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).
The Victorian Government's renewable energy roadmap shows the state wants to embrace the jobs and clean energy solar can provide. But then shortly after releasing it the government slashed the price paid for solar power.
China is likely to see 1 to 2 of its weakest major solar panel makers close over the next year in a campaign led by Beijing. Given Yingli's financial troubles it is the most likely candidate to make the first exit.
Treasurer Nahan says solar PV will, 'displace a lot of the existing capacity. It’s low-priced, it’s democratically determined and it’s something we’re committed to facilitating'. This is a guy who used to be the head of the right wing Institute of Public Affairs.
Government wants no less than 20 per cent of power from renewable energy by 2020, but it is extremely vague on what it will do, if anything, to achieve it. The cynic in me suggests their policy might be to just stare really crossly at the Abbott Government.
Origin's CEO King says if anything Renewable Energy Target will be increased in future and shows economics for new renewable energy projects are compelling. Could spooked investors be missing an opportunity?
ANZ's chief executive says advancements in energy technologies and storage means that industrialising countries can widen access to cheaper electricity by bypassing the grid and conventional power stations.
Imagine if you got a bill from railway operators asking you to compensate them for lost revenue from use of your car, or from Telstra for fixed line compensation to account for your use of a mobile phone. Well that's what the energy networks have just proposed in response to solar, batteries and energy efficiency.