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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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Storage on hold as Victoria still reviewing battery tender

Storage on hold as Victoria still reviewing battery tender

Clock ticks down on Victoria government’s plans to have two large scale battery storage projects in place by January 1, with the winners still not known.

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Smart grid, dumb media: Conservatives hit peak stupid over demand response

Smart grid, dumb media: Conservatives hit peak stupid over demand response

Technology troglodytes in conservative media have collective meltdown over “demand response” – a new initiative to encourage consumers, particularly industry, to shift loads to help manage demand peaks and moderate prices.

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Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

Queensland renewables and storage tender attracts proposals amounting to 9,000MW of wind, solar and biomass, and 6000MW of storage.

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600MW pumped hydro project proposed for northern NSW

600MW pumped hydro project proposed for northern NSW

A 600MW pumped hydro facility with six hours storage – a $1 billion project – proposed to tap into renewable energy hub in northern NSW.

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Extending Liddell could be more expensive than solar plus storage

Extending Liddell could be more expensive than solar plus storage

RepuTex says extending life of ageing Liddell coal generator would result in higher costs than new large scale solar project with battery storage.

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Get smart: AEMO unveils 200MW "virtual power plant"

Get smart: AEMO unveils 200MW “virtual power plant”

AEMO and ARENA unveil a 200MW “virtual power plant” from demand response initiatives featuring incentives for commercial and household users, battery storage, and a range of Australian monitoring, smart meters and voltage control devices,

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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition's climate goat

Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat

Is this really what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for? Short of sacrificing this particular climate goat, he will be obliged to defend the indefensible, the outright rejection of climate science. And Australia will remain a laughing stock.

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AEMO: Shift to renewables is going to happen anyway

AEMO: Shift to renewables is going to happen anyway

AEMO says shift to renewables is going to happen anyway, particularly as consumers turn to solar and storage. Might as well get some policies to deal with it.

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Elecnor gets approval to add 50MW to Qld's first solar farm

Elecnor gets approval to add 50MW to Qld’s first solar farm

Elecnor wins planning approval for 50MW extension to Queensland’s first big solar farm, selling into merchant market and contemplating storage.

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The case against Tesla and battery storage just hit peak stupid

The case against Tesla and battery storage just hit peak stupid

AFR’s Chanticleer column writes article about battery storage so absurd and stupid it beggars belief that it was published. Such is the state of the energy debate in Australia. It’s not just politicians and vested interests that are letting consumers down, it’s the media.

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Coalition wrestles with internal demons on clean energy target

Coalition wrestles with internal demons on clean energy target

Coalition had sought to dodge CET because renewables were too costly, now it is arguing they are too cheap. But Frydenberg says renewables without storage are a “costly burden.”