Some localities in Australia already have a saturated solar market, with penetration levels of 90 per cent. More will likely follow.
Maps & Graphs
Coal generation falls to record lows in Australia, as consumers use less energy and more wind and gas fired generation is used.
The cost of rooftop PV has fallen sharply, but for many consumers it may still not be a sound economic investment without storage. But what is the cost of batteries? And what are the implications for network providers? This could be the next big debate in the energy industry.
What if France phased out nuclear? By 2034? This Graph of the Day shows how it could reach 100 per cent renewables by 2050.
Solar is getting cheaper and is becoming competitive with fossil fuels. It even works on cloudy days, says our Graph of the Day.
Yingli says cost of solar modules fell another 25% in 2012, and suggests that will continue in 2013.
Solar and wind are rapidly changing energy markets. As this graph of the day shows, baseload generation may be redundant within a decade.
Today’s graph of the day shows that wind farm output often coincide with periods of peak demand high wholesale prices.
The challenge to address climate change often appears overwhelming. But are we trying to make it too complicated? Let’s imagine a bathtub filling with water. We need to turn off the tap and take out the plug.
Australia boasts some of the highest ‘churn’ rates of electricity customers in the world. Special offers made to switching customers are subsidised by the majority.