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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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Belectric completes second solar farm, plans two more

Belectric completes second solar farm, plans two more

Belectric plans two more small solar farms by end of year after completing first with new, low cost installation system.

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Turnbull caves in, declares support for new "clean coal" generator

Turnbull caves in, declares support for new “clean coal” generator

Turnbull caves in to fossil fuel lobby push for more “continuous power” and asks AEMO to assess needs of the grid. “It would be good to have a state of the art clean coal plant in Australia,” he said.

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WA's Collgar Wind Farm

Lower the drawbridge! WA prepares for wind and solar boom

Drought on wind and solar investment orchestrated by previous conservative state government now likely to be broken, with more than 1000MW of projects lined up.

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Lyon plans battery tender for $1.88bn solar plus storage projects

Lyon plans battery tender for $1.88bn solar plus storage projects

Lyon Group announces another huge solar plus storage project, this time in Victoria, and unveiled plans to tender for contracts for battery services to underpin the investment and finalise the design of its three major projects.

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Coalition's war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Coalition’s war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Billed as a “once in a generation” opportunity to bring Australia’s energy market into the 21st Century, the Finkel Review is rapidly being reduced to absurdist arguments about the lights going out – by the very government that commissioned it. So much for Grid 2.0.

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Boom in rooftop PV shifting peaks, and taking market operator by surprise

Boom in rooftop PV shifting peaks, and taking market operator by surprise

AEMO report shows rooftop solar reducing and shifting peaks, and likely to gather pace as costs fall and grid prices rise.

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Carnegie gets nod for 10MW solar farm: "We should have lots of these""

Carnegie gets nod for 10MW solar farm: “We should have lots of these””

Carnegie gets development approval for 10MW solar farm, with CEO saying Australia “should have lots of these.”

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Finkel's Clean Energy Target little more than states' business as usual

Finkel’s Clean Energy Target little more than states’ business as usual

New analysis shows clean energy target as modelled by Finkel Review will deliver less large scale renewable energy than current state-based targets.

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How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

BNEF report suggests wind and solar will fall further than Finkel Review expects, undermining case for even refurbished coal generators. The cost falls mean that Australia’s current Paris targets will be met even without a clean energy target mechanism.

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Coalition wants wind, solar forced to match each MW with storage

Coalition wants wind, solar forced to match each MW with storage

Coalition may require new solar and wind farms to match each megawatt of capacity with a megawatt hour of energy storage to “level playing field” with coal.

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South Australia is going to need its battery storage this summer

South Australia is going to need its battery storage this summer

AEMO says battery storage plans for South Australia and Victoria will be critical to prevent blackouts in extreme heat events in coming summer.