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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 still being led by the nose by Institute of Public Affairs

Coalition still being led by the nose by Institute of Public Affairs

Using a technique mastered by conservative think tanks like the IPA, the Coalition’s efforts on energy policy are mostly an exercise in gathering misleading information and presenting it as proof of something, in this case that wind and solar don’t work.

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Energy prices in NSW, Qld twice as high as South Australia

Energy prices in NSW, Qld twice as high as South Australia

Electricity prices in NSW and Qld jump to nearly $13,000/MWh after gas plant fails, with coal-dependent Queensland to rely on rooftop solar and imports from NSW to meet heatwave demand.

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Vic network fault causes outages in South Australia, conservatives blame renewables

Vic network fault causes outages in South Australia, conservatives blame renewables

Major fault on Victorian transmission cases network separation and power outages in South Australia grid, and conservatives blame wind and solar.

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Coal industry, Coalition take aim at household solar

Coal industry, Coalition take aim at household solar

The divide on energy policy between left and right deepens over future of coal, and as Coalition and fossil fuel lobby target rooftop solar as a source of inequality. Let’s hope they not talking about higher fixed charges or penalties such as a solar or battery storage tax.

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AER details extraordinary price gouging by gas generators in SA

AER details extraordinary price gouging by gas generators in SA

Regulator says re-bidding by major gas players caused major South Australia power price spikes in August and September.

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Change market rules, and battery storage will easily beat gas

Change market rules, and battery storage will easily beat gas

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg heckled at conference over commitment to gas generation, but a new report highlights the benefits of battery storage to wholesale prices and network security – if the market rules that currently favour fossil fuel generators are changed.

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Terry McCrann leaps back to top of the class for climate denial

Terry McCrann leaps back to top of the class for climate denial

Emboldened by Donald Trump’s US election win, and perhaps sensing a diplomatic opportunity, Murdoch media’s Terry McCrann is back on the war path against climate and renewables.

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Why sharing solar is the next big thing in energy industry

Why sharing solar is the next big thing in energy industry

L03, one of the world leaders in developing blockchain technology for the energy industry, says utilities are facing rapid change.

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NSW minister taps household push to share and trade solar energy

NSW minister taps household push to share and trade solar energy

NSW renewables minister says solar households should be allowed to share and trade solar and be pinged only a minimal network “freight” fee.

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AGL offering free solar system, or battery storage, to wind farm neighbours

AGL offering free solar system, or battery storage, to wind farm neighbours

AGL offers free 5kW solar system, or battery storage to neighbours of what could be biggest wind farm in Queensland.

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Heads up Barnaby: 300MW solar farm headed your way

Heads up Barnaby: 300MW solar farm headed your way

A 300MW solar farm – which would be Australia’s biggest – planned near NSW town of Armidale, the heart of Barnaby Joyce country.