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Articles by Giles Parkinson

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.

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Has China already reached peak coal?

Has China already reached peak coal?

The share of coal in China’s electricity market has shrunk more than 6 per cent in a single year, and imports have shrunk dramatically.

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Networks told they need to play fair with local energy, solar

Networks told they need to play fair with local energy, solar

Push by utilities to slash tariff for solar, and to increase fixed charges, is going to accelerate grid defection rather than stop it. New study recommends new tariffs that could encourage solar and storage by putting a proper value on their network benefits.

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Rooftop solar marches on as large scale renewables stranded

Rooftop solar marches on as large scale renewables stranded

New data highlights how policy certainty affects two big renewable energy markets in Australia: Rooftop solar is growing, large scale renewables at standstill.

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Tony Abbott's energy rules: It's goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott’s energy rules: It’s goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott is trying to reduce the global energy debate to a competition between “goodies and baddies.” Coal is good, he says, and in Abbott’s world black clearly trumps green. But he is backing the wrong team.

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ARENA boss: large scale solar to match cost of new coal by 2020

ARENA boss: large scale solar to match cost of new coal by 2020

The chief executive of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Ivor Frischknecht, says he expects large scale solar to be cost competitive with new coal-fired power stations by the end of the decade. Frischknecht said there was no doubt that coal was currently the cheapest form of generation in the wholesale markets, but that was because […]

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CEC gives concessions in hope of sealing RET deal by Xmas

CEC gives concessions in hope of sealing RET deal by Xmas

CEC cuts deal with aluminium industry in hope of policy certainty by Xmas. And Ross Garnaut says renewables – not coal – key to Australia’s prosperity.

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Networks fret over threat of mass grid defections

Networks fret over threat of mass grid defections

Networks push case for tariff changes, arguing that houses with rooftop solar getting generous “cross subsidies” from non solar users, and suggesting that cost of going off-grid is more than 5 times the cost of staying. But what if they are wrong?

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Macquarie fund takes stake in China’s JinkoSolar

Macquarie fund takes stake in China’s JinkoSolar

Macquarie Group infrastructure fund joins two others to take major stake in project development business of leading Chinese solar module maker JinkoSolar.

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How Australian utilities will cope with solar and storage

How Australian utilities will cope with solar and storage

It’s the big question facing energy utilities around the world: How quickly will rooftop solar and battery storage change the nature of the energy market, and how long can those that currently dominate the market hold on to the their incumbent business models?

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Why US fracking is biggest red herring in history of oil

Why US fracking is biggest red herring in history of oil

Leading funds manager Jeremy Grantham says US fracking boom hiding fact that oil industry in terminal decline and will be replaced by renewables.

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AGL Energy pick new CEO with eye to solar and storage

AGL Energy pick new CEO with eye to solar and storage

Australia’s largest power generator has named Andrew Vesey as its new MD and CEO – a US energy industry veteran with significant experience in emerging technologies, who will help AGL to navigate the evolution of a new energy business model.