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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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AEMO receiving 1,000 enquiries for wind and solar projects a month

AEMO receiving 1,000 enquiries for wind and solar projects a month

Australian Energy Market Operator says enquiries for new wind and solar projects up 50-fold in recent months, based on economics, not environment.

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AEMO says major market reform essential to cut energy prices

AEMO says major market reform essential to cut energy prices

AEMO and ARENA again plead for changes to market rules to keep pace with extraordinary change of technology. Australia’s over-buit grid is locked in 20th century, with much capacity sitting idle and peaking plants trying to recoup a year’s revenue in just a few hours.

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Biggest threat to utilities is not solar + storage, it's their own greed

Biggest threat to utilities is not solar + storage, it’s their own greed

The plunging cost of solar and storage present a huge threat to the business models of incumbent utilities. But the biggest threat to their future is their own greed, and the invitation to consumers to look at alternatives.

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Stunning new lows in solar and battery storage costs

Stunning new lows in solar and battery storage costs

New Arizona contract reveals record low price for large scale solar in US, and stunning reduction in cost of battery storage. The new combined solar and storage deal of below 4.5c/kWh cuts previous prices by more than 60% – far cheaper than a peaking gas plant.

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Coalition seeks applications for solar thermal funds by end of year

Coalition seeks applications for solar thermal funds by end of year

Coalition seeks feedback on Port Augusta solar tower funding, but already appears to have agreed to equity funds rather than loan.

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Pacific Hydro raises $670m in multi-currency facility to fund wind, solar

Pacific Hydro raises $670m in multi-currency facility to fund wind, solar

Pacific Hydro looks to fund new wind, solar and hydro developments with multi-currency fund raising.

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ARENA opens $20m funding round for next generation solar PV

ARENA opens $20m funding round for next generation solar PV

ARENA switches focus of solar PV support back to R&D, in bid to achieve more cost savings and ensure solar can provide nearly one third of Australia’s electricity within 15 years.

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Market reform, not subsidies, needed for battery storage market

Market reform, not subsidies, needed for battery storage market

CEC throws support behind proposal to buy out premium feed in tariffs in exchange for a battery storage device, and says storage does not need new subsidies, but widespread reform to bring the country’s energy market into the 21st Century.

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The great divide over Australia's energy future

The great divide over Australia’s energy future

The energy rule-maker’s dystopian view of our immediate energy future underlines the growing divide on the future of renewables. There are those who see them as key to a smarter, cheaper, cleaner and more reliable grid. And other who simply believe it can’t be done.

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Redflow can't compete with lithium batteries on price in home market

Redflow can’t compete with lithium batteries on price in home market

Flow battery storage manufacturer Redflow abandons bulk home battery market due to price issues, to focus on bigger installations in commercial, industrial and off-grid sector.

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AEMO looks at smarter ways to deal with extreme peaks and heatwaves

AEMO looks at smarter ways to deal with extreme peaks and heatwaves

In what’s being called a “breakthrough moment”, AEMO and ARENA team up to provide 100MW demand response capacity to meet next summer’s critical peaks. The program will focus on technologies like solar and storage in a way previously ignored by policy makers.