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).
Off-grid systems will be increasingly affordable for average households – so if grid operators continue protectionist policies to block homes from exporting solar, it will just force more savvy PV owners to disconnect.
Shares in clean energy firms rose 5.9 per cent in the quarter on the back of the performance of 12 companies, including battery developer RedFlow and diversified power developer and transporter Eden Energy.
Old government utilities such as Ergon Energy and Synergy now believe that small-scale power options - such as solar, batteries and energy efficiency - are superseding the need for grid expansions. New analysis from the IEA shows how big a change they could make.
The government has quietly initiated a low key, unscheduled review into Australia’s national appliance energy efficiency standards. Why fiddle with a policy delivering consumer savings and easy abatement?
As the world starts to quantify the startling benefits of energy efficiency, the Napthine Government is using dubious logic to kill a Victorian scheme delivering a net $100m boost to the state's economy.