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).
Wind production was almost negligible for 62 hours to yesterday. While a wind-only electricity grid is unrealistic it illustrates some of the potential challenges surrounding reliance on battery storage.
With the federal sphere a complete mess, several state governments are now saying all the right things about wanting to encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency. But translating it into action is far harder. A cross-state joint renewable energy procurement auction would be a good start.
The poster child for cleantech in this country, Ceramic Fuel Cells, has recently gone into administration due to financial difficulties and it doesn’t surprise me at all. The technology can't match it with a combination of solar, wind, batteries and heat pumps.
ARENA will fund WA utility Synergy to do yet another trial involving batteries, solar PV, energy efficiency and smart meters with developer Lend Lease. It could cut the cost of connecting new homes to the grid by thousands, but may also be the very definition of insanity.
The AEMC's proposed rule change, which closes to submissions next week, would support batteries, solar and energy efficiency and help Australia close the gap on demand management energy savings, which are half those of the US.
Many companies want to be the ones associated with the smart home, where you control all the various appliances for energy efficiency and personal preference. And a Silicon Valley microinverter firm thinks it's best-placed to deliver.
For electric cars to be cleaner than their petrol-guzzling brethren, they need a power supply that emits less than 600 tonnes of CO2e per gigawatt-hour. While the US and EU are on the right side of the ledger, Australia and China are not.
Heater air-conditioners are considered the evil vampire of the grid. But they already have the internet smarts to make them the smartgrid and solar's best asset - while reducing energy consumption and making your home more comfortable.
A Victorian Government program to subsidise the extension of gas supply infrastructure to regional towns at costs of $60,000 per connected home to continue, even though gas no longer financially attractive for households.