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Category: Interviews

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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.

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sungevity

Sungevity interview: Stuck in a lift with Gillard and Abbott

Danny Kennedy, an Australian who founded solar leasing firm Sungevity, explains his solar message for Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.

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vestas

Vestas says lack of certainty will kill wind energy in Australia

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.

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Interview: Infigen Energy's Miles George

Interview: Infigen Energy’s Miles George

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.

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Robert F. Kennedy jr: We should have solar on every rooftop

Robert F. Kennedy jr: We should have solar on every rooftop

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.

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Interview: Robert F. Kennedy Jr

Interview: Robert F. Kennedy Jr

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.

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... and time to get real about climate, say Greens

… and time to get real about climate, say Greens

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.