Plans to retire creaking fossil fuel electricity infrastructure are being accelerated as cheap and abundant renewables transform Australia’s energy mix.
Election contenders in the fossil fuel powerhouse differ on diplomacy, though both offer only modest plans to cut emissions and will support the coal sector.
Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries will study converting Centralia’s coal facility in Washington.
Shareholders will vote on energy giant’s inaugural climate report at meeting next week.
Indian billionaire developed the Carmichael mine in Queensland amid fierce opposition from climate activists to global banks.
Rising installations of solar and wind power mean efforts to shift workers from coal mines to renewable energy are speeding up.