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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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Solar's trillion-dollar market: Driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage

Solar’s trillion-dollar market: Driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage

Solar is expected to be a $US1 trillion market within five years, driven by EV uptake, micro-grids and corporate purchases, and as unsubsidised solar and storage reaches cost parity with the grid in most major markets.

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North Queensland to be Australia's first major exporter of solar power

North Queensland to be Australia’s first major exporter of solar power

As Conservatives push for new coal generator in north Queensland, the region is about to become Australia’s first significant solar power exporter.

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China connects 13.5GW of solar PV - in a single month

China connects 13.5GW of solar PV – in a single month

China installed 13.5GW of solar in a single month, and is expected to easily beat its 2020 target. It may have already.

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Transgrid: 100% renewables is feasible and affordable

Transgrid: 100% renewables is feasible and affordable

Network operator Transgrid says 100 per cent renewable energy is both feasible and affordable, and says only incremental increases in renewable energy will not achieve potential falls in the cost of electricity.

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Lawyer Steven Skala named new chair of Clean Energy Finance Corp

Lawyer Steven Skala named new chair of Clean Energy Finance Corp

Lawyer and ABC director Steven Skala named chair of $10 billion CEFC, three women appointed to board.

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Base-cost renewables: When wind and solar finally kill coal

Base-cost renewables: When wind and solar finally kill coal

BNEF says building new solar plants will be cheaper than shovelling coal into existing coal generators within 15 years. This will trigger a complete re-make of the energy system, and a share of wind and solar far beyond that contemplated by the Finkel Review.

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Frydenberg says Zibelman "doing really great job" at AEMO

Frydenberg says Zibelman “doing really great job” at AEMO

Frydenberg defends AEMO chief Audrey Zibelman from attacks by conservative commentators.

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Business slowly wakes up to reality that renewables are cheap

Business slowly wakes up to reality that renewables are cheap

ARENA report shows less than half Australian businesses have tapped renewables. But there’s no doubt the idea is starting to catch on.

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Barnaby’s warning: Biggest threat to renewables is lights out in Sydney

Barnaby’s warning: Biggest threat to renewables is lights out in Sydney

Deputy PM says Sydney blackout could be end of road for renewables, although NSW Coalition minister earlier praised role of wind and solar in preventing blackout.

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GE: Some Australia regions to be 100% renewable in 5-10 years

GE: Some Australia regions to be 100% renewable in 5-10 years

GE says parts of Australia will soon get all electricity from renewables, at least for a few days a year, as utility business models disrupted.

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AGL’s Vesey: Clean Energy Target should recognise Paris climate agreement

AGL’s Vesey: Clean Energy Target should recognise Paris climate agreement

AGL adds pressure to Turnbull government, saying CET needs to be adopted, and needs to reflect Paris climate targets.