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 Australian Energy Market Operator suggests the power networks are still inflating their demand forecasts. What's extraordinary is AEMO reveals most still don't consider the impact of energy efficiency or solar on demand.
The International Energy Agency projects that solar could be cheaper than coal, but it hinges on clear, stable policy. Meanwhile, Australian investors representing $1 trillion in funds have warned Prime Minister Abbott he's about to trash precisely that.
The government may have overestimated the gap to achieve its 2020 emissions reduction target by close to 100%. This comes on top of it cutting the projected abatement task almost in half less than a year earlier. Is cutting carbon pollution really as hard as economists believe?
It started with the carbon price billion dollar handout, then it moved onto trying to slice the RET. Now we have the Energy Green Paper entertaining the idea of assisting the exit of a power generator. Why are government officials so keen to intervene to help coal generators out of commercial difficulties?
Jay Weatherill has announced a renewables target to make the climate-concerned weep with joy - 50% renewables by 2025. Wow! But electricity market data indicates the target will be achieved in 2016-17. What's going on here?
The Energy Green Paper has been released but you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a copy-paste job from the 2012 white paper ... or the 2004 white paper. Also we're going to be an 'energy superpower', so best not worry about climate change.
Yet another report has come out explaining how technology, not hippie communes, can allow us to address climate change. It builds on countless earlier reports that embrace the importance of energy rather than 'kumbaya'.
The government has little to offer at the UN climate change summit in New York tomorrow and its Direct Action policy appears to have been eaten by a dog. Yet in spite of failing to do its homework, new data suggests it could hit its emission reduction target.
The government would do well to listen to the advice given by Ken Henry recently because its vision of Australia as an 'affordable energy superpower' fails to realise that, even were this true, it ain't worth much.
Data on manufacturing output since the US shale gas boom began suggests being an affordable energy superpower isn't what some would have you believe, with Germany's manufacturers doing better than the US.
The latest solar sales data is in - so are customers responding to threats about the end of the rebate? And is it a fair claim, anyway, given the Senate is saying the Warburton Review is 'dead on arrival' and should 'go in the bin'?
Our first go at industrialisation saw Londoners choking on coal smoke. An extraordinary alliance of world leaders and economists has shown what commonsense already tells us - that is not the only recipe for economic success.
The Clean Energy Council issued a statement yesterday telling Ian Macfarlane they're not interested in volunteering themselves to be sacrificed. It reflects a belief that while the government talks tough, they are in fact weak and vulnerable on the RET.
Ian Macfarlane is trying to switch the onus of RET negotiations to Labor, and the industry, to come to him. But given it is his government that wants to change the law, shouldn't he detail what needs to change and the problem it will solve, besides improving coal generators' profits?