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Deloitte not inexperienced with donations … Surprise! Defence think-tank likes data retention … DFAT plays real life Monopoly …

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More supply, perhaps, but don’t hold your breath for lower gas prices

Santos and AGL hope to drill more gas wells in New South Wales, but as they have an eye on the export market, this is not going to be good news for the hip pockets of gas customers.

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Gas shortage? Tapping the bubbling wells of spin and self-interest

Australia’s not on the brink of a gas shortage — but the industry is running out of new ways to spin. In part one of a Crikey investigation, we debunk the self-interested case of suppliers and governments.

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As AGL digs into coal, has renewable energy lost a friend?

Now that AGL proposes to further increase its leverage to fossil fuels and become the largest coal-fired generator in the country, exactly how supportive of renewable energy will it be?

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‘Another Coles and Woolies’: fears of electricity triopoly in MacGen takeover

AGL will buy Macquarie Generation for a bargain-basement price, raising fears of a lack of competition in an electricity market where prices are already heading skywards.

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Power sale: how they doorknocked customers, then sold them back

Australian Power & Gas stole energy customers from the majors through an aggressive doorknocking campaign — then sold them back at a premium. For Jim Myatt it was seven years well spent.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Michael Fraser at #3

Michael Fraser has a dual personality: he heads up a company with a massive carbon footprint that is also heavily involved in renewable energy. So why is he walking both sides of the line — and how did this quiet company man rise to the top? Climate Spectator and Crikey investigate.

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How to take the heat out of electricity prices

With all the talk about power bills there is unique opportunity for reform. But if governments overreact it could make things worse

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Gloucester landowners blockade AGL coal seam gas project

AGL plan to drill over a hundred wells in the valley that would, along with the coal mine expansions, transform the Gloucester valley into an industrial zone, writes John Hepburn.

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Post-Fukushima, Loy Yang plant may be sold in fire sale

There is speculation inside the corridors of Victoria’s largest power generator that it could be forced to a sale as a result of the nuclear disaster in Japan.

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You can’t take it with you (unless it’s your energy bill)

AGL appears to have begun to charge customers extra for being dead, writes Stephen Downes.

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