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Category: Interviews

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FRV says Australia solar pipeline worthless if RET changed

FRV says Australia solar pipeline worthless if RET changed

Spain’s FRV says “extreme” views and RET Review making Australia less attractive for investment, but coal cannot deliver cheap energy over long term.

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Interview: Simon Corbell on wind, solar and dismal energy politics

Interview: Simon Corbell on wind, solar and dismal energy politics

Australia’s most progressive energy minister on wind auctions, solar NIMBYs, storage options, the ‘dismal’ RET review and options for the states.

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Interview: Origin Energy CEO Grant King

Interview: Origin Energy CEO Grant King

Origin CEO on the RET review, why solar and distributed energy is a free-rider, the case for electric vehicles and the future of utilities.

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Canadian Solar sees global solar installs at 100GW a year

Canadian Solar sees global solar installs at 100GW a year

Canadian Solar CEO laments Australia’s lack of utility scale solar, but says the word is probably headed towards a distributed grid in any case.

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Interview: Origin Energy CEO Grant King

Interview: Origin Energy CEO Grant King

Grant King is head of Australia’s biggest utility, Origin Energy. He is also highly influential in Coalition circles, which makes him a powerful figure if the Coalition wins the election. In this interview, he talks about the carbon price, renewable energy, the gas market, and the solar industry.

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How solar and EVs will kill the last of the industry dinosaurs

How solar and EVs will kill the last of the industry dinosaurs

A Stanford energy expert predicts that, by 2030, solar will make the fossil fuel industry more or less redundant. Even more striking is his forecast that electric vehicles will do the same thing to the oil industry, by around the same date.

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Interview: ACT minister Simon Corbell

Interview: ACT minister Simon Corbell

ACT minister Simon Corbell on his government’s solar auction; plans for another 650MW of renewable energy by 2020; how to balance the costs; and how to counter the vested interests whose arguments against renewables are based on “fear and ignorance.”

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simon Mackenzie vector

Interview: Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie

A must read interview from the CEO of a network operator who recognises that new technologies will change the electricity industry forever. He says network operators need to share the benefits of solar and storage with consumers. Those who insist on wasting dead capital on legacy assets, and passing cost onto consumers, will simply fade into oblivion.

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Yates

Interview: Oliver Yates on Coalition “myths” about CEFC

Oliver Yates says Coalition’s opposition to CEFC is the result of “preconceptions” and a misunderstanding about its role and purpose.

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Interview: Hareon CEO sees 50GW solar in China within years

Interview: Hareon CEO sees 50GW solar in China within years

Hareon CEO sees China rooftop solar boom, but worried about conflict in Australia with energy incumbents. “This is not about individual companies’ commercial interest.”

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ARENA

ARENA plans new mechanisms as funding cut, deferred

ARENA has suffered a 5 pct cut in funds, and had a further $370 million in funding deferred. However, the agency says the “reprofiling” may suit its investment plans, as it considers tariff support and contracts for difference to augment one off grants. And it is about to launch a new $400 million off-grid and remote renewables investment program.