Attempts by the Australian Energy Market Commission to have its controversial transmission costing proposals for wind and solar farms rubber stamped by state and federal ministers have failed, and the market rule maker has been told to go back and consult with stakeholders.
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Energy giant Alinta is threatening an early closure of one of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power stations, a move that is likely to put it on a collision course with the Federal Government
Speaking on The Business program, Jeff Dimery, the chief executive of Alinta, which owns a portfolio of coal and gas generators, said the low cost of renewables would likely make coal obsolete.
A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.
Victoria braces for the worst as an extreme heatwave is set to bring destructive bushfires more severe than 2009’s deadly Black Saturday
Victoria is bracing for a 'very extreme' heatwave tipped to be worse than the fatal Black Saturday fires from a decade ago.
Victoria will fight to overhaul energy market rules in a bid to prevent summer blackouts amid concerns that ageing power plants are increasingly unreliable during heatwaves.
The Australian Energy Market Commission has rejected a strong push by the wind and solar industry to dump the current method of assessing transmission and network losses, and has instead insisted it will plough on with its own controversial proposals.
Prices of electricity in South Australia are tracking lowest in nation on the spot market for the second month in a row — but consumers will have to wait before seeing cuts to their bills.
Origin Energy has renewed a contract with Engie Australia that will extend the operation of a South Australian gas plant by another four years in a move that should reduce risks to security of supply in the state that is increasingly dependent on renewable energy.
The chief executive of Queensland's new state-owned renewable energy company CleanCo said its generation assets will help flatten out the so-called "duck curve" on the energy grid and deliver lower prices when it begins trading this week.
An upgrade of the Queensland-NSW Interconnector will be underwritten by Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a move to increase com¬petition between generators in the electricity market and drive down wholesale energy prices amid pressure from coal station closures.
Australian energy giant AGL has signed a major deal for battery storage that will see four large-scale batteries – each of 50MW/100MWh – developed in NSW by the Australian renewable energy company Maoneng.
Energy companies are being warned they must “play by the rules” after Labor capitulated on the Morrison government’s “big stick” laws, in a major win for the Coalition.
The Australian Energy Market Commission's radical reforms to shake up transmission systems for the electricity grid should not be rushed, big energy companies and renewable operators have warned, saying these could clash with other changes.
The NSW energy minister Matt Kean has urged Australia’s investment community to support new energy projects and drive the energy transition in the state, and predicts that renewables, coupled with storage or fast-start gas generators, will replace the state’s ageing coal plants.
Wind energy could supply more than one third of global electric power demand by 2040 and could, in turn, save up to four million lives a year, according to a new study from professional services network KPMG and commissioned by wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
The world is watching as Australia powers ahead with rooftop solar, but the pressure is on to get energy security and reliability
Australia continues to deliver good news on the growing share of renewables in the main electricity grid, and the resulting fall in electricity sector emissions.
Major east coast power users and the nation’s top regulators have been called to high-level meetings over the future of AGL Energy’s Liddell coal station as a joint federal and NSW government probe assesses risks to the electricity grid from its planned exit.
The rise of solar has claimed another record in SA, pushing grid demand even lower and providing more than half of power needs. Meanwhile, retailers are on notice to help struggling customers.
Dubai | Saudi Aramco is producing more than 9.9 million barrels a day of crude as it fully recovers from the worst ever attacks on its energy infrastructure.
Based on recent headlines, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are on the brink of a wholesale electricity price disaster.
Big energy users have called for new “demand response” rules to be fast-tracked and extended by allowing electricity to be sold into the wholesale market from both businesses and households as the threat of summer blackouts looms on the east coast.
New modelling and grid simulations conducted by the Australian Energy Market Operator are apparently at the heart of the decision last week to dramatically curtail the output of five big solar farms in Victoria and New South Wales by 50 per cent.
Only one generator out of four is currently operational at Victoria’s largest coal fired energy plant as temperatures warm across the state with the arrival of Spring.
Electricity giants will be given six months’ grace to prepare for the Morrison government’s “big stick” energy policy that threatens to split up the assets¬ of major power companies.
Unprecedented investment in large wind and solar power projects has put Australia on track to meet the federal government's 2020 large-scale renewable energy target.
Australian wind and solar farms are putting downward pressure on energy prices, and there are hundreds of new renewable facilities set to come online. But that green energy is stretching the country's outdated network of transmission lines.
Drought-hit regions of southern and eastern Australia got little if any relief during winter, with barely half the normal rainfall and the country still posting its warmest start to any year for daytime temperatures.
A failure of the Basslink power cable that links Tasmania to the mainland power grid is likely to last until mid-October, increasing pressure on security of electricity supply in Victoria in the run-up to summer just as two major generating units are also out of action.
The increasing regularity with which wholesale power prices are sinking below $0 during sunny and windy days is being more than cancelled out by more frequent high prices, defying expectations of a softening in levels overall.
It was an odd thing for the two national newspapers to focus on. Both The Australian and The Australian Financial Review decided that the most important thing to come out of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s scenario planning for the future grid released on Friday was the assumed absence of a carbon price.
The British government has privately appealed to senior Coalition ministers – including Angus Taylor and Marise Payne – to develop a more “ambitious” climate policy, amid growing concern Australia is not doing enough to cut emissions.
Emerging east coast gas producer Senex Energy has flagged a significant increase in investment this coming year to lift supplies for the tight east coast market, laying the foundations for what it expects to be a major jump in output over the next two years.
AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia have muscled in on an opportunity to secure federal government funding to support pumped hydro storage projects in South Australia.
Victoria’s looming emissions reduction goals and ambitious renewables targets may limit the lifespan of a major coal generator in the state amid a renewed focus on the stuttering transition to green energy in the nation’s power grid.
Ambitious plans to combine wind, solar, battery storage and potentially green hydrogen production at a hybrid “24/7” energy generation facility in South Australia have won development approval from the state government.
Energy retailers are pushing back against a proposal to allow large commercial users to enter the wholesale electricity market for the first time, prompting warnings that the sector wants to stifle competition.
Energy giant AGL has confirmed it will keep producing energy at its New South Wales Liddell coal fired power station until 2023 in order to help secure the grid.
Australia's gas supplies are poised to be reserved for local use as the Morrison government moves to further drive down household power bills and protect domestic manufacturing jobs.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz amid soaring tensions in one of the world's critical energy chokepoints. Brent climbed more than 1.3 per cent on the news.
Bob Brown’s criticisms of the southern hemisphere’s largest proposed wind farm have been backed by Tasmania’s Greens leader but dismissed by the proponent, who claims much opposition is misinformed or “political”.
Manufacturers including BlueScope Steel and CSR stand to benefit from proposed rule changes in the electricity market that will allow them to better control their power use and bid directly into the wholesale market, saying it will help drive down prices.
Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says free nuclear power could be offered to residents living close to a reactor to help build support for the controversial technology, as an analysis pinpoints which Australian towns are best placed to host a nuclear plant.
After years of skyrocketing prices, a highly unusual pricing event grabbed the market’s attention on Sunday. The spot price of wholesale electricity traded at zero in every eastern Australian state at the same time.