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Australia risks losing the race in the great energy reset

Coal power is on its way out, but Australia faces intensifying global competition to build the infrastructure needed to replace it, Transgrid CEO Brett Redman says.

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  • Colin Packham

REITs need a genuine focus on emissions reduction

Tenants will increasingly steer away from less sustainable buildings as they seek out energy cost savings.


by First Sentier Investors

Nuveen eyes opportunities in ‘brown discounts’ for old buildings

The $US156 billion real estate fund manager says the growing disparity between new and old office assets creates scope for profit – once values have fallen enough.

  • Michael Bleby

CEFC, Infradebt provide debt for ACT’s big battery

The 100-megawatt, two-hour battery being built near Queanbeyan is supported by a contract with AGL, and debt funding, including from the country’s green bank.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

Fight over carbon offsets heats up following ‘tap of crap’ warning

“The minute you fix integrity, prices will go through the roof – the tap of crap will be turned off,” says former climate policy watchdog Andrew Macintosh.

  • Jacob Greber


Elon Musk-backed start-up opens door to the smallest investors

The Australian carbon capture aspirant funded by Elon Musk’s private foundation will seek its next cash injection from ordinary punters via the Birchal crowdfunding platform.

  • Peter Ker and Lap Phan

Taxpayers may end up owning unwanted coal mine

The WA government, pushing ahead with the closure of coal-fired power stations, looks set to become a part owner of an unwanted Chinese-controlled mine.

  • Brad Thompson

This man made hundreds of millions on coal, why is he selling now?

Trevor St Baker is ploughing the millions he made on coal into his electric vehicle charging network, but there are still plenty of buyers for fossil fuels.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

This Month

Clean energy pledges hinge on delivering 40 gigawatts of power

There are growing doubts about whether the scores of renewable energy projects in the eastern states can be delivered on time and on budget.

  • Mark Ludlow

Queensland wind to power Telstra under Korea Zinc deal

A $2 billion wind farm being built near Warwick in Queensland will supply Telstra with renewable power, as well as a zinc refinery and the state’s CleanCo.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

Investors want more detail on AGL’s transition plan ahead of AGM

Sparks look set to fly over the directors nominated by Grok Ventures and the extent to which its transition plan aligns with the Paris climate goals.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith

The Aussie tech company helping make EV planes a reality

Investible’s $100 million Climate Tech Fund is backing a Melbourne company that makes smaller, lighter electric motors, among eight early investments.

  • John Davidson

Gas, coal and lithium boom to drive export record

The value of Australia’s resource exports has more than doubled over the past five years and a fresh high is predicted for the year ahead.

  • Peter Ker

WA flags years of coal imports as power station shuts down

WA’s Labor government says state-owned power supplier Synergy might need to import coal over the next seven years.

  • Brad Thompson

How Aussie investors turned a $6m start-up investment into a $1b sale

Green infrastructure investor Quinbrook has cashed out from its initial million investment in wind-power developer Scout, after pouring in a further $US470 million.

  • Jessica Sier

How Elon Musk’s cash helped these Aussies suck carbon out of the air

Convincing investors to back embryonic green industries like ‘direct air capture’ is hard, which makes grants from the likes of Elon Musk all the more welcome.

  • Peter Ker and Lap Phan

Qld energy plan ‘diabolically difficult’ to deliver

Queensland has only 3 gigawatts of renewable energy projects on its grid, but it wants to deliver another 22 gigawatts by 2035.

  • Mark Ludlow

Investors warned of ‘false assumptions’ in carbon credits

A contrarian fund manager has called on shareholders to ask questions about their investments’ use of ACCUs this AGM season.

  • Lucy Dean


Miners demand protection from carbon credit ‘speculators’

More than 100 of Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters from the mining industry want Labor to cap the price of scarce carbon credits to stop speculators making offsets so costly that resources firms are forced to prematurely close mines.

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  • Jacob Greber

AGL investors risk losses from $20b renewable plan

AGL Energy shareholders could see declines in the value of their holdings if the near 200-year-old company is forced to fund any more than $2 billion worth of the renewable energy projects.

  • Colin Packham

ERA shareholder calls Rio’s bluff on Jabiluka uranium mining

Rio Tinto should sell out of Energy Resources Australia if it can’t see a future in uranium mining at Jabiluka, according to Willy Packer, whose fund holds 8pc.

  • Brad Thompson

Gas deal ‘crushingly disappointing’: manufacturers

Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox says locked-in high domestic gas prices means Labor will be forced into Europe-style financial bailouts for energy users.

  • Jacob Greber

Integrated energy solution may work best in the near term

Horizon Power’s Denham project is demonstrating the power of combining various renewables into a single project.

  • Mark Eggleton

Scientists breaking the barriers to market for clean energy ideas

CSIRO’s researchers are showing the pathway for great renewable energy projects to be translated into workable technologies.

  • Alexandra Cain

Commodities turn to net-zero for green premium

Environmentally sustainable practices are being built into mining processes in the hope that there will be a market for net-zero commodities.

  • Christopher Niesche