Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
Consumers will only buy solar and storage products if they are confident they will be safe and do what they say on the label. To ensure consumers confidence in these products remains high we've established a solar PV retailer code of conduct.
A Melbourne City Council official has informed Climate Spectator that while Melbourne City Council has teamed-up with several other councils to procure renewable energy the amount they will seek will not ever approach 1200 megawatts in spite of this being the goal of the council for its own municipality.
Going off-grid may cost a lot of money but the biggest issue is that your solar system will go to waste. In my case, 80 per cent of solar generation would be surplus to my needs and dumped. Far better to use it to displace fossil fuel generators supplying my neighbours.
One of Australia's leading authorities on solar and batteries has found that even by 2020 the economics of battery systems won't add up unless you live in Adelaide or Alice Springs. But they aren't eye-wateringly bad either and that may be good enough for many consumers.
The latest CEDEX index for power sector shows black coal continuing its recovery since the carbon price was repealed and renewables went into a review-induced investment freeze. In addition Queensland's power demand is spiking upwards while other states' demand remain flat.
The assumptions underpinning the International Energy Agency's projections of the growth of renewable energy and the countries' follow-through on emission reductions have been criticised as unrealistically pessimistic and out-of-date. Even so they still see a radical shift in the world's energy market.
Following on from a look at what happens to your power consumption when you switch off the gas central heater, I’ll now look at what type of battery and solar system might get me through winter without the grid connection.
Contrary to the assertions of some, electricity networks will be vital in any effort to decarbonise our power system. The issue is whether we allow the growth of solar and batteries to be driven by the value they create or their ability to shift costs onto others.
The International Energy Agency released its latest World Energy Outlook on Monday,stating they 'see clear signs that the energy transition is underway.' The problem is, the numbers they use in the report don’t really match up with this stated optimism, repeating a historical pattern of error.
If you believe some in the media we are apparently at imminent risk of suffering serious blackouts as a result of proliferating solar panels and wind farms. But is that what the energy market operator actually said?
The managing director of one of Australia's major power networks - Jemena - better explains his remarks about those considering the use of solar and batteries to go off-grid, and why customers and society will be well served by using the electricity network to share power.
Large-scale renewable energy certificates or LGCs are close to passing the $70 mark with little sign of retailers signing onto agreements for new projects and concerns growing about a shortage in 2017. Meanwhile small-scale certificates are stuck at the price cap as the clearing house deficit exceeds 2 million certificates.
The first round results from the latest Indian solar auction indicate prices below $US80/MWh will be realised. Such results used to create surprise and disbelief, but are now feeding expectations that bidding under ARENA’s big solar auction will be fierce.
Parts of South Australia lost power supply last night due to the loss of grid connection with Victoria. Is this a sign of things to come from a grid increasingly dominated by unreliable wind and solar power?