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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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Graph of Day: How solar tower and storage sailed through eclipse

Graph of Day: How solar tower and storage sailed through eclipse

Murdoch media’s “Monkey’s uncle” thinks solar towers and storage are intermittent. But its performance during eclipse shows otherwise.

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30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia

30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia

ARENA funds 30MW battery to be built in South Australia to help grid security, and be the first of a series of renewable-based mini-grids to keep the lights on.

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Victoria to unveil wind and solar tenders in push for 40% renewables

Victoria to unveil wind and solar tenders in push for 40% renewables

Major renewable energy tender announcements expected from Victoria, along with more details of state renewable energy target architecture.

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California grid survives solar eclipse, as Australia prepares for 2028

California grid survives solar eclipse, as Australia prepares for 2028

California’s solar-centric grid manages eclipse without a hitch. In Australia, preparations already being made for 2028 eclipse.

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Super cheap solar - and why that's good for Australia's mining sector

Super cheap solar – and why that’s good for Australia’s mining sector

Solar pioneer Martin Green says solar PV will fall to $US10/MWh within a few years, but this will be good news for Australia’s mining industry because the fall in Australia’s thermal coal exports will be offset by a factor of more than 5 by demand for other resources.

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Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

More details emerge of the contract for the Port Augusta solar tower and storage project, and why it means huge change for energy markets, and a shift of focus from “base-load” fossil fuel to clean, flexible capacity built around “base-cost” renewables.

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It's absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

It’s absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

As long as Australia’s energy networks hold on to their inflated asset base, and generators and retailers to their inflated profit margins, consumers will have no choice but to take matters into their own hands with solar and battery storage. But what a hopeless failure in public policy that would be.

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Australia's biggest wind farm is also its least productive

Australia’s biggest wind farm is also its least productive

What’s wrong with Australia’s biggest wind farm? Victoria’s 420MW Macarthur facility was supposed to produce 50% more power than it did last year.

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Liddell coal plant to be replaced by solar, wind, storage

Liddell coal plant to be replaced by solar, wind, storage

AGL says new coal plants not economically rational; facilities like Liddell will be replaced by wind, solar, batteries, pumped hydro and other firming capacity.

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AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL’s multi-billion investment in coal generators, and the recent investment drought in new wind and solar plants, have delivered windfall gains to the country’s biggest generator. It also increased its margins from consumers, despite its offer of discounts.

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Nuclear not the answer, as consumers pay for abandoned reactors

Nuclear not the answer, as consumers pay for abandoned reactors

The nuclear “renaissance” in the US is now over, after another two reactors abandoned, leaving consumers holding the bill.