Gillard is wrong on solar and efficiency

Julia Gillard’s network gold-plating speech suggested solar PV was largely the domain of the wealthy – but stats suggest otherwise. The real problem is landlords who, for the most part, have little regard for the energy bills of their tenants. This is where the big stick of regulation should be waved.

In the now almost famous speech Julia Gillard gave on electricity network gold-plating she made the following statement dying for a bit of evidence-based policy analysis:

“...While wealthier households can cut power costs through more efficient devices and solar panels, the poorest customers are exposed to the full cost of the increases.”

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