In conversation with Giles Parkinson and Paul Gilding
Little noticed outside those in the game, a sense of panic has been creeping through the global utility industry. The driver? An extraordinary and continuing price drop in solar that is causing disruption in the electricity industry and huge losses in the market value of some of its key players.
As the Economist headlined their analysis of the issue:
How to lose half a trillion Euros – Europe's electricity providers face an existential threat, it is hard to overstate the significance and interconnectedness of what is now underway – a shift from fossil fuels to renewables; a transition from centralised utilities to distributed house scale generation; a car industry that might hold the key to energy storage for renewable energy; and perhaps most startling of all the potential for global energy price deflation – a stark contrast to forecasts of peak oil and spiralling prices.
Giles Parkinson and Paul Gilding will present their report on these trends, which was produced for the Tasmanian Climate Action Council, and discuss the potential implications for Tasmania.
Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania Sandy Bay Campus
RSVP by: Friday 24 May 2014
RSVP to: Click here or call (03) 6232 7173
Cost: This is a free event but bookings are essential for seating purposes.
About the speakers
Giles Parkinson is the founder of the leading clean energy website RenewEconomy.com.au. He is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Australian Financial Review, a former columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the founder and former editor of Climate Spectator.
Paul Gilding is a writer, corporate advisor and advocate for a sustainable economy. He is widely recognised as a global authority on sustainability and business and is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Institute for Sustainability Leadership). He authored the book The Great Disruption and is a member of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council.
This event is supported by the University of Tasmania