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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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ACT leads again with $180m investment in hydrogen storage and car fleet

ACT leads again with $180m investment in hydrogen storage and car fleet

ACT brings $180m investment in hydrogen storage, including an electrolyser, a hydrogen-fuelled car fleet and a renewables-to-gas program.

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No new solar! How network lobby imagines Australia's clean energy transition

No new solar! How network lobby imagines Australia’s clean energy transition

Report commissioned for networks lobby predicts zero large-scale solar plants built in Australia between 2020 and 2030. But a lot of gas generation. Really?

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Solar power does work - and a lot better than we thought

Solar power does work – and a lot better than we thought

Data from Australia’s solar farms show that utility-scale solar is working better than expected and is a lot more productive than official government forecasts suggest. And most new solar farms should have tracking devices to follow the sun.

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Australia readies for big solar boom as PV costs continue fall

Australia readies for big solar boom as PV costs continue fall

A combination of price falls in the international markets, driven by increased scale of manufacturing, and falling costs in Australia, driven by the ARENA tender process, is expected to trigger a major rush in investment in large scale solar projects.

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Carry on polluting: Australia's useless safeguards mechanism

Carry on polluting: Australia’s useless safeguards mechanism

Australia’s dirtiest coal fired generators will be given carte blanche to keep on emitting, or even increase their emissions under new baselines.

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Territory poll result puts wind and solar go-slow govts in minority

Territory poll result puts wind and solar go-slow govts in minority

Labor’s NT election win adds interesting dynamic to COAG energy council, adding yet another state government with a RET more ambitious than federal Coalition.

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Sun Brilliance to build Australia's biggest solar farm, by output

Sun Brilliance to build Australia’s biggest solar farm, by output

Australian company proposes 100MW solar farm with single axis tracking technology, going into “merchant market” with no additional grants.

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John Hewson pushes "trillion dollar" opportunity in "refined" coal

John Hewson pushes “trillion dollar” opportunity in “refined” coal

Coal-fired cars? Climate campaigner John Hewson promotes discarded technology that his business partners say could turn coal into a “universal fuel” and ensure long-term survival of coal industry – in Latrobe Valley and elsewhere. Environmental campaigners are horrified.

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Regulator delays rule change that could accelerate battery storage

Regulator delays rule change that could accelerate battery storage

Proposed rule change that could fast-track deployment of battery storage in Australia put on hold, a week after regulator was criticised by energy ministers for slow decisions.

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ACCC says it's OK for big utilities to exploit market power

ACCC says it’s OK for big utilities to exploit market power

ACCC says it’s perfectly OK for big utilities to exercise their market power and force up prices, as they did to devastating effect in South Australia last month. And although the regulator identified the lack of competition in the state a decade ago, it still chooses to take a pot-shot at renewables.

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Labor ready to sacrifice ARENA for medal in budget Olympics

Labor ready to sacrifice ARENA for medal in budget Olympics

In a decision that will rank top of the Stupid List, Labor appears to have accepted Coalition plans to strip $1bn from ARENA.