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).
Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.
Home energy storage is a bit like teenagers and sex – everyone’s talking about it, not many are doing it. Tesla’s Powerwall isn’t even available for sale, but by the sheer power of Elon Musk’s mystique he is already forcing everyone else to convert his dream into reality.
Suburban detached housing is rightfully extinct in many European cities. If Australia wants to keep its sprawled-out lifestyle we need to cut its costs, and that means a proper solar-power, electric-car, building-standards makeover.
While Elon Musk tries to upend the automotive sector, an even bigger industry - construction - is on the brink of a modern disruption, with early signs showing that the 'factory made home' era will be good for the environment.
Innovation, new business models and unregulated revenues are set to become the focus for progressive utilities - especially network operators - as solar, electric vehicles and microgrids spread their influence.
It is possible to mitigate climate change and lower health impacts through less reliance on private automobiles, reduced urban sprawl, higher rates of public transit, and stringent vehicle emission controls.
Victoria's energy efficiency scheme saw generally stable submission numbers and some late month volatility while NSW's scheme lifted after the government released an options paper as part of its review.
Ahead of the smart bunnies developing web-based calculators for the many variables, here’s an early analysis looking at the total cost - and financial return - of investing in the Powerwall from an Australian perspective.