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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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Coonooer Bridge claims highest output of Australian wind farms

Coonooer Bridge claims highest output of Australian wind farms

Newly completed Coonooer Bridge wind farm achieves capacity factor of nearly 50 per cent in the first full three months since it began operations.

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Why fossil fuel industry needs South Australia "experiment" to fail

Why fossil fuel industry needs South Australia “experiment” to fail

The sharp spike in SA electricity prices this month certainly put the wind up renewable energy critics. But the really scary thing for the fossil fuel industry is that the price spikes don’t happen often enough. The media appears to have forgotten they used to occur every second day.

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SunEdison Australia sold to major US manufacturing giant

SunEdison Australia sold to major US manufacturing giant

SunEdison Australia, the former Energy Matters business, to be sold to US manufacturing and logistics giant Flextronics, makers of Redflow batteries.

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Failed gas unit caused biggest spike in electricity price, regulator says

Failed gas unit caused biggest spike in electricity price, regulator says

Biggest spike in electricity prices in South Australia in last week of June caused by failure of gas generation unit, regulator says.

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Coalition "fed" dodgy numbers on wind energy to Murdoch media

Coalition “fed” dodgy numbers on wind energy to Murdoch media

South Australia’s conservative opposition said to be source of dodgy numbers behind The Australian’s erroneous front page story on wind energy in the state.

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How gas generators cashed in on South Australia's "energy crisis"

How gas generators cashed in on South Australia’s “energy crisis”

New analysis shows how gas generators cashed in on the recent big spikes in wholesale electricity prices in Australia. But they were not the only ones to benefit. The regulator is investigating to check that all is above board, but it’s complicated.

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Regulator opens up new battleground over Australia's dirty, dumb grid

Regulator opens up new battleground over Australia’s dirty, dumb grid

Australian Energy Markets Commission to review grid “system security” in light of increasing penetration of wind and solar, opening up a new battlefront between the powerful incumbent energy industry and the new technologies challenging their business models.

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Graph of the Day: Link between gas prices and electricity prices

Graph of the Day: Link between gas prices and electricity prices

The rise in electricity prices has followed the rise in gas prices. It could not be any clearer.

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Australia large scale renewable investment rebounds, rooftop solar drifts

Australia large scale renewable investment rebounds, rooftop solar drifts

Wind investment in Australia rebounds to highest level since Coalition government elected, but solar investment falls to lowest levels since 2009.

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Murdoch media gets it hopelessly wrong on wind energy. Again.

Murdoch media gets it hopelessly wrong on wind energy. Again.

Front page “exclusive” on The Australian about wind energy is so spectacularly wrong that it might make you laugh, were it not for the fact that so many conservatives swallow this tripe.

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Why gas prices jumped to record levels, and 3,200MW of coal went offline

Why gas prices jumped to record levels, and 3,200MW of coal went offline

Regulator report highlights monopolistic gas industry behaviour SA trying to fight. And where did 3,200MW of coal capacity go?