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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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Fear and loathing about renewable grid in Coober Pedy

Fear and loathing about renewable grid in Coober Pedy

The town of Coober Pedy is in uproar. What should have been a positive plan to shift to a renewable-focused mini-grid based around wind and solar and storage is causing outrage in the community, and embarrassment to the developer, and the federal agency that backed it.

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How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

Because of the lack of competition that could have been introduced if RET policy was held steady, fossil fuel generators can use their market power to artificially inflate prices, and somehow convince media and politicians that it is all the fault of wind and solar.

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Qld looks to voltage changes to encourage more rooftop solar

Qld looks to voltage changes to encourage more rooftop solar

Queensland says proposal to lower voltage standards will allow networks to more easily accommodate rooftop solar and other technologies.

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Victoria regulator wants "market" to decide network value in rooftop solar

Victoria regulator wants “market” to decide network value in rooftop solar

Victoria regulator says there is obviously network value in rooftop solar, but it says it is difficult to work out how much without a grid services market.

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South Australia only looking for one hour of battery storage

South Australia only looking for one hour of battery storage

South Australia looking for only one hour of battery storage, in decision that may rule out some battery storage technologies.

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Regulators backtrack on restrictive rules on battery storage

Regulators backtrack on restrictive rules on battery storage

Regulators back-track on proposed rules that could have effectively banned the installation of all battery storage devices inside homes and garages.

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Energy wars: Networks attack gentailers over reliability, pricing

Energy wars: Networks attack gentailers over reliability, pricing

Electricity network owner attacks major energy retailers over reliability of their gas plants, the manipulation of prices and high retail fees. It says it wants rapid transition to renewables, but incumbents and market rules getting in the way.

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Fairfax joins media hysteria over post-Hazelwood "blackouts"

Fairfax joins media hysteria over post-Hazelwood “blackouts”

Fairfax joins Murdoch media, ABC and right wing blogs with hysterical and inaccurate story about potential blackouts once Hazelwood is closed.

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Fossil fuel generators may be threat to grid security

Fossil fuel generators may be threat to grid security

Concerns raised again that the NEM’s coal and gas generators can no longer deliver the grid security services expected of them.

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Gas generators hold South Australia consumers to ransom, again

Gas generators hold South Australia consumers to ransom, again

Market rules again under focus as SA generators push up prices, and regulator report documents another incidence when gas plant “failures” and rebidding pushed prices to stratospheric levels.

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How The Australian distorted S.A. renewables advice

How The Australian distorted S.A. renewables advice

Paper says 2009 report warned SA should not go beyond 20% renewables. Actually, it said “there are no significant technological constraints” to 40%.