A test drive in a Tesla – and a collective “Tesla smile” in the conservative ranks – might give the Abbott government an insight into the future. And how the confluence of renewables, storage and software will shape the future. It is not so scary, and not some part of a green plot or climate hoax designed to bring down their society.
Articles by Giles Parkinson
Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
Graph underlines renewables penetration in Australia, as AEMO observes no issue with SA having 100% renewables, as long as interconnector stays connected.
One of the key members of the Warburton Review that recommended the end of subsidies under the renewable energy target has just installed a large solar system on a rural property – using the very same subsidy that he wants abolished.
New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.
Australian Energy Regulator says network models need to be changed to allow greater access for customers to participate in the market. It warns that if barriers remain, then prosumers – those generating and storing their own energy – will “walk away” from the grid.
US solar giant SunEdison has confirmed its purchase of Energy Matters, continuing the growing incursion of US solar companies into Australian market.
NSW Planning Minister says new rules coming as she laments wind farms turning countryside into “industrial” zones.
Attempts by some utilities to erect barriers around their business models is inspiration some innovative work-arounds from the solar and battery storage industry. Welcome to the “guerrilla” war between solar and the old energy models.
Ergon Energy looks to take remote customers off-grid rather than paying for grid upgrades. It wants “visibility” on costs to encourage alternative technologies.
Will the Coalition’s hatred of wind turbines get in the way of a deal with Labor over the renewable energy target? Many think so. Key Coalition figures are warming to solar, and it seems that the small-scale target is safe for the moment.target is safe for the moment.