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.
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.