGL is demanding Weston Energy release long-term gas contracts after the smaller supplier was suspended, a row that escalates Australia’s energy crisis.

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  • Colin Packham
Petrol stations in the UK are running out of fuel due to a shortage of truck drivers.

Why the energy crisis will get worse

Five factors could make the current crisis worse than the oil shocks of the 1970s. In the 1970s, only oil was involved, whereas this crisis encompasses natural gas, coal, and even the nuclear-fuel cycle.

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  • Daniel Yergin