TUESDAY 21 MAY, 2013 |
ESAA Attack On Solar Households 'Riddled With Myths'
A discussion paper
recently published by the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA)
has been shot down by industry commentators.
Adding to the Clean Energy Council's comment that Big Energy is 'clutching
' in its attempts to demonise solar households; others have weighed
in on the issue.
Business Spectator's Tristan Edis has
that following the ESAA's logic; any household that implements any
sort of energy efficiency strategy would be viewed in ESAA's eyes as 'avoiding network
charges' through lowering their electricity bill.
This could include non-solar households installing LED lighting, insulation - or even turning off lights when not in
Mr. Edis also points out solar is a bit player in network upgrade spending and
it was the rise
of the air-conditioner
that was used by network businesses to justify billions of dollars of additional
network infrastructure expenditure; some of which has been labeled as 'gold-plating
"The ESAA’s demonisation of solar is a bit like a guy that just ran over
your dog with a semi-trailer truck, who points the finger at the bicycle
following afterwards that clipped the dog's tail before it died."
The role of air-conditioning is also pointed out by RenewEconomy's Giles
Parkinson; who states using the ESAA's own figures, the costs 'avoided' by solar households is just
of the cross-subsidy paid by households with no air conditioning
for those who do - yet the ESAA has not recommended air-conditioned households be
hit with higher fixed tariffs to pay for network extensions.
"What seems inevitable however is that the industry will one day soon need
to change its business model or face the same decline as fixed priced telephony
or printed photos. They are fast approaching their Kodak moment," says Mr.
Parkinson; who mentions the role home
energy storage systems
may play in the future if Big Energy continues
treating solar households as second-class citizens.
The ESAA's focus on costs and little mention of benefits solar households
bring that will outweigh those costs seems to indicate Big Energy is still yet to
grasp the reality that solar households play an important role in Australia's
affordable clean energy future - and that ignorance runs the risk of ultimately negatively impacting all Australian households.
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