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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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Rooftop solar suffers another blow as utilities switch tariffs

Rooftop solar suffers another blow as utilities switch tariffs

Changes in network tariffs are killing rooftop solar as a cost-saving option for businesses, but may accelerate the push to combine solar and battery storage. The networks are being accused of using “cost reflective tariffs” as an excuse for another revenue grab.

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Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

A community-owned retailer aims to tap into the energy revolution taking place in our homes and businesses – and the community desire for change.

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US solar giant Sungevity quits Australia, expands in Europe

US solar giant Sungevity quits Australia, expands in Europe

US solar giant Sungevity has dumped plans to become dominant player in the Australian market and has exited the country, an apparent victim of Abbott’s war on renewables. RoofJuice, the new owner, says it will focus on ‘smart solar’ to deal with rule changes, and battery storage.

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Large scale solar near parity in world’s three biggest markets

Large scale solar near parity in world’s three biggest markets

Large scale solar is nearing parity in US, China, and India. Even in the US, utilities are giving up the fight against solar, says leading manufacturer.

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One Step Off the Grid, and exciting stories from behind the meter

One Step Off the Grid, and exciting stories from behind the meter

One Step Off the Grid, the sister publication to RenewEconomy that is focused on the consumer, today issued its second newsletter, with a host of interesting stories about Australia’s energy revolution.

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Coalition makes it up in campaign against renewables, climate action

Coalition makes it up in campaign against renewables, climate action

Coalition claims of cost of renewables are becoming more and more ridiculous. And so are the claims in the Murdoch Media, Even on Q&A, the ABC let Ron Boswell get away with – and even approved of – a litany of absurdities.

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Graph of the Day: Wind power sets new record, as Abbott renews turbine attack

Graph of the Day: Wind power sets new record, as Abbott renews turbine attack

Wind energy achieved record output across the National Electricity Market on Saturday, just as Tony Abbott and the Coalition launched a new attack against renewable energy.

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Abbott Coalition kills hopes of ambitious climate change targets

Abbott Coalition kills hopes of ambitious climate change targets

Ambition is not on the agenda for the Abbott government in its climate policies. Coalition describes Climate Change Authority’s recommendations as “staggering” as Abbott launches another extraordinary attack on wind energy, saying 23.5% renewables is “more than enough”.

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Shorten slams Coalition 'flat earthers' as incumbents bite back

Shorten slams Coalition ‘flat earthers’ as incumbents bite back

The Australian Labor Party and Bill Shorten appear to have rediscovered their climate change mojo, rejecting Tony Abbott’s party of “flat Earthers”. But the Coalition, large vested interests and the Murdoch media have responded with a vicious scare campaign.

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Corbell gets energy ministers to factor in carbon emissions, push storage

Corbell gets energy ministers to factor in carbon emissions, push storage

ACT energy minister convinces state, federal counterparts to factor in emissions, push battery storage and coal plant retirement.

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Will Bill Shorten understand the energy consumer must be king?

Will Bill Shorten understand the energy consumer must be king?

If Shorten’s ALP is to meet their 50% renewables target, they will have to rely heavily on investment in solar and storage by households and businesses. To make that happen, however, Shorten has to realise that the consumer is now king, not the energy incumbents.