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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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Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy

Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy

Malcolm Turnbull now appears perfectly comfortable parroting right wing nonsense about energy policy, branding high renewable policies as “idiocy” and defending the future of coal. That may be because mainstream media won’t challenge him.

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AEMO relaxes constraints on wind power in South Australia

AEMO relaxes constraints on wind power in South Australia

AEMO relaxes limits on wind generation in South Australia as it continues to review system strength needs of the grid with the highest penetration of wind and solar in the world.

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Consumers short-changed by Liddell closure plans

Consumers short-changed by Liddell closure plans

Consumers should be doing a lot better out of the closure of Liddell – and the inevitable closure of other coal generators. But they need governments to act to encourage the efficient use of energy.

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Zibelman: Resisting energy transition like trying to resist internet

Zibelman: Resisting energy transition like trying to resist internet

AEMO boss Audrey Zibelman says energy transition as unstoppable as the internet, because economics and technology have changed. Some baseload may be needed in the future, but it doesn’t need to be coal.

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Maoneng lands Australia's biggest solar PPA - 300MW - with AGL

Maoneng lands Australia’s biggest solar PPA – 300MW – with AGL

China-Australia renewable energy firm lands PPA with AGL for construction of 300MW of large scale solar – the biggest contract so far in Australia.

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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.