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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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States wave through NEG that is even worse than thought

States wave through NEG that is even worse than thought

States quickly agree on approval for more work to be done on National Energy Guarantee. But concerns remain about the emissions target, and new analysis that suggests the electricity sector is being asked to address just 5 per cent of required reductions.

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South Australia urged to re-think household battery storage

South Australia urged to re-think household battery storage

Plans for sonnen manufacturing base in South Australia at stake as new state government urged to rethink support for household battery storage.

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Five red line items that need to be fixed before NEG is agreed

Five red line items that need to be fixed before NEG is agreed

“Even if the Energy Security Board gives Malcolm Turnbull a Rolls Royce model of energy policy, it’s not going to be of much use to the country if he immediately seeks to put it in the garage and lock it up for 10 years.”

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AEMO has just doubled its forecast for EV uptake in Australia

AEMO has just doubled its forecast for EV uptake in Australia

Market operator’s latest forecasts for the uptake of electric vehicles suggests 10 million EVs, or half the car fleet, in 20 years.

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Whichever way you cut it, Turnbull's climate policy is still a sham

Whichever way you cut it, Turnbull’s climate policy is still a sham

Alan Jones says Craig Kelly should be energy minister. In effect, he already is, because the Coalition’s woeful policy is a craven attempt to pacify the right wing. Despite the NEG, or maybe because of it, a bipartisan approach to energy and climate is as elusive as ever.

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Renewables beware: Labor may not be able to change emissions target

Renewables beware: Labor may not be able to change emissions target

Signs that federal Labor could “accommodate” the proposed National Energy Guarantee, on the basis that weak emissions targets could be improved later, should be treated with caution.

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Retailers to pocket carbon credits from customers' rooftop solar

Retailers to pocket carbon credits from customers’ rooftop solar

Big retailers may be allowed to pocket carbon credits from rooftop solar systems paid for and installed by households.

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Victoria's biggest solar farm connected to grid – now for new Tesla battery

Victoria’s biggest solar farm connected to grid – now for new Tesla battery

Ganawarra solar farm connects to grid, with work to begin on a new Tesla big battery to commence within weeks.

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Reliability guarantee? It now exists in name only

Reliability guarantee? It now exists in name only

Energy Security Board has finally got smart about reliability, and dumped plans promised to conservatives that would try and turn wind and solar plants into “base-load” generators. This is a huge development, and a victory for smart economics, and engineering.

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Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper

Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper

Coalition refuses to budge on emissions targets for NEG, despite considerable shift on technical details of emissions and reliability obligations from Energy Security Board.

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ACT takes lead on EVs, all new government cars to be zero emissions

ACT takes lead on EVs, all new government cars to be zero emissions

ACT unveils major push into electric vehicles, including zero emission mandate for government fleets, charging infrastructure, use of transit lanes, salary sacrifice for electric bikes, and studies on using EVs and their batteries to help manage the grid.