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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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Hunt attacks rooftop solar “cross-subsidy” from neighbours

Hunt attacks rooftop solar “cross-subsidy” from neighbours

Environment Minister Greg Hunt attacking rooftop solar as a “cross subsidy” from one neighbour without solar to another with solar.

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Abbott to keep Australia at margins of climate talks

Abbott to keep Australia at margins of climate talks

An unheralded G20 report calls on nations to introduce carbon pricing; little wonder Australia doesn’t want climate change mentioned at the November summit. Meanwhile, Abbott determined to keep Australia at margins of global climate talks, and will not offer new targets.

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The biggest loser: Bleak outlet for thermal coal

The biggest loser: Bleak outlet for thermal coal

Yet another major analysis has painted a bleak outlook for the global thermal coal industry.

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Milne: Australia should be net carbon zero by 2050

Milne: Australia should be net carbon zero by 2050

Greens leader Christine Milne has called on Australia to commit to being “net carbon zero” by 2050, and commit to cutting emissions by up to 60 per cent by 2030. Australia should phase out coal fired power stations by emissions regulation, as had occurred in US and China.

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Redflow says trials show large scale storage “cost competitive”

Australian battery technology developer RedFlow says trials of its zinc-bromine “flow” batteries shows the storage technology is “cost competitive” in large scale applications.

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RayGen wins Australian clean energy prize

RayGen wins Australian clean energy prize

Melbourne-based CSPV developer wins energy section of Australian Technology Competition, as well as People’s Choice award.

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The reign of coal is over, but the reign of fossil fools is not

The reign of coal is over, but the reign of fossil fools is not

The news gets worse and worse for the coal industry, but the smart investors have already bailed from the sector. Despite this, Australia continues to bet the future of its economy on a commodity in terminal decline, and turn its back on the technologies of the future.

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Why $100bn invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

Why $100bn invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

$100 billion invested in wind, or solar PV, will result is significantly more energy yield as the same amount invested in oil, according to a new analysis. This is particularly true when wind and solar is used to charge electric vehicles. By 2035, wind could produce 6-times more energy per dollar invested than oil.

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Why Big Oil will need renewables to save its business

Why Big Oil will need renewables to save its business

Major new report says Big Oil’s business model is waning, and world’s oil majors should start directing much more capital to renewable projects, so they can be the ‘energy majors’ of the future, rather than ending up as the oil majors of the past.

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Australia's RayGen fast-tracks 10MW CSVP power plant in China

Australia’s RayGen fast-tracks 10MW CSVP power plant in China

Australian solar technology developer RayGen Resources fast-tracks 10MW CSVP power plant in China – now to be completed within two years.

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Hockey repeats: wind farms "appalling" blight on landscapes

Hockey repeats: wind farms “appalling” blight on landscapes

Treasurer Joe Hockey repeats controversial comments about wind farms, saying he is “appalled” by sight of wind turbines in “beautiful landscapes”.