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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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Coalition energy target may require a "go slow" on rooftop solar

Coalition energy target may require a “go slow” on rooftop solar

Energy Security Board forecasts suggest a sharp slow down in rooftop solar deployments to meet its modest renewable energy share. It comes as concerns grow about ESB process and the alacrity with which the normally snail-paced AEMC has moved to confer great powers upon itself.

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Why Turnbull's plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices

Why Turnbull’s plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices

NEG appears to be the most ill-considered, poorly detailed and potentially useless policy that anyone can remember, and a disaster for renewable energy, climate targets and consumer prices. It appears to be the work of Australia’s so-called “energy mafia”, hungry to retain power of incumbent oligopoly.

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States gobsmacked by lack of detail, research in Turnbull's NEG

States gobsmacked by lack of detail, research in Turnbull’s NEG

States stunned by lack of detail in new energy policy. In a testy phone hook-up they were told all the government had was a press release and an eight-page letter.

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Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull's energy fudge locks in high prices

Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull’s energy fudge locks in high prices

If one thing is clear from the Coalition’s new energy policy announcement today, it is that Tony Abbott has won, and consumers have lost. Even in the most optimistic scenario presented by the government, energy consumers will see little reduction in their energy bills over the next decade. And that’s outrageous.

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Turnbull dumps clean energy target for "national energy guarantee"

Turnbull dumps clean energy target for “national energy guarantee”

Coalition dumps clean energy target in favour of a change to energy market rules that appears to confer enormous power into the hands of coal and gas utilities, and satisfies push by right wing to abandon Paris target and to close the door on renewables.

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How rooftop solar is saving billions on energy bills for all consumers

How rooftop solar is saving billions on energy bills for all consumers

New study highlights billions of dollars saved through rooftop solar installations, as ACCC defends manipulation of markets by major generators as “rational behaviour”, says nothing can be done about “gold plating” of networks, and argues against measures to encourage more renewables.

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Oliver Yates teams with Simon Corbell in Clean Energy Derivates Corp

Oliver Yates teams with Simon Corbell in Clean Energy Derivates Corp

Yates, Corbell team up to create new renewable energy investment fund that will write contracts and tap into huge pipeline of wind, solar, storage projects.

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Australia's solar juggernaut is coming – quicker than anyone thinks

Australia’s solar juggernaut is coming – quicker than anyone thinks

The uptake of solar – by consumers and in large-scale solar farms – could be far quicker than anyone is currently contemplating. If this is managed well, with battery and other forms of storage, there will be little need for many of the remaining coal generators.

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Storage on hold as Victoria still reviewing battery tender

Storage on hold as Victoria still reviewing battery tender

Clock ticks down on Victoria government’s plans to have two large scale battery storage projects in place by January 1, with the winners still not known.

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Smart grid, dumb media: Conservatives hit peak stupid over demand response

Smart grid, dumb media: Conservatives hit peak stupid over demand response

Technology troglodytes in conservative media have collective meltdown over “demand response” – a new initiative to encourage consumers, particularly industry, to shift loads to help manage demand peaks and moderate prices.

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Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

Queensland renewables and storage tender attracts proposals amounting to 9,000MW of wind, solar and biomass, and 6000MW of storage.