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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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Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy

Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy

You’d think they’d be grateful: Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg went to the effort of designing a climate and energy policy that does nothing, and Tony Abbott and friends are still complaining that it does too much.

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India energy minister flags massive 100GW solar tender

India energy minister flags massive 100GW solar tender

India’s energy minister flags massive solar tender of 100GW – by far the biggest in the world. Wake up Australia.

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Simec Zen signs contracts with Wirsol for two new solar farms

Simec Zen signs contracts with Wirsol for two new solar farms

Simec Zen Energy signs contracts for two new solar farms to provide cheap electricity to industrial users in Victoria and Queensland.

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Gupta backs Adelaide push for Formula-E electric Grand Prix

Gupta backs Adelaide push for Formula-E electric Grand Prix

Sanjeev Gupta, the UK-based steel billionaire with plans to create a “solar-based” manufacturing economy in Australia, and build electric cars, is now backing a push to bring the Formula-E electric street racing series to South Australia.

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Coalition makes it harder to change low-ball emissions target

Coalition makes it harder to change low-ball emissions target

Coalition seeks to make it harder for any future government to change low-ball emissions targets, and removes option for changes with 5-years notice.

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Genex lands $516m NAIF loan for solar and storage project

Genex lands $516m NAIF loan for solar and storage project

Genex offered $516 million loan from Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility for world-leading solar and pumped hydro storage project.

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The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

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Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market

Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market

BNEF says EV sales in Australia have started slowly but will finish quick and will beat the global average by 2040, after passing tipping points on affordability in 2025. More intriguingly, the EV fleet will create a “behind the motor” storage market as big as Snowy 2.0.

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ESB leaves some unexpected booby traps in latest NEG update

ESB leaves some unexpected booby traps in latest NEG update

Latest version of National Energy Guarantee raises concerns it could put a de-facto cap on efforts by states, retailers and even corporate buyers, while the creation of a closed registry raises issues about transparency.

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ESB adds some meat to skeleton of "do nothing" NEG

ESB adds some meat to skeleton of “do nothing” NEG

Update: ESB proposes penalties of up to $100 million for retailers failing to meet emissions obligations, as it puts more meat on the skeleton of the National Energy Guarantee, and after briefing state and territory ministers on Friday.

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AEMO sees rooftop solar trebling in 10 years, batteries rising 10-fold

AEMO sees rooftop solar trebling in 10 years, batteries rising 10-fold

AEMO sees rooftop solar and battery storage uptake surging in WA, but grid to remain stable even as fossil fuel plants retire. EV forecasts vary widely.