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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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It's absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

It’s absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

As long as Australia’s energy networks hold on to their inflated asset base, and generators and retailers to their inflated profit margins, consumers will have no choice but to take matters into their own hands with solar and battery storage. But what a hopeless failure in public policy that would be.

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Australia's biggest wind farm is also its least productive

Australia’s biggest wind farm is also its least productive

What’s wrong with Australia’s biggest wind farm? Victoria’s 420MW Macarthur facility was supposed to produce 50% more power than it did last year.

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Liddell coal plant to be replaced by solar, wind, storage

Liddell coal plant to be replaced by solar, wind, storage

AGL says new coal plants not economically rational; facilities like Liddell will be replaced by wind, solar, batteries, pumped hydro and other firming capacity.

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AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL’s multi-billion investment in coal generators, and the recent investment drought in new wind and solar plants, have delivered windfall gains to the country’s biggest generator. It also increased its margins from consumers, despite its offer of discounts.

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Nuclear not the answer, as consumers pay for abandoned reactors

Nuclear not the answer, as consumers pay for abandoned reactors

The nuclear “renaissance” in the US is now over, after another two reactors abandoned, leaving consumers holding the bill.

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Australia’s biggest solar retailer forced to replace non-compliant panels

Australia’s biggest solar retailer forced to replace non-compliant panels

Euro Solar forced to surrender STCs or replace PV modules after being found to have installed non-compliant solar panels, as part of a Clean Energy Regulator crackdown on Australia’s rooftop solar industry.

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Regulator: It's OK to charge customers more for energy

Regulator: It’s OK to charge customers more for energy

IPART submission to energy price inquiry appears to suggest it’s OK to exploit consumers if they don’t have time or knowledge to search for discounts.

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Tesla, Zen, Lyon slam S.A. energy security target as industrial "relic"

Tesla, Zen, Lyon slam S.A. energy security target as industrial “relic”

Tesla, Zen, Lyon and others slam South Australia’s proposed energy security target, saying it lacks technical expertise and will deliver windfall profits to incumbent gas generators, and not encourage new technologies like battery storage.

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Tesla says favouring gas akin to choosing paper records over digital files

Tesla says favouring gas akin to choosing paper records over digital files

Tesla says battery storage can deliver many grid services provided by gas generators, and thinking otherwise is like supporting paper records over digital files.

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New coal plant may be Coalition price for clean energy target

New coal plant may be Coalition price for clean energy target

There is increased speculation that the Coalition government is prepared to spend taxpayers money on a new clean/cleaner/cleanish/not-quite-so-dirty coal plant in an effort to get conservative support for a clean energy target and even to appease potential One Nation voters.

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Queenslanders blame something they don't have - renewables - for rising energy bills

Queenslanders blame something they don’t have – renewables – for rising energy bills

Queenslanders apparently blame renewables for price rises, even though they have any. But don’t get between a poll and a Murdoch campaign.