News 2017-03-01T18:05:04+00:00

AGL’S PROFITS TO DOUBLE AS ENERGY COMPANY BOSSES’ SALARIES SKYROCKET

07 September, 2017 Kylar Loussikian and Sharri Markson Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph WHILE struggling families skimp to scrape together enough money to pay skyrocketing bills for an erratic electricity [...]

Politics and power bills knocking Queensland business confidence

21 August, 2017 John McCarthy Courtesy of the Courier Mail The “comical” nature of federal politics, a looming state election and skyrocketing power bills are knocking business confidence in Queensland for six. [...]

NSW energy crisis: Power companies could swap customers to cheaper contracts

08 August, 2017 Annabel Hennessy and Matthew Benns Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph   Money hungry energy companies could be forced to switch customers to cheaper contracts under a new [...]

NSW electricity crisis: AGL, Origin and Energy Australia inflate power profits

27 July, 2017 Matthew Benns Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph   THREE electricity giants who control 90 per cent of the NSW electricity market are gouging customers to pay millions [...]

State Government policy ‘means prices are higher than they should be’

26 July, 2017 Steven Wardill Courtesy of the Courier Mail   THE nation’s competition tsar has urged the break-up of Queensland’s state-owned power generators, insisting it would deliver dividends for electricity [...]

Electricity affordability more crucial than carbon reduction: Frydenberg

20 July, 2017 Matt Chambers Courtesy of the Australian   Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says electricity affordability has become more crucial than carbon reduction, as stories of energy hardship [...]

Japan spruiks ‘highly efficient’ coal-fired power plants as stop-gap measure to Australia’s energy crisis

01 June, 2017 Rachel Mealey Courtesy of the ABC When it comes to Australia's energy crisis, there's been a lot of talk about "clean coal". Key points: High-efficiency, low-emissions coal-fired [...]

‘Kneejerk’ government investment to push electricity prices higher

22 May, 2017 Meredith Booth Courtesy of the Australian Urgent changes to electricity market rules are needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts and restrictions across southeastern Australia next [...]

National energy supply less reliable due to closure of coal and gas power stations with South Australia the worst hit

17 May, 2017 Sheradyn Holderhead Courtesy of the Adelaide Advertiser   THE nation’s energy supply is now less reliable because coal and gas power stations are being pulled from the [...]

Executives from major power companies face grilling over sky-high electricity bills

16 May, 2017 Miles Godfrey Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph   THE bosses of NSW’s major power companies have been ordered to explain why they are not doing more to [...]

Brexit Britain can’t thrive without cheap energy. We need a bonfire of green regulations

28 April, 2017 Charlie Moore Courtesy of the Telegraph In October 2008, the House of Commons passed the Climate Change Act. It was snowing – the first October snow in [...]

Households will pay up to $400 more for power because of the rising cost of wholesale electricity

26 April, 2017 Andrew Clennell Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph   HOUSEHOLDS will have to pay up to $400 a year more for power from July because of a 50 [...]

Shorten fires up over gas as Aussie manufacturing reaches ‘tipping point’

20 April, 2017 Andrew Pearson Courtesy of the Illawarra Mercury Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has used a visit to Wollongong to warn that Australian manufacturing is at a “tipping point” as [...]

Government funds to continue carbon research at University of Sheffield Read

19 April, 2017 Matt McLennan Courtesy of the Yorkshire Post A leading energy research centre led by the University of Sheffield has secured £6.1 million from the UK government to [...]

How carbon capture could become a rare bright spot on climate policy in the Trump era

16 April, 2017 Brad Plumer Courtesy of Vox The idea of capturing carbon dioxide from coal plants, gas plants, and other industrial facilities and burying the pollution deep underground has always [...]

Caleb Bond: Premier Jay Weatherill’s energy crisis attack on federal government ignores fact he is at fault

20 March, 2017 Caleb Bond Courtesy of the Advertiser   IT WAS the political dust-up of 2017. A startling event that left most viewers feeling two parts shock and three [...]

