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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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 Could a Tesla test drive cure Abbott government’s deep denial?

Could a Tesla test drive cure Abbott government’s deep denial?

A test drive in a Tesla – and a collective “Tesla smile” in the conservative ranks – might give the Abbott government an insight into the future. And how the confluence of renewables, storage and software will shape the future. It is not so scary, and not some part of a green plot or climate hoax designed to bring down their society.

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Graph of the Day: Australia's renewable energy generation

Graph of the Day: Australia’s renewable energy generation

Graph underlines renewables penetration in Australia, as AEMO observes no issue with SA having 100% renewables, as long as interconnector stays connected.

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RET Review panel member wants solar subsidies to end, installs own system

RET Review panel member wants solar subsidies to end, installs own system

One of the key members of the Warburton Review that recommended the end of subsidies under the renewable energy target has just installed a large solar system on a rural property – using the very same subsidy that he wants abolished.

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Why rooftop solar makes networks such a hard sell

Why rooftop solar makes networks such a hard sell

New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.

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Regulator says Australia facing “prosumer” energy revolution

Regulator says Australia facing “prosumer” energy revolution

Australian Energy Regulator says network models need to be changed to allow greater access for customers to participate in the market. It warns that if barriers remain, then prosumers – those generating and storing their own energy – will “walk away” from the grid.

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SunEdison moves into Australia with purchase of Energy Matters

SunEdison moves into Australia with purchase of Energy Matters

US solar giant SunEdison has confirmed its purchase of Energy Matters, continuing the growing incursion of US solar companies into Australian market.

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NSW flags wind farm planning changes as it seeks to move turbines

NSW flags wind farm planning changes as it seeks to move turbines

NSW Planning Minister says new rules coming as she laments wind farms turning countryside into “industrial” zones.

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The guerrilla tactics allowing solar, storage to beat utilities

The guerrilla tactics allowing solar, storage to beat utilities

Attempts by some utilities to erect barriers around their business models is inspiration some innovative work-arounds from the solar and battery storage industry. Welcome to the “guerrilla” war between solar and the old energy models.

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Ergon Energy looks to take some customers off the grid

Ergon Energy looks to take some customers off the grid

Ergon Energy looks to take remote customers off-grid rather than paying for grid upgrades. It wants “visibility” on costs to encourage alternative technologies.

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Australia’s wind turbine syndrome – why Abbott hates the RET

Australia’s wind turbine syndrome – why Abbott hates the RET

Will the Coalition’s hatred of wind turbines get in the way of a deal with Labor over the renewable energy target? Many think so. Key Coalition figures are warming to solar, and it seems that the small-scale target is safe for the moment.target is safe for the moment.

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Ergon says unsubsidised battery storage to cut grid upgrades by one third

Ergon says unsubsidised battery storage to cut grid upgrades by one third

Ergon Energy says it may install “hundreds” of 100kwh battery storage devices instead of replacing poles and wires.