rss

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.

3
IPART bumps up benchmark range for NSW solar tariffs

IPART bumps up benchmark range for NSW solar tariffs

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs – well above AGL’s proposed tariff – but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

15
Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Energy Renaissance, backed by engineering group UGL, plans a gigawatt-scale battery storage factory in Darwin, that it says will begin production in late 2018.

4
NSW follows Victoria, South Australia in major push to demand management

NSW follows Victoria, South Australia in major push to demand management

Households and businesses in NSW will get paid for reducing loads during critical peaks, as governments and institutions decide to circumvent objections by fossil fuel lobby with smarter, cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

3
Trump's far-fetched solar wall idea sparks surge in US solar stocks

Trump’s far-fetched solar wall idea sparks surge in US solar stocks

Trump’s planned “solar wall” might take a century to generate enough power to pay for itself, but the fact that Trump said the word “solar” is lighting a fire under solar stocks.

6
Vector/LG Chem win 5MW battery storage tender for Alice Springs

Vector/LG Chem win 5MW battery storage tender for Alice Springs

Vector wins tender with LG Chem battery storage, which allow significant increase in solar capacity in Alice Springs and a payback in 4 years.

14
Birdsville geothermal plant to finally get major upgrade

Birdsville geothermal plant to finally get major upgrade

Australia’s only geothermal power supply is to finally get its long awaited upgrade.

44
Australia's new citizenship test: swear allegiance to Queen and Coal

Australia’s new citizenship test: swear allegiance to Queen and Coal

Text used for preparation for citizenship test looks like marketing material for the coal lobby.

42
Solar's new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

Solar’s new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

New solar plant in Queensland will be built at less than half the cost modelled in the Finkel Review, and give a payback to investors in less than 5 years. Small is beautiful for large scale solar.

11
Finkel: Investors prefer wind, solar because they cheaper than coal

Finkel: Investors prefer wind, solar because they cheaper than coal

Finkel says it clear investors prefer wind and solar because they are cheaper to build than traditional generation such as hydro and coal.

6
Turnbull and Trump both demonising renewables for no reason

Turnbull and Trump both demonising renewables for no reason

Turnbull’s pursuit of “baseload dispatchable” power has all the hallmarks of the Trump administration’s campaign against renewables. But data shows that countries with lots of wind and solar have better energy security.

7
Queensland rejects battery swap, but restricts use of storage with premium tariffs

Queensland rejects battery swap, but restricts use of storage with premium tariffs

Queensland decides against proposed voluntary “buy out” of premium solar feed in tariffs in exchange for battery storage, but announces new rules to stop premium tariffs being rorted by batteries.