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Fortescue makes slow start on push for fifth iron ore export record

Fortescue has refused to give up on a goal to set a fifth consecutive iron ore export record despite making a slow start to the new financial year.

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  • Peter Ker
AGL chairman Michael Fraser (l) and CEO Adam Watson at the AGM in Sydney on Thursday.

APA suffers protest vote on pay as chairman warns on climate targets

Michael Fraser said energy policies need to be “realistic” to avoid losing public support for the transition as prices rise and the lights go out.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Donna Jones took part in Project Edge, a trial of two-way grid trading for solar/battery homeowners in Yackandandah, Victoria.

Pay households and they will use energy wisely

If you offer money to householders to provide power at certain times or to reduce demand, they will happily do it – provided it isn’t just a pea and thimble trick.

  • Tristan Edis

Critical minerals projects ‘at risk from Labor environment plan’

Investment and jobs in Western Australia’s resources sector are at risk from the Albanese government’s environmental protection laws, industry warns.

  • Tom Rabe

Qld backs $5b transmission project despite mine closures

Government says there is still a strong need for the 1100 kilometre transmission line from Townsville to Mount Isa despite Glencore closing its copper mines in 2025.

  • Mark Ludlow


Cement is considered in key manufacturing product that is difficult to produce while also lowering greenhouse emissions.

Union backs Boral in emissions bunfight

The AWU warns against investment funds “hounding” companies on emissions targets to the point where industry is at risk.

  • Simon Evans
Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Western allies need to break China’s critical minerals monopoly

The US commerce secretary slams China’s inclination to cut off supplies to some countries, while Anthony Albanese says Australia can move up the value chain.

  • Andrew Tillett

This Month

Global demand for coal and gas for power generation will peak within seven years, the International Energy Agency says.

Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2030: global energy body

The IEA’s annual report warns that avoiding catastrophic climate change requires a 30 per cent cut in extraction of oil and gas by 2030.

  • Jacob Greber

Smart ways to get the most out of your solar

Homeowners are using tips and tricks to shift as much of their power usage as possible to solar.

  • Christopher Niesche

After slow start, EV sales pick up speed

The recent jump in sales of electric vehicles comes before the full effects of new lower-cost Chinese models for less than $40,000 are felt.

  • Tony Davis

The final stop before landfill: waste-to-energy plants

With the right technology, sewage sludge, abattoir and household waste can all be converted into energy or usable products.

  • Sian Powell
Households won’t get any relief from high power bills until next year.

No escape from hot weather or high power prices this summer

A big fall in wholesale power prices this year won’t be reflected on household power bills until July, if the grid survives a predicted long, hot summer.

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  • Mark Ludlow
Sam Elsom, CEO of Sea Forest

How to cut emissions with seaweed and burgers

The development of asparagopsis as a livestock feed supplement is just one of many ways the agricultural sector is reducing emissions.

  • Larry Schlesinger
University of NSW senior lecturer Megan Evans says an offset market won’t help restore nature.

Biodiversity credits aim to help repair nature

The government is seeking to establish a nature repair market, with biodiversity credits creating a new asset class for investors.

  • Christopher Niesche

Commuters captured under tough climate regime

Carbon emissions caused by employees commuting to work or on business trips may need to be disclosed under mandatory new accounting standards.

  • Patrick Durkin
Fortescue Metals chief executive Dino Otranto.

Rio, BHP and Fortescue at electrification crossroads

Iron ore miners in the Pilbara are under pressure to slash emissions and preparing to fork out billions on emissions-free trucks and renewables.

  • Brad Thompson
Rio Tinto iron ore boss Simon Trott and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Michael Woodley outside the former Victoria Hotel in Roebourne on Friday.

Rio Tinto in solar farm deal with Forrest foes

Rio Tinto is looking to a traditional owner group at war with Andrew Forrest to supply renewable energy to its iron ore operations.

  • Brad Thompson
The Dubbo region has abundant solar power capacity.

NSW pumps $128m into community benefits for first green energy zone

Funds will flow early to projects in communities impacted by new transmission and renewable energy projects, in a bid to improve local support.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin CEO Frank Calabria at the AGM in Sydney on Wednesday.

‘No choice’: Origin deal faces mounting opposition

With Origin shares trading well above the offer price from the Brookfield consortium, it is in no one’s interest to support the deal, VanEck says.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
A woman holds a cable to charge up a Renault Kangoo ZE electric utility vehicle at a Renault automobile dealership in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France.

States demand federal fix to EV tax chaos

The Albanese government is under pressure from the states and territories to resolve a wide-reaching tax problem, following a High Court ruling.

  • Ronald Mizen and Tom McIlroy
Glencore is closing its copper mines but will keep its copper smelter in Mount Isa open.

Kick global miner Glencore out of Mount Isa: Katter

Controversial independent MP Bob Katter has called on the Queensland government to cancel Glencore’s mining leases in Mount Isa and find other owners.

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  • Mark Ludlow
The current High Court bench: (from left) Jacqueline Gleeson,  James Edelman, Stephen Gageler, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, Michelle Gordon, Simon Steward and Jayne Jagot.

Why the EV decision is a bad sign for High Court

There were five different judgments from the seven justices, suggesting retiring Chief Justice Susan Kiefel’s push for them to work more closely may be in vain.

  • Michael Pelly
Origin chairman Scott Perkins addresses the annual shareholder meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Origin valuation stirs investors’ quest for higher offer

An independent expert’s valuation has given investors more leverage to argue for a higher price, despite the deal being deemed “fair and reasonable”.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Rio Tinto iron ore boss Simon Trott.

Rio opens door to working with POSCO on green iron plant in Pilbara

POSCO is studying the feasibility of using green hydrogen to power a hot briquette iron plant near Port Hedland.

  • Brad Thompson
The takeover deal has been  accepted by Origin’s board and will now go before shareholders.

Why Origin takeover is not a done deal

Arguments over the proposed takeover of Origin Energy demonstrate the confusion about energy transition. What is clear is that the business is performing well.

  • Jennifer Hewett