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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel says bipartisan support for renewables needs to extend beyond next election, because lack of certainty will kill capital intensive wind industry. He notes other countries are maintaining and expanding renewable targets, and concedes storage will be the “game-changer” for the technology.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr explains how solar energy can help counter the ‘corruption’ of the fossil fuel industry while also helping to ‘democratise’ the energy industry – one rooftop at a time.
The outspoken US renewable energy advocate – son of the late Robert F. Kennedy – on his green summit with JFK as an eight year-old, the global energy subsidy divide, the importance of policy certainty, and the crucial link between renewable energy and democracy.
Bernie Fraser on the power of the fossil fuel lobby and it’s hold over the Coalition, threats to dismantle the CCA, his decision to leave the LRET target unchanged, but move commercial solar from an uncapped target into a capped one, and the next big task of the authority – Australia’s emission reduction target.
ARENA chairman Greg Bourne explains the rejection of Solar Dawn, why he rejects technology pie charts, why he is focused on hybrid and remote solutions, and his take on geothermal.
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.
The Infigen Energy managing director says wind farms need to be commissioned soon to ensure the Renewable Energy Target is met. He expects solar PV to play a significant role, and is excited about the opportunities of battery storage and combining this with wind and solar.
Why are Australian utilities dragging their heals on commissioning new wind farms? Infigen Energy CEO Miles George gives his side of the story, plus the latest on the planned 35MW solar PV farm, why wind speeds have slipped at Capital, and the ongoing fight against anti-wind campaigners.
Hareon CEO sees China rooftop solar boom, but worried about conflict in Australia with energy incumbents. “This is not about individual companies’ commercial interest.”
First Solar CEO James Hughes gives his take on the rooftop and utility-scale solar markets; why centralised power is here to stay, why solar will win the intermediate and peaking markets; cost productions; solar hot spots, and why grid parity does not matter.
Greens leader Christine Milne discusses the implications of the latest heat-wave, the IPCC meeting in Hobart, The Australian’s “scoop” on sea level rises, why mainstream parties will avoid climate change in the election, the Senate inquiry into extreme weather and her visit to a 24-hour solar plant.