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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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Dumb politics means we may be stuck with an even dumber grid

Dumb politics means we may be stuck with an even dumber grid

It’s remarkable how quickly a national conversation can fall into the gutter of bipartisanship and ignorance. But the legacy could be damaging: dumb politics could leave Australia with an even dumber grid.

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Labor states accuse Turnbull of "ignorant rubbish" on renewable energy

Labor states accuse Turnbull of “ignorant rubbish” on renewable energy

Labor states accuse Turnbull of peddling “ignorant rubbish”about wind and solar in the wake of the South Australian blackout.

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Uhlmann's bizarre prediction of "national blackout" if we pursue wind and solar

Uhlmann’s bizarre prediction of “national blackout” if we pursue wind and solar

ABC’s Chris Uhlmann doubles down on attacks on renewable energy by predicting the whole nation is at risk of a blackout if we pursue wind and solar. Doesn’t the ABC have editors?

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Coalition launches fierce attack against wind and solar after blackout

Coalition launches fierce attack against wind and solar after blackout

Ideology rules as Coalition, One Nation and Xenophon use South Australia blackout as an excuse to launch new attack on wind and solar. Turnbull and Frydenberg repeat call for Labor states to cancel “unrealistic” renewable targets.

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Is ABC’s Chris Uhlmann the new face of the anti-wind lobby?

Is ABC’s Chris Uhlmann the new face of the anti-wind lobby?

A predictable reaction to blackout in South Australia was that wind energy would be blamed. Who expected the ABC to lead that charge?

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S.A. blackout may lead to more batteries, and micro-grids

S.A. blackout may lead to more batteries, and micro-grids

Many households, including Redflow’s Simon Hackett, maintained power through blackout with battery storage or off grid systems. Will authorities now look seriously at micro-grids and climate resilience?

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Frydenberg continues attack on state-based renewable targets

Frydenberg continues attack on state-based renewable targets

Frydenberg continues attack on state-based renewable energy targets, citing Grattan report that claims they are inefficient and too costly. But in the absence of any federal initiative, what choice do the states have?

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Carnegie gets $2.5m ARENA funds for wave-based micro-grid

Carnegie gets $2.5m ARENA funds for wave-based micro-grid

Carnegie gets grant and funding through convertible notes to put together the world’s first micro-grid that combines wave energy, solar and battery storage.

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Hazelwood closure could open path for solar towers and storage

Hazelwood closure could open path for solar towers and storage

The impending closure of the big Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria could provide the impetus for the construction of the first large scale solar tower and storage project in Australia.

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JinkoSolar says battery storage to drive new burst in rooftop solar uptake

JinkoSolar says battery storage to drive new burst in rooftop solar uptake

World’s biggest solar module supplier JinkoSolar says Australian solar market set for rebound as households adopt battery storage, and large scale sector takes off.

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Attacks on wind and solar policies turn to state initiatives

Attacks on wind and solar policies turn to state initiatives

Having obliterated almost all the effective federal climate and renewables policies, the focus is now switching to state-based targets, using the old arguments of higher costs and little abatement.