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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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Labor says advocates abandoned ARENA, so it will too

Labor says advocates abandoned ARENA, so it will too

Butler confirms $1 billion ARENA funding to be cut after advocacy groups failed to defend agency when Coalition announced changes to clean energy finance. Because of that, Labor will no longer put its “body on the line” to defend the agency it created.

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AGL Energy to allow customers to fully offset emissions for $1/week

AGL Energy to allow customers to fully offset emissions for $1/week

AGL says electricity customers will be able to fully offset emissions from their electricity supply for $1/week from July 1.

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Incumbents' tariff war on rooftop solar accelerates "death spiral"

Incumbents’ tariff war on rooftop solar accelerates “death spiral”

Low tariffs, and an absence of market signals rewarding the benefits of local generation, will encourage homes, businesses and small communities to quit the network, a new study has found. Will the incumbents ever learn?

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Solar prices plunge to new lows as Dubai auction nets under 3c/kWh

Solar prices plunge to new lows as Dubai auction nets under 3c/kWh

Solar power breaks new record with bids below 3c/kWh in Dubai auction, as leading critic admits he was wrong about economics of solar.

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Rheem says strongly opposes "inequitable" changes to solar hot water rules

Rheem says strongly opposes “inequitable” changes to solar hot water rules

Rheem, Australia’s largest solar hot water company, says it fought against changes to standards which it says are unworkable and inequitable.

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South Australia: The last coal train rolls into Port Augusta

South Australia: The last coal train rolls into Port Augusta

The last coal train rolled into Port Augusta last week, ahead of the planned closure next week of the state’s last coal-fired generator.

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Australia heads back to bottom of barrel on climate, clean energy

Australia heads back to bottom of barrel on climate, clean energy

Only one minister, the ACT’s Simon Corbell, has had the courage and vision to stand up to incumbent bully-boys and introduce policies and targets that match the climate science. Yet the Coalition and most media continue to peddle nonsense dismissed most cogently by the new chief sloganeer, Malcolm Turnbull.

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China's BYD, world's biggest EV maker, takes on Tesla in Australia

China’s BYD, world’s biggest EV maker, takes on Tesla in Australia

BYD, the Chinese company that is now the world’s biggest maker of electric vehicles, releases first EV in Australia in challenge to domination of Tesla.

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Sudden, bizarre change in solar hot water standard could be disaster for industry

Sudden, bizarre change in solar hot water standard could be disaster for industry

A “bizarre” and unexpected ruling that all solar hot water systems must face north may devastate the industry and make it impossible for some households to install the technology.

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ACT lifts 2020 target to 100% renewable energy, as Australia stalls

ACT lifts 2020 target to 100% renewable energy, as Australia stalls

ACT to nearly double size of next wind auction to 200MW, enabling it to reach 100% renewable energy by 2020. ACT minister Simon Corbell says the stagnation in national market caused buy Coalition policies is an opportunity too good to miss.

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Battery storage: Close to parity under certain tariffs

Battery storage: Close to parity under certain tariffs

Energy consultancy says household battery storage in Australia could be an “economically rational” investment soon under certain tariffs. And if storage costs fall as predicted, up to 2.8 million households may install battery storage, creating a $20 billion market.