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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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Tasmania urged to add more wind and solar amid energy crisis

Tasmania urged to add more wind and solar amid energy crisis

Tasmania urged to encourage more wind and solar generation as it struggles with depleting hydro levels and lost connection to mainland grid.

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AGL seeks investors' funds to help with large scale renewable target

AGL seeks investors’ funds to help with large scale renewable target

AGL creates new investment fund for large-scale renewables, with aim of attracting third party funds. But there will be no new projects committed in 2016.

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AGL eyes virtual power plants in link with battery storage developer Sunverge

AGL eyes virtual power plants in link with battery storage developer Sunverge

AGL invests in battery storage software developer as it moves towards a time when it can use solar and storage from its consumers as a “virtual power plant”. Also announces a “solar command App” and a big boost in solar sales.

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Greg Hunt wins "world's best minister" award in Dubai

Greg Hunt wins “world’s best minister” award in Dubai

Greg Hunt wins inaugural “world’s best minister” award in Dubai, for the emissions bought by the Emissions Reduction Fund.

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Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan

Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan

Telstra hires Powershop boss Ben Burge to lead new team focusing on solar and battery storage, and how to take on traditional energy utilities by offering home energy services as part of a data and phone bundled package.

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Qld urged to ignore benefits of wind and solar and rethink renewables target

Qld urged to ignore benefits of wind and solar and rethink renewables target

Queensland Productivity Commission warns QRET will cost $10.8bn in subsidies, based on a study in which the benefits of new renewable energy are studiously ignored.

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Queensland inquiry's big fail on rooftop solar and battery storage

Queensland inquiry’s big fail on rooftop solar and battery storage

Imagine you are a government, or pricing regulator, or independent advisory body charged with addressing the soaring cost of electricity: Where would you focus your efforts – on the biggest source of those price surges, or a minor addition labelled green?

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Five things we learned this week about Tony Turnbull/Malcolm Abbott

Five things we learned this week about Tony Turnbull/Malcolm Abbott

Nearly six months ago Malcolm Turnbull became PM after Tony Abbott was dumped by his own party. What emerged from this shake-up, however, was a shady new composite figure – a Malcolm Abbott, or a Tony Turnbull. Here’s how to recognise him…

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Hydro Tasmania agrees load cuts with biggest customer as hydro dries up

Hydro Tasmania agrees load cuts with biggest customer as hydro dries up

Tasmania’s biggest electricity user, Bell Bay Aluminium, has agreed to cut its load as the state battles with depleting hydro resources, the loss of its connection to the mainland, and raging bushfires.

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Adani puts Galilee coal mine on hold pending recovery in coal price

Adani puts Galilee coal mine on hold pending recovery in coal price

Indian brokers report says Adani puts Galilee Basin coal project on hold until rebound in coal prices is visible.

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AGL quits coal seam gas, to focus on "energy evolution"

AGL quits coal seam gas, to focus on “energy evolution”

AGL cites low oil and gas prices for sudden exit from gas exploration and production, and all its coal seam gas assets. Environmentalists hail major victory, as AGL says it wants to focus on “energy evolution”.