‘Dirty’ deeds with diesel generators done real quick, if not dirt cheap

16 March, 2017 Michael Owen Courtesy of the Australian Taxpayers in South Australia face being slugged tens of millions of dollars for dirty carbon dioxide-emitting diesel generators the Weatherill government [...]

Fix for SA’s power crisis to be unveiled by Jay Weatherill — but it comes with a cost

14 March, 2017 Peter Jean & Daniel Wills Courtesy of the Adelaide Advertiser   Jay Weatherill is promising a power fix that reduces bills and blackouts while also creating renewable [...]

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten calls for Australia’s natural gas to be kept here

10 March, 2017   James Campbell Courtesy of the Herald Sun   Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is calling for Australia’s natural gas to be kept here to protect manufacturing jobs. [...]

UK carbon emissions drop to lowest level since 19th century, study finds

07 March, 2017 Press Association Courtesy of the Guardian The UK’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen to their lowest level since the 19th century as coal use continues to plummet, analysis [...]

EnergyAustralia and AGL back an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector

05 March, 2017 Mark Ludlow Courtesy of the AFR   EnergyAustralia and AGL Energy have backed BHP Billiton's call for an emissions intensity scheme (EIS) for the electricity sector to provide [...]

Construction of renewable energy project for Kingaroy step closer

02 March, 2017 Sarah Vogler Courtesy of the Courier Mail A MAJOR renewable energy project near Kingaroy is a step closer after the co-ordinator-general approved its environmental impact statement. State Development [...]

Minerals Council survey finds mining contributes $4.8 billion to Hunter Region

28 February, 2017 Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald A survey of 23 mining companies has shown the industry is contributing $4.8 billion to the Hunter’s economy – nearly a quarter of the annual [...]

Electricity price shock: Small business bills have doubled in the past decade

27 February, 2017 Sharri Markson Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph SYDNEY’S small businesses will this year face electricity bills double what they were just a decade ago, federal government calculations show. [...]

Scott Pruitt’s first EPA address: “We can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment”

Recently confirmed and highly controversial EPA Director Scott Pruitt said America doesn’t have to choose between industry and environmentalism. “We as an agency and we as a nation can be both [...]

Packaging billionaire: ‘globally naive’ Australia must address costs

23 February, 2017 Damon Kitney Courtesy of the Australian Packaging billionaire Raphael Geminder says Australians are “regionally and globally naive’’ if they think local businesses can compete on the international stage [...]

Farmers fear SA blackouts being used to push through 850-well coal seam gas project

22 February, 2017 Gabrielle Chan Courtesy of the Guardian   A group of New South Wales farmers fear that the federal and state governments are using the South Australian blackouts to [...]

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian says coal helped save her state from South Australian-style blackouts

19 February, 2017 Peter Jean, Jade Gailberger Courtesy of the Advertiser   NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian has credited coal with helping to save her state from South Australian-style blackouts as she [...]

To avoid blackouts, overhaul the electricity market, says Origin Energy chief

16 February, 2017 Daniel Wills & Sheradyn Holderhead Courtesy of the Courier Mail The electricity market operator should be given additional power so it can intervene directly in the energy market to ensure blackouts such [...]

South Australian blackout blamed on thermal and wind generator failures, plus high demand

15 February, 2017 Katherine Murphy & Christopher Knaus Courtesy of the Guardian A blackout in South Australia that has intensified a political brawl over energy policy was caused by three factors: [...]

Labor’s ignorance on electricity affordability is paving the way for electoral massacre

14 February, 2017 Graham Richardson Courtesy of the Australian   Watching Question Time in the House of Representatives on Tuesday was, for me, as alarming as it was tragic. Mark Butler, [...]

Some Andrews Government MPs still have ‘head in sand’: CFMEU Victorian mining division secretary

31 January, 2017 Matt Johnston Courtesy of the Herald Sun   THE head of a major Labor-aligned union says some Andrews Government ministers still have their “heads in the sand” about [...]