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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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S.A. network says solar plus battery storage to cost just 15c/kWh

S.A. network says solar plus battery storage to cost just 15c/kWh

SAPN says price of rooftop solar and battery storage will fall to just 15c/kWh for households, less than half the cost of grid power.

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S.A. blackout underlines need for smarter, quicker grid, says AEMO

S.A. blackout underlines need for smarter, quicker grid, says AEMO

Final report by AEMO into S.A. blackout underlines need for major system overhaul, with market operator saying new, faster technologies like battery storage, demand management, wind and solar need to be adopted. It says having coal generator would have made no difference.

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Big solar conference: What does 2GW of solar thermal look like?

Big solar conference: What does 2GW of solar thermal look like?

As more wind and solar is introduced into the grid, more storage will be needed. SolarReserve has plans for a facility of up to 2GW in Nevada.

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How Horizon Power plans to remove world's biggest fossil fuel subsidy

How Horizon Power plans to remove world’s biggest fossil fuel subsidy

WA utility plans to eliminate $250 million subsidy – which amounts to $5,000 a year for each customer – with a focus on solar, battery storage and micro-grids to dramatically reduce the need for fossil fuels such as gas and diesel.

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Batteries not configured to remove demand peaks, network says

Batteries not configured to remove demand peaks, network says

SAPN says new algorithms needed to ensure that residential battery storage can address large swings in demand, not make them worse.

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Graph of the Day: Hazelwood winds down, last of pre-1970 plants

Graph of the Day: Hazelwood winds down, last of pre-1970 plants

Hazelwood begins its winding down, with Wednesday to be the last day of generation of the last of the pre-1970 coal fired power stations.

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Media won't let facts get in way of energy scare campaign

Media won’t let facts get in way of energy scare campaign

Murdoch media tries to outdo Fairfax and ABC with even more scary forecasts of energy shortages, despite AEMO saying it is predicting no such thing.

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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.