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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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South Australia heading to 80% wind and solar by 2021/22

South Australia heading to 80% wind and solar by 2021/22

Scenarios by Australian Market Operator suggest wind and solar could be capable of providing 80 per cent of South Australia’s electricity demand within 5 years.

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Industrial bulk-buy could open path for more wind and solar projects

Industrial bulk-buy could open path for more wind and solar projects

A bulk-buy tender by big industrial users – fed up with soaring cost of electricity in South Australia, and the power of retailers – could open door to wind and solar and kick-start the corporate market for large-scale renewables in Australia.

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Plunging battery costs raise doubts over Tasmania's $3 billion hydro plans

Plunging battery costs raise doubts over Tasmania’s $3 billion hydro plans

Tasmania’s grand plans to spend $3 billion on pumped hydro and new links to become the “renewable battery” of Australia may be undone by the plunging cost of battery storage.

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The great gas con: There are cheaper, cleaner alternatives

The great gas con: There are cheaper, cleaner alternatives

Just how long can the Australian government and gas industry continue the charade that there might be a solution to surging domestic gas prices? It beggars belief that business is not following lead of households and smaller commercial users and investing in cheap and cleaner alternatives for power and heat.

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Turnbull says Tasmania wind, hydro can become "energy battery" for Australia

Turnbull says Tasmania wind, hydro can become “energy battery” for Australia

Turnbull unveils plans for up to 2,500MW pumped hydro in Tasmania, a possible “energy battery” in the “distributed, renewable era”.

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Carnegie raises $18m for Northam solar farm and micro-grids

Carnegie raises $18m for Northam solar farm and micro-grids

Carnegie to accelerate pipeline of large scale solar farms and renewable-based micro-grids after securing $18m in capital raising – three times its original target.

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SolarQ plans 350MW solar farm with storage in south-east Queensland

SolarQ plans 350MW solar farm with storage in south-east Queensland

SolarQ – comprising fossil fuel industry veterans – plans huge solar farm and battery storage in Queensland in yet another sign that the industry is looking to new technologies to solve old problems. The solar and storage will effectively replace gas peaking plant and deal with massive “flex” in local demand.

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Graph of Day: Germany reaches 51% renewables

Graph of Day: Germany reaches 51% renewables

Renewable energy accounts for 51 per cent of German electricity production for whole week, with total for year to date at 36.5 per cent.

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Frydenberg to visit world's tallest solar tower

Frydenberg to visit world’s tallest solar tower

Federal energy minister to lead trade delegation to Israel, including visit to what will be world’s tallest solar tower.

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NSW could be dark horse of Australia's renewable energy boom

NSW could be dark horse of Australia’s renewable energy boom

A year ago, NSW was considered the worst place to invest in wind and solar energy in the country. Now the Coalition state government has a plan that could rival Labor states in its ambition.

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VSUN eyes household market for vanadium batteries, and local manufacturing

VSUN eyes household market for vanadium batteries, and local manufacturing

VSUN looks to household market for vanadium redox flow batteries, and to a local manufacturing facility to help reduce prices.