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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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Regulator cites Loy Yang B coal unit failure for price surge in January

Regulator cites Loy Yang B coal unit failure for price surge in January

Coal plant trip and low wind conditions provide perfect opportunity for gas generators to send prices sky-rocketing in January, but at least Tesla big battery kept them honest in FCAS markets.

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Why Lakeland solar battery could be world leader in battery storage

Why Lakeland solar battery could be world leader in battery storage

Lakeland solar and storage facility in far north Queensland may be smaller than Tesla’s big battery, but intends setting some records of its own.

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Why Telstra could make $20 billion play in Australia energy markets

Why Telstra could make $20 billion play in Australia energy markets

Analysts say Telstra may spend $20 billion to enter Australia’s energy markets as it looks to boost earnings and take on the incumbent utilities. Some smaller retailers have shown the path forward.

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Australia's first large scale solar + storage plant connected to grid

Australia’s first large scale solar + storage plant connected to grid

Australia’s first large-scale solar and big battery storage installation – the Lakeland project near Cooktown in far north Queensland – officially connected to the grid.

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"Shameless": Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried

“Shameless”: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies – clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

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German energy giant Innogy buys two huge Australia solar projects

German energy giant Innogy buys two huge Australia solar projects

German energy giant Innogy enters Australia market, buying two large solar projects and on the lookout for wind projects and battery storage.

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Coalition seeks to lock in weak emission targets under NEG

Coalition seeks to lock in weak emission targets under NEG

Coalition gives no indication of changing emissions targets, but wants five years’ notice, and may use offsets. ESB flags potential use of auctions for reliability mechanism and greater use of demand response. It might not even be needed.

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Qld turns to jet-fuel and imports as coal plants wilt in face of record demand

Qld turns to jet-fuel and imports as coal plants wilt in face of record demand

Queensland turns to jet-fuel and imports from NSW wind farm as soaring temperatures pushed demand to a new peak, and its big coal generators wilted in the heat. Fortunately, it also had heaps of rooftop solar.

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Equis gets finance for 127MW solar farm in South Australia

Equis gets finance for 127MW solar farm in South Australia

Equis Energy to begin construction of 127MW solar farm in South Australia, and looks to add 111MW stage 2 and 100MWh of battery storage.

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Battery storage leaves fossil fuels and regulators in state of inertia

Battery storage leaves fossil fuels and regulators in state of inertia

The brain cells are working overtime at the headquarters of network owners, grid operators, generators, and regulators. Thanks to battery storage, Australia’s electricity grid is about to make the leap from analogue to digital, and everyone is scrambling to keep up.

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Solar plus storage beats out "cheap" gas to serve evening peaks

Solar plus storage beats out “cheap” gas to serve evening peaks

First Solar bid for solar and storage peaking power plant in Arizona beats out “cheap” gas and sets new milestone for dispatchable renewables.