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 Warburton Review of the Renewable Energy Target suggests we should scale back the target because there's more than enough existing power stations to meet electricity demand. If that's the case then government probably shouldn't have built roads when we already had railways.
As more details about the renewables review leak out, it seems the Australian Industry Group's renewed called for electricity bipartisanship will fall flat. With everyone stuck in their positions, Australia is stumbling towards the worst of all systems.
The know-how in the wind industry is increasing every year – from blade technology, to installation, to grid penetration – leaving critics who use even slightly out-of-date data blurring the reality of this resource's cost.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt claimed yesterday that the Solar Council chief was dishonest because Hunt was 'crystal clear' about the government's commitment to the renewables target. So why can't Hunt answer my questions about what this commitment actually means?
Just like AGL, Origin Energy has suffered a 23% decline on earnings per customer in large part due to reduced sales thanks to solar and energy efficiency. But they see a silver lining for their newly acquired coal power station on the horizon.
Just like AGL, Origin Energy has suffered a 23% decline on earnings per customer in large part due to reduced sales thanks to solar and energy efficiency. But it sees a silver lining for its newly acquired coal power station on the horizon.
Reports that Tony Abbott has urged RET Review panel head Dick Warburton to look again at abolishing the scheme may be more about political calculations than an actual intention to kill the scheme entirely.
New analysis shows how handsomely big power companies – and how little consumers – stand to gain from a reduced RET. Campaign groups are onto it; but can you blame business for being all about business?
Tony Abbott's business adviser Maurice Newman believes we must beef up our military to prepare for war driven not by global warming but global cooling. Could he just be a genius who, in addition to being an investment banker, is rather handy at atmospheric science?
People already encounter traps in signing up to electricity contracts, so opening the market to more complex retail offerings, incorporating products like solar, batteries and smart appliances could be overwhelming. Mobile phones offer some lessons.