Topic archives: AGL

Crikey Worm: AGL resists mounting pressure

April 6, 2018

Good morning, early birds, and welcome to the new-look Worm. AGL's CEO holds his ground against mounting pressure from the federal government, as well now as the ACCC. Plus, the Commonwealth Bank agrees to repay $26 million to swindled customers. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The government is letting us down on inflation

and February 14, 2018 4

The highest inflation facing Australian families comes from industries where governments, at least notionally, control prices.

So that’s where all your energy money has been going!

February 9, 2018 8

AGL told the ASX yesterday that its profit had nearly doubled to $622 million from $325 million a year earlier.

Rundle: venceremos, comrade! Turnbull goes to war against capitalism.

September 13, 2017 26

In attempting to keep Liddell going, Turnbull’s government has gone to war against every single principle of capitalism and the free-market.

Could energy uncertainty be the gift that keeps on giving for Turnbull?

September 13, 2017 17

By prolonging uncertainty around investment in energy generation, the government gives itself scope to keep blaming Labor and renewables for blackouts -- at least until voters wake up to it.

Buyer beware: the warning signs for Liddell buyers

September 12, 2017 6

The Turnbull government really wants someone, anyone, to buy the Liddell coal-fired power plant. But lessons from Hazelwood should remind any potential buyer that an ageing, dying power plant is often more trouble than it's worth.

Nationalisation back on the agenda in politicians’ power panic

September 12, 2017 26

As politicians panic about the energy crisis they themselves have created, some old ideas are suddenly fashionable again.

Turnbull plays favourites as pre-Keating economics become ‘cool’ again

September 11, 2017 5

As interventionism becomes fashionable again, governments will do what they've always done -- play favourites and go after enemies. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 7, 2017 3

Is Fred Nile's chief of staff tweeting alt-right propaganda? ... Brandis goes silent ... kids these days ...

Welcome to Honest Mal’s Used Coal-Fired Power Plants

September 6, 2017 16

Would you buy a used coal-fired power station from this man? Malcolm Turnbull insists we need to keep running old coal-fired plants to keep the lights on.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 11, 2017

Need to work out the kinks of "Send Bill to Jail" campaign ... power play ... Abbott's jacket offensive ...

Alcoa bail-out opens up a new front in an old culture war

January 20, 2017 3

The right's insistence on maintaining the Alcoa aluminium smelting plant is reactionary: the greenies want Portland to close, and therefore it must be kept open, writes John Quiggin.

Business bites: iron ore heals … Rupert’s new deal? … AGL reels …

February 4, 2016

Is Rupert Murdoch eyeing off Viacom? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Business bites: commodity ills … Greece to print bills? … write-down mill …

Business bites: commodity ills … Greece to print bills? … write-down mill …

July 7, 2015

Can Greece just start printing money? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Business bites: solar slam … organic Spam … thank you, ma’am …

May 27, 2015

Spam is going organic. And being nice to people is a winning business strategy.

Even gas execs admit that we don’t <em>need</em> more gas drilling in NSW

Even gas execs admit that we don’t need more gas drilling in NSW

February 16, 2015 3

Some coal seam gas types are saying NSW will face a gas shortage this winter. This is nonsense, and they know it.

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

November 26, 2014 13

Is Queensland's electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor's argument ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 8, 2014 7

Queensland nurses unhappy about emails ... Kyle Sandilands gets into finance ... AGL callers get mixed messages ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 14, 2014 1

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

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

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

February 27, 2014 2

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.