Energy Insiders Podcast April 16

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The National Energy Guarantee has been re-designed. What does this mean? What will COAG agree to do this Friday? What are the implications for renewables, and storage?

This is the one of the key topics of the latest Energy Insiders podcast, which also brings you three interviews from last week’s Smart Energy conference in Sydney.

We have Mark Leslie, the Asia-Pacific chief for Fluence, which is the big rival to Tesla in the industrial-sized storage space, and which is about to build a first-of-its-kind battery in Bendigo.

We speak with Jonathan Fisk, from Solaray Energy, giving insight into the booming rooftop solar market, and why one in five customers are also going for battery storage.

And we speak with Gavin Deitz from Wattwatchers. For all the talk about hardware, the market is still missing a key ingredient – knowledge, and consumers are making poor decisions because of it.

To listen to past episodes of Energy Insiders as well as our sister podcast Solar Insiders, please click here.

Solaray is a proud sponsor of Energy Insiders

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  • DugS

    Thank you for another great podcast. I have one bone to pick with David regarding the cost of an EV.
    While we all would like to have cheap cars that do amazing things the reality is EV’s are a nascent product and are not yet supported by the efficiencies of mass production in the same way ICE cars are. As a man who crunches numbers for a living I’m sure this would be self evident. Additionally, a major incentive to choose an EV is to move to a less polluting mode of transport. Climate change makes this an imperative of any thinking person, i.e. the choice is not about cost but about what kind of an environment we choose for our children to live in. Harsh, true, but very real nevertheless, just ask the polar bears. Finally, there is the externality cost. ICE cars are not yet charged for the pollution they cause by burning fossil fuels and fossil fuel companies do not pay for the environmental destruction caused by extracting and processing the stuff they suck out of the ground. And yet there is indubitably a cost, it is just shifted to everyone of us. So the more petrol or diesel that ICE car of yours burns the more you are imposing the filth that comes out the exhaust onto me and my kids and everyone else. This is not fair and so this cost must be borne by the polluter. Until this concept sinks into the general public awareness there is the expectation that those of us in the know should be examples of enlightenment and lead the way in a clean EV.
    The transition to a clean energy system must encompass transportation of all types as well as the generation of the energy in the first place. This seems to be slowly dawning on Renew Economy as EV’s are mentioned more and more frequently. So it is incumbent on you guys to be as up to speed about EV’s as much as solar farms, pumped hydro and the machinations of the NEG. So next time you see a marvel of modern technology in the form of an electrically powered car don’t just brush it off casually with the comment, ‘it’s a bit expensive’ as the alternative is far more expensive only the currency is in lives, not dollars.

    • MrMauricio

      The external costs-health,longevity,water costs,climate costs need to be priced in to the cost of electricity!!