Johnston bullish on batteries

There’s no bad news in Western Australia’s battery industry, Energy Minister Bill Johnston says, shrugging off the deferral of major projects in recent months.

Magellan drafts expansion plans

Magellan Power is considering operations for a capital raising early next year, including an IPO, as it sharpens its strategy to expand production of standalone power systems and microgrids.

Woodside takes quantum leap

Quantum computing is the next technology frontier for gas producer Woodside Petroleum, with the Perth-based business today becoming the first in Australia to join IBM’s Q Network.

Carbon answers needed for LNG

The Conservation Council WA has ramped up its continuing criticism of the LNG industry, with a report released today arguing other parts of the state's economy will have an “impossible ask” to reduce emissions to compensate for recent petroleum developments assuming the national target is applied uniformly.

The power of money

OPINION: The investment opportunities offered by new energy models could change the debate over climate policy.

Feds switch lanes on energy

A $1 billion fund to subsidise grid reliability and an expert panel to review Australia’s emissions abatement program are signs the federal government might be rethinking its approach to climate policy.

Data helps drive optimal outcomes

From the use of big data to recycling plastics, WA businesses are developing a sustainability niche, but the path to commercialisation can be tough.

Perth Energy wins $4.5m gas contract

AGL Energy subsidiary Perth Energy has secured a $4.5 million three-year contract with the North Metropolitan Health Service, its biggest natural gas supply agreement with a state government agency this year.

Fed govt backs Alinta-FMG power station

The use of renewable energy in the mining sector is being given a boost, with the federal government and Alinta Energy jointly funding a $200 million solar facility that will help to power Fortescue Metals Group’s iron ore mines.

WA companies band together against slavery

Fortescue Metals Group, South32, Iluka Resources, Western Power and Synergy are among a group of 10 resources and energy companies collaborating to develop a toolkit to pre-screen for modern slavery risks within their supply chains.

The piper must be paid

OPINION: Sensible debate about the cost of progressive environmental policy is missing amid the noise from politicians and green activists.

Perkins starts $15m Western Power construction

Perkins Builders has continued its streak of contract wins, after it was awarded the main construction works for a $15 million Western Power depot in Pinjarra.

Coventry Village installs 4,600 solar panels

Coventry Village in Morley has joined the list of Perth shopping centres to go solar, with the installation of a new 1.3-megawatt solar power system.

Synergy hit by $657m loss

Power utility Synergy has taken a $446 million impairment and reported a loss of $656.9 million in the year to June, which the state government-owned business said was driven by higher fixed costs as revenue fell.

Energy juniors to raise $7.3m

Oil and gas explorer Whitebark Energy and uranium-focused Toro Energy are seeking to advance their respective projects with equity, with Whitebark completing a share placement and Toro launching a share purchase plan.

Perth business goes carbon neutral

Family-owned fertiliser producer Baileys has been the given the green light as a carbon neutral certified business, as part of an overall strategy to become more environmentally friendly.

CEFC boosts commitment

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation claims to have increased its investment in WA 10-fold since 2018.

Carnegie rights issue scrapes through

Carnegie Clean Energy has reached the minimum of $5.5 million from its rights issue, but announced a shortfall of around $6 million, as the collapsed wave power company inches closer to recapitalisation and relisting on the ASX.

Pacific accepts QIC offer

The board of Pacific Energy has backed QIC’s improved takeover bid, after it matched a rival $470 million offer.

Fight for Pacific becomes bitter

The two-way battle to acquire Pacific Energy has turned hostile, after original bidder, QIC, lodged an application with the Takeovers Panel today.

Synergy wins $30m govt contract

Synergy has secured a substantial electricity supply deal with the North Metropolitan Health Service, one of several electricity contracts awarded by government agencies in the health and education sectors in recent months.