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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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Greens delight in inserting more wind turbines into Barnaby's seat

Greens delight in inserting more wind turbines into Barnaby’s seat

ACT, NSW Greens visit Barnaby Joyce’s electorate to celebrate jobs and investment from renewables plan the deputy PM called “crazy”.

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How much storage and back-up do high renewable grids need?

How much storage and back-up do high renewable grids need?

According to a new CSIRO and ENA report, not nearly as much as the naysayers would have you think.

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Households will be at centre of Australia's transition to 100% renewables

Households will be at centre of Australia’s transition to 100% renewables

CSIRO and network owners say key driver of shift to 100% renewables will not be wind farms or solar parks, but rooftop solar and battery storage installed by homes and business. This can and should be done – but policy, and politics, need to change.

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Victoria seeks two 20MW large scale batteries to be installed by January

Victoria seeks two 20MW large scale batteries to be installed by January

Victoria government wants two 20MW battery storage installations, with 100MWh of storage, in place by January.

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Which fuel is setting electricity prices? Clue: it's not wind or solar

Which fuel is setting electricity prices? Clue: it’s not wind or solar

The way electricity prices were set in the wholesale market has changed dramatically in just one year. So, who’s playing games with their gas and hydro power?

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Australian solar capacity now 6GW, to double again by 2020

Australian solar capacity now 6GW, to double again by 2020

Solar power capacity has reached 6GW in Australia, but it is just the start, with numbers expected to double by 2020 and rise ten-fold by 2040 as solar becomes the dominant provider of electricity in Australia – and potentially an export fuel as well.

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Plunging solar, wind costs means "green" fuel exports could replace coal and gas

Plunging solar, wind costs means “green” fuel exports could replace coal and gas

Plunging wind and solar costs put “hydrogen” economy at tipping point, with Australia urged to lay groundwork for opportunity to develop “green fuel” exports to replace coal and gas, a market potentially worth $40bn a year. ARENA likely to make it one of its key investment priorities this year.

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South Australia reaches record wind output of 1,540MW

South Australia reaches record wind output of 1,540MW

South Australia reaches record wind output of 1,540MW on Anzac Day.

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Monash Uni tenders for new wind or solar farm in Australian first

Monash Uni tenders for new wind or solar farm in Australian first

Monash Uni offers long-term contract for 55GWh of new wind or solar in Australia’s biggest non-government renewables tender, to date.

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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.