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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


Tomago Aluminium will receive compensation from the market operator.

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
The lights were kept on at office buildings across Sydney, despite the tremors felt in the National Energy Market last month.

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
Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill will be presenting the first quarterly results since the BHP Petroleum merger.

Cash ‘windfall’ for Woodside, Santos on spiking gas prices

Woodside, Santos and Origin are poised to unveil what some analysts are describing as a “cash windfall” from rampant prices for export LNG and domestic east coast gas.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
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

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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
LNG tankers can no longer moor alongside Shell’s Prelude LNG vessel far off north-west Australia.

Unions extend LNG shutdown over pay dispute

The work bans at Shell’s Prelude project are keeping production offline for longer just as Japan and Germany are crying out for alternatives to Russian gas.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
LNG exports to China have slipped with the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 lockdowns.

LNG exports hit $70b record despite China slide

Appetite for non-Russian gas offset a drop in Chinese demand, according to consultancy EnergyQuest.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
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
Podcast episodes are out every Thursday. Listen for free wherever you get your podcasts.

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

Energy debate searching for middle ground

The challenge of energy transition centres around encouraging the co-existence of many technologies while keeping track of the net zero goal.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

Daniel Westerman

Being hydrogen-ready is the big question

The gas industry has more levers to pull in the near term when it comes to distribution for Australia’s decarbonisation journey.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

John Falzon

Australia must look at global examples for the use of gas

While the world is turning its attention to renewable gas and biomethane, Australia is being left behind despite its domestic potential.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

Shahana McKenzie

Picking winners could be a losing game

The energy mix of the future will need to reflect a clear assessment of various alternatives, including renewable gas.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

Gabrielle Sycamore

Sensible policy will drive growth of renewables

There is a great deal of work yet to done in the regulatory framework surrounding the nation’s energy future.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

Melissa Perrow

Decarbonisation is a gradual process

Decarbonising the gas network may take time, but it is a pathway Australia needs to take.


by Jemena and Australian Gas Networks

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
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm during a signing of the Australia & United States Net Zero Technology Acceleration Partnership agreement at the Sydney Energy Forum, Sydney.

A darker world without fossil fuel security

Some say that a faster transition to renewables is needed to make the world safer. In reality, Australia’s gas industry has a critical role to play in preventing authoritarian regimes from weaponising energy.

  • The AFR View