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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
Origin Energy’s Frank Calabria has overseen the group’s return to more normal levels of profitability, fuelling calls for Brookfield and EIG Partners to pay more.

Inside Origin’s $18.7b game of M&A bluff

Origin Energy’s takeover is unlike any major deal we’ve seen in the past decade. The ball is firmly in Brookfield and EIG’s court.

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  • Anthony Macdonald
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

This Month

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
One in five homes in Australia has rooftop solar panels installed.

Solar boom unleashes surge of below-zero power prices

Wholesale electricity prices are going negative more often, underscoring the financial pressures on ageing coal-fired power plants.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
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
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
Origin chairman Scott Perkins addresses the annual shareholder meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Cranky Origin shareholders grill chairman on bid price

Dissatisfaction with the $18.7 billion takeover offer price has spilt over to small shareholders, who grilled chairman Scott Perkins at the AGM in Sydney.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Donna Jones of Yackandandah, Victoria, has solar panels and a battery.

She wanted to do the right thing on renewables – but found a $6b bonus

Yackandandah nurse Donna Jones volunteered for Project Edge to support the grid’s transition from coal power. She discovered there were far more benefits.

  • Ben Potter
Alinta Energy boss Jeff Dimery has been busy on the M&A circuit.

Alinta Energy taps MA Moelis to shop billing platform

Alinta is understood to have fielded inbound interest, before kicking off a wider search. 

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Origin CEO Frank Calabria and chairman Scott Perkins were heralded for opting to sell the company for $18.7 billion in March. Now they have to re-convince some shareholders.

Origin Energy court date sets up Brookfield showdown

The board’s decision to sell for $18.7 billion will be backed by its independent expert, but shareholders are gearing up for a round of robust talks.

  • Anthony Macdonald
Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio discusses the energy transition challenge with Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen at the Summit in Sydney.

‘The capital is there.’ So what’s stalling the energy transition?

Problems around new transmission means Australia may fall short of its 2030 targets, but political will, capital and renewable resources remain strong drivers for the transition.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith and Mark Ludlow
 The ACCC has approved the buyout of Origin Energy.

ACCC argument to back Origin takeover is flimsy, say analysts

The regulator says although the deal is likely to reduce competition, that is outweighed by the greater benefit to the public from an accelerated energy transition.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Jeff Antcliff, Vinnies,

How Vinnies cracked rooftop solar’s landlord problem

At Vinnies’ Dandenong South warehouse, 230 solar panels have slashed the non-profit’s power bill from $1800 a month to $300.

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  • Ben Potter
Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood (l), Pollination’s Zoe Whitton and Boardroom Energy’s Matthew Warren at the summit on Tuesday,

‘Get your candles’: energy experts are ‘terrified’ about this summer

A summer of blackouts has emerged as a real risk from Australia’s creaking power system, increasing the likelihood of extra government intervention.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
ACCC boss Gina Cass Gottlieb.

ACCC cites energy transition in approving Origin’s $18.7b takeover

A surge in Origin’s shares after its suitors won competition approval for their takeover offer has added further pressure for a bump-up in the offer price.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith