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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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Germany's sonnen to build battery manufacturing plant in Adelaide

Germany’s sonnen to build battery manufacturing plant in Adelaide

Germany’s sonnen to build battery storage manufacturing plant in Adelaide, creating more than 400 jobs and planning 50,000 storage units.

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Frydenberg fumes as Weatherill does the vision thing on renewables and storage

Frydenberg fumes as Weatherill does the vision thing on renewables and storage

Frydenberg goes to Adelaide and is trumped again by Weatherill’s big vision. Leading analysts say SA Premier stands apart. “At least this man has balls.”

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Carnegie to build renewable micro-grid on old Holden site in Elizabeth

Carnegie to build renewable micro-grid on old Holden site in Elizabeth

Carnegie Clean Energy wins $3m SA govt grant to build 2MW/500kWh battery and renewable microgrid on old GM Holden site.

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S.A. Labor commits to 750MW "renewable storage" target

S.A. Labor commits to 750MW “renewable storage” target

South Australia government commits to 750MW energy storage target to go with its enhanced 75 per cent renewable energy target.

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S.A. Labor shoots for 75% renewables, 25% storage target

S.A. Labor shoots for 75% renewables, 25% storage target

South Australia Labor government says it will lift 2025 renewable energy target to 75% if re-elected at next month’s poll, the most ambitious target for any major grid in the world.

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Frydenberg, IPA trolling renewables on ABC's Q&A – again

Frydenberg, IPA trolling renewables on ABC’s Q&A – again

The Coalition and IPA tag-team were at it again against renewables on Q&A. It’s disappointing enough that the country’s federal energy minister should have such a blind spot on new technology, but it appears to be a party-wide phenomenon. At least Catweazle was funny.

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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.