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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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Hunt says renewables target equivalent to $90/tonne carbon tax

Hunt says renewables target equivalent to $90/tonne carbon tax

Hunt says leaving renewable energy target as is would be equivalent of $90/tonne carbon tax. That’s true, but only if retailers refuse to build wind and solar farms.

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AGL Energy calls for renewables target to be scrapped completely

AGL Energy calls for renewables target to be scrapped completely

AGL Energy – once the ‘greenest’ retailer in the country and now the largest producer of coal-fired energy – has called for the renewable energy target to be scrapped altogether.

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Renewable energy target about to get an Abbott-style haircut

Renewable energy target about to get an Abbott-style haircut

Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.

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Keppel Prince closes wind manufacturing after Abbott targets RET

Keppel Prince closes wind manufacturing after Abbott targets RET

Keppel Prince mothballs wind energy manufacturing, sacks 100 as Abbott government declares war on RET and wind energy.

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Why whole towns will want to take themselves off-grid

Why whole towns will want to take themselves off-grid

Going off-grid will help towns boost jobs, increase reliability of their energy supply, and lower costs. What’s to lose?

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Household solar "safe" as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Household solar “safe” as Abbott takes aim at large scale renewables

Abbott government says no changes to household solar, but wants large scale renewables target slashed by two thirds. So much for “ditching” the Warburton Review.

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Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.

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Will household customers get screwed again on network tariffs?

Will household customers get screwed again on network tariffs?

Solar industry scathing on modelling used to justify fixed and TOU tariffs. Households, particularly solar ones, set to get dudded again on network charges.

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Graph of the Day: 2,000GW of wind energy by 2030

Graph of the Day: 2,000GW of wind energy by 2030

New report suggests wind energy could supply 19% of global electricity by 2030, up to 30 per cent by 2050.

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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.