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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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AGL plans 1.6GW wind and solar, plus storage, to replace Liddell

AGL plans 1.6GW wind and solar, plus storage, to replace Liddell

AGL confirms plans to invest in 1.6GW of wind and solar, plus storage and other technologies, to replace the ageing coal clunker, Liddell, which it will close in 2022, much to the annoyance of the federal Coalition.

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NSW signs LGC off-take deal with Neoen's Dubbo solar farm

NSW signs LGC off-take deal with Neoen’s Dubbo solar farm

NSW signs deal to buy LGC’s from Neoen’s Dubbo solar farm, and says “this lays the foundation for more renewable energy procurement.”

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Zen Energy gets retail licence to launch "baseload" renewable product

Zen Energy gets retail licence to launch “baseload” renewable product

Zen Energy gets electricity retailer licence to offer “baseload renewable energy” product and proceed with 1GW solar and storage facility at the Whyalla Steelworks.

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Newcrest snubs solar for coal power, but was it a good deal?

Newcrest snubs solar for coal power, but was it a good deal?

Gold miner Newcrest decides against solar farm to help power its Cadia mine in NSW, highlighting the challenges for renewable developers.

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AusNet, Deakin Uni to build 7.25MW solar, storage micro-grid

AusNet, Deakin Uni to build 7.25MW solar, storage micro-grid

AusNet and Deakin Uni to build solar and storage micro-grid on Geelong campus, to act as R&D for similar projects.

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The first Australian utility to embrace era of "base-cost renewables"

The first Australian utility to embrace era of “base-cost renewables”

West Australia’s regional utility Horizon Power has become the first major Australian utility to embrace the concept of “base-cost renewables”, recognising that the plunging cost of solar and wind is set to turn traditional theories of energy supply on their head.

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Tesla battery and "hidden demand" added to popular NEM-Watch

Tesla battery and “hidden demand” added to popular NEM-Watch

The popular NEM-Watch facility now includes the Tesla big battery, state demand levels and “hidden demand” from rooftop solar PV.

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5B plans module pre-fab facility in Adelaide, "gigafactory" in Asia

5B plans module pre-fab facility in Adelaide, “gigafactory” in Asia

Australian solar plant innovators 5B have announced plans to set up a production facility in Adelaide, and potentially a “gigawatt” production line in Asia.

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Energy regulator smashes illusion of "cheap" coal power in NSW

Energy regulator smashes illusion of “cheap” coal power in NSW

AER report absolves big generators of predatory bidding during demand peaks, but they hardly need to: The cost of “baseload” coal supply in NSW has jumped so high that there is no such thing as “cheap” coal generation.

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The secret world of Australia's solar and energy contract prices

The secret world of Australia’s solar and energy contract prices

Around the world, energy auctions have tracked the stunning falls in the cost of solar. But in Australia, auction results are not released, typical of a market that trades in ignorance and scarcity, for the benefit of the incumbents rather than the consumer.

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This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia's largest, for a while

This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia’s largest, for a while

Renew Power Group to build 4.9MW solar farm in South Australia, which will be biggest in the state till bigger projects are completed.