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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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Australia has a climate policy again - sort of

Australia has a climate policy again – sort of

The Coalition’s Direct Action – lambasted by its own party as a policy of “fiscal recklessness” – is now officially Australia’s climate policy. No one believes it will meet its own modest targets, but it will allow native forests to be burned for carbon credits.

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Victoria town aims to be 100% renewable by 2022

Victoria town aims to be 100% renewable by 2022

A small township in north-east Victoria is also looking to become 100% renewable within a decade.

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Tesla looks to solar to power Australian supercharging network

Tesla looks to solar to power Australian supercharging network

Tesla Motors – the transformative electric vehicle manufacturer about to launch in Australia – is looking to use solar for its supercharging network.

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NSW injects extra $700,000 into community renewable projects

NSW injects extra $700,000 into community renewable projects

Liberal Party MPs hail “power of renewable energy as they announced increased funding for community-owned renewable energy projects.

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ARENA funds AGL study into storage for wind farms

ARENA funds AGL study into storage for wind farms

ARENA to fund AGL Energy study into grid-connected energy storage for its wind farms in South Australia.

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Can Clive Palmer be trusted to protect renewable energy target?

Can Clive Palmer be trusted to protect renewable energy target?

Clive Palmer, who has helped Abbott government dump the carbon price and has now reversed his opposition to Direct Action, may now allow changes to the RET. He also says Australian coal is good for emissions reductions.

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115MW of utility-scale solar plants planned for Dubbo region

115MW of utility-scale solar plants planned for Dubbo region

French renewable energy developer Neoen plans to build 5 utility scale solar PV plants near key demand centres in western NSW.

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Five NSW towns bid to be Australia's first zero net energy town

Five NSW towns bid to be Australia’s first zero net energy town

Five towns NSW’s New England region have bid to become Australia’s first zero net energy towns. Even Barnaby Joyce is a supporter.

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Why energy storage already makes sense in Australia

Why energy storage already makes sense in Australia

Energy storage is already making financial sense in the Australian market, and it won’t be long until battery storage solutions become a compelling investment for households as well as business customers and network operators.

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How Coalition proposes to kill $20 billion renewables industry

How Coalition proposes to kill $20 billion renewables industry

Only a handful of small solar projects have been committed this year, showing the impact of the Coalition’s war on renewables. Meanwhile, new research reveals the true impact of a “real” 20 per cent target as Coalition plays fast and loose with targets.

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Hydro Tasmania dumps King Island, still plans baseload renewables

Hydro Tasmania dumps King Island, still plans baseload renewables

Hydro Tasmania has dumped idea of building $2bn wind farm on King Island, but still harbours dreams of providing baseload renewable energy to mainland.