Apparently, we all believe in global warming these days. If not, we understand that fossil fuels have a limited supply life (they are non-renewables). The world we know must change. In that context, there have been some gradual legislative approvals right here in Australia that make no sense to me.
We all know about the feed-in tariff reduction. What was 44 cents per kw is now 8 on average. Well, to be honest, 44 was never going to work. You don't need to profit from your unused electricity. I'm pretty much happy to give any spare power back in order to decrease the use of fossil fuels by other folks. That's okay.
Even if I produce all of my own energy and request to be cut off the grid, the law says I must pay a "supply" charge if electricity is supplied to my street. Now, I can almost accept that. We all need to ensure the grid is maintained for those who cannot afford to go solar (like me - I'm struggling to work out if I can afford it).
The free two way meter (measures what you use and what you contribute back) now costs $280. Okay, I guess there is a supply and installation cost.
A few years ago, I was looking at the cost of a 10 or 12 kw system with batteries. We were talking $45-65,000. That's way too much.... but, the law says I can't buy one now no matter how cheap they make them. What? Okay, let's look at an 8 kw. Nope. The biggest I can get is a 5 kw inverter by law now. HUH? Oh, We have announced it will be decreased to 3.5 kw in the future. WHAT THE HELL? So as systems get cheaper, the Government has decided to decrease the size of the system you can use?!
I also found out that I have to pay $2.60 per day to use off peak electricity for my hot water! WHAT THE HELL?
I wonder if some Federal Government Minister will ever read this post and ask the question, "Are we doing all we can to move away from fossil fuels and save the world for my grandkids?" I guess not.