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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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Retailers' power choice: Cannibalise or be consumed

Retailers’ power choice: Cannibalise or be consumed

Market analysts say big retailers headed in right direction on solar and storage, arguing it is better to cannibalise than be consumed.

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Garnaut: Cost of stranded assets already bigger than cost of climate action

Garnaut: Cost of stranded assets already bigger than cost of climate action

Garnaut says costs of climate action for Australia out to 2050 already exceeded by misplaced billions in mining boom and stranded assets.

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Regulator finally moves on network spending, but it may be too late

Regulator finally moves on network spending, but it may be too late

Energy rule-maker finally moves on demand management, but changes may not take effect until after networks lock in another spending spree.

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Tide turns on fossil fuels as Norway quits coal, ANZ goes green

Tide turns on fossil fuels as Norway quits coal, ANZ goes green

Norway pension fund, the world’s largest, to dump coal investments; ANZ launches largest Australian green bond for investment in renewables and low carbon buildings, while investors try to force Chevron to return money to shareholders rather than throwing it away on fossil fuel exploration.

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Graph of the Day: California gets taste of solar, wind future

Graph of the Day: California gets taste of solar, wind future

California has a 33% renewable energy target for 2020. Even in springtime, it is already achieving that target on certain days.

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Panasonic to roll out PV battery storage systems in Australia

Panasonic to roll out PV battery storage systems in Australia

Panasonic to roll out battery storage for solar in Australia

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SA network wants solar homes to pay $100/year more for grid

SA network wants solar homes to pay $100/year more for grid

SA network operator dares to go where Qld and WA governments feared to tread – higher network charges for solar households. The network justifies this by changing demand profiles, but will also look to shift hot water and pool pump use to daytime to make up for lost demand caused by PV production.

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AGL says RET, climate policies won't push decarbonisation

AGL says RET, climate policies won’t push decarbonisation

AGL says RET unlikely to cause more investment, says $100 carbon price needed to replace coal fired generators.

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AGL targets 400MW rooftop solar in push into New Energy

AGL targets 400MW rooftop solar in push into New Energy

AGL Energy sets out an ambitious solar target for its new energy division, but continues to hedge its bets between future technology and ageing fossil fuel generation.

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AGL's view on solar and storage markets - in many slides

AGL’s view on solar and storage markets – in many slides

AGL Energy outlines its take on the solar and battery storage market in Australia – including an energy trading platform for consumers.

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Solar energy needs smart solutions, not dumb economics

Solar energy needs smart solutions, not dumb economics

Grattan Institute reports makes some valid comments on how to regulate a grid dominated by solar and storage. But in seeking cheap headlines it has buried the important bits by making wrong assumptions about the costs and benefits of solar. Will the industry ever learn?