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).
India's pledge for the forthcoming climate conference in Paris reinforces a set of plans to massively upscale investment in renewable energy. Meanwhile its coal generators have suffered record low utilisation of 58.4% last July. It spells bad news for Australian coal exports.
As the true extent of Volkswagen's emission test deception is uncovered, it turns out it plus several other diesel car manufacturers spent as much as €18.5 million lobbying the European Union last year.
The group that exposed Volkswagen's emissions cheating believes that a variety of tricks and loopholes in lab testing will allow car makers to eventually make their emissions look 50% lower than real world performance unless governments crack down.
The fact that Australia has been prioritised for the Powerwall is illustrative of the fact the country has become the test-bed for the future evolution of the solar industry. Yet we got here much like a drunk stumbling in the dark.
Ergon says it costs them between $3400 to $7900 per kilowatt to service its customers, but a Tesla battery costs $1000. It's time that the Queensland Government looked at facilitating some competition to Ergon's monopoly.
The new Prime Minister has done a deal with the Nationals not to introduce a carbon price or emissions trading scheme. Here’s five options and one question surrounding how he might still achieve action on climate change.
An extremely efficient showerhead is on the way that allows long showers without the guilts. Even Apple's CEO has sunk money into it, but if you can't wait there are other options to reduce the environmental impact of that lovely long shower.
0% surge in Vic energy efficiency certificate prices
August was an extremely big month for participants in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Scheme with new 5 year targets announced and a surge in trading and certificate prices. Meanwhile NSW's scheme was more subdued but still rose nearly 10%.
Wind turbine makers Vestas, Gamesa and Nordex have seen big rises in share prices on the back of healthy orders but offshore wind remains too expensive. Meanwhile Audi has unveiled a 500km range all electric SUV.