Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
Can utiliies adapt to the “democratisation of energy”, or will prosumers sweep all before them? New technologies such as solar, storage and software have, quite literally, delivered power to the people. A rational economic choice can now be made between quitting the grid entirely, using it as a back-up, or relying on the old centralised model. What will people choose and why? And what are the economic and social consequences?