rss

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.

4
Victoria cracks down on discrimination against solar households

Victoria cracks down on discrimination against solar households

Victoria introduces new laws to stop energy retailers discriminating against solar households, as both Victoria and Queensland launch inquiries into the “fair price” of solar, and how to encourage battery storage.

0
Graph of the Day: Big carbon cuts will not pull down economy

Graph of the Day: Big carbon cuts will not pull down economy

Graphs compare economic growth under 26% emissions reduction target by 2030, and 45%. Can you spot the difference?

2
W.A. sees solar future, but battery storage and EVs are not allowed

W.A. sees solar future, but battery storage and EVs are not allowed

W.A. energy minister Mike Nahan has done an about-face and predicted that solar will dominate the future. But the state owned utilities require solar households to sign contracts promising not to install battery storage or purchase electric vehicles.

12
abbott

Abbott’s climate plan: the non-delivery of an invisible policy

Tony Abbott’s climate plan will provide no incentive to the biggest polluters to reduce emissions. Instead, they will be eligible for government handouts and may even be allowed to invest in what Abbott once described as “dodgy” international projects.

9
obama

Obama says leaders not taking climate change seriously “not fit to lead”

US President says world leaders must act now on climate change, and those willing to gamble on business as usual are “not fit to lead.”

34
NSW slashes solar tariffs to push households into battery storage

NSW slashes solar tariffs to push households into battery storage

NSW pricing regulator slashes feed in tariffs for solar households in an apparent bid to encourage consumers to install battery storage. The cut was justified by the fall in wholesale prices – caused ironically by the proliferation of rooftop solar.

10
Redflow's Hackett: Battery storage as common as broadband within 10 years

Redflow’s Hackett: Battery storage as common as broadband within 10 years

Redflow chairman Simon Hackett says the market for battery storage is “running hot” and predicts they will be as common place as broadband within a decade. His goal is to deliver software to make flow batteries easy to use. And if utilities try to fight this with higher tariffs, it will simply drive more installation.

1
infigen energy

Renewable investment drought to continue as utilities extend buyers’ strike

Infigen Energy says investment drought in Australian renewables could last another 18 months as big utilities extend their buyer’s strike, and developers struggle to put together capital to build wind and solar farms without long term contracts.

43
W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal

West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA!

25
Why $5bn energy giant turned its back on Abbott’s Australia

Why $5bn energy giant turned its back on Abbott’s Australia

Governments “come and go” but so does investment. The effective withdrawal of a $5 billion energy giant from Australia’s renewable energy industry highlights why it will remain in the doldrums as long as the Abbott government holds its fossil fuel prejudice.

0
New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

Enova wants to champion local ownership and a 100% renewable energy target in a market dominated by big players, out-of-area projects and fossil fuel interests.