AGL Energy – once the ‘greenest’ retailer in the country and now the largest producer of coal-fired energy – has called for the renewable energy target to be scrapped altogether.
Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.
As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand.
RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The solar industry has been worried that Ausralian may impose tariffs on cheap solar module imports from China. The surprise imposition of tariffs on Australian coal imports has just lifted the stakes dramatically.
The utility industry is making a big push for smart meters to be rolled out across the country, partly because it hopes this will enable them to lock in customers, and help introduce flexible tariffs. But smart innovators are literally blowing Raspberries at these best laid plans, with new technologies that allow consumers to control their home systems.