… and the next big baseload project will likely be PNG hydro. Origin Energy CEO Grant King also discusses the RET, the case for smart meters and the changing nature of the energy retail industry, the flickering prospects of geothermal, and why he said no to Solar Flagships.
TRUenergy boosts wind plans, goes big on gas; India tender process delivers record low-cost solar deal; solar thermal cheaper than PV?
EU utilities try to curb PV installation as merit order impact bites into earnings, while China pushes PV throttle to the floor.
ACT energy minister says the solar tariff auction could redefine the cost profile of solar in this country, and could eventually be cost free.
PacHydro establishes a green energy retailer to bypass the influence of the big three utilities. The first priority will be to write a PPA for its Solar Flagships proposal, as Acciona replaces BP Solar in the Moree Solar consortium.
Germany slashes solar tariffs faster and deeper than expected, EU energy companies push for tighter targets.
Origin Energy’s surplus of renewable energy certificates now extends to 2015/16, so it’s in no hurry to sign PPAs. Plus, Grant King on energy demand, gas and coal export parity, and its portfolio of clean energy projects.
NOAA says US could be 70% renewable by 2030; China could hit 15GW solar target by 2013; Ukraine solar booms, capacity set to double.
Origin says installations, revenue and profits from solar PV slump sharply, but EV market looking promising.
The cleantech rivalry between the US and China will have important implications for energy security, climate change, and trade in the global economy.