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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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Australia's regulators still can't imagine a clean energy future

Australia’s regulators still can’t imagine a clean energy future

This has been the story of Australia’s energy market for more than a decade. Almost every report done by a statutory authority has refused to contemplate what a decarbonised grid might look like. Sims falls into the same trap.

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Massive surge in rooftop solar would bring end to Australia's coal era

Massive surge in rooftop solar would bring end to Australia’s coal era

The biggest threat to Australia’s legacy coal fired generators is not the explosion of wind and solar farms, or even the settings of the country’s emissions policy: Right now, it’s the continued boom in rooftop solar.

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ACCC wants federal rooftop solar subsidy abolished by 2021

ACCC wants federal rooftop solar subsidy abolished by 2021

ACCC calls for federal solar subsidy to be scrapped by 2021, in report that documents how consumers have been screwed by networks, generators and retailers. Its response: Kill rooftop solar, and get government to underwrite new projects that could include gas and coal.

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Australia could be at 86% wind and solar by 2050 – on economics only

Australia could be at 86% wind and solar by 2050 – on economics only

Australia will likely source 86% of its electricity from wind and solar by 2050, based on economics only, and regardless of climate policy. It could get there a lot quicker with emissions targets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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If Turnbull was serious about energy prices, he'd bring Snowy Hydro to heel

If Turnbull was serious about energy prices, he’d bring Snowy Hydro to heel

If Turnbull is serious about lowering energy prices, he should bring the government-owned Snowy Hydro to heel on bidding practices, as he has praised Queensland government for doing in that state.

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Taste of the future: Australia's southern states at 50% renewables

Taste of the future: Australia’s southern states at 50% renewables

Last week, in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, the share of renewable energy was above 50% for most of the time.

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Snowy's diesel generators pile in to extract maximum value from S.A market

Snowy’s diesel generators pile in to extract maximum value from S.A market

Anyone who has had an experience on the sea-side with a couple of chips and a flock of seagulls can imagine what happened when the diesel generators spotted an opportunity to make money in South Australia on Monday.

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Michael McCormack

LNP turns its back on wind, solar and storage, and emissions cuts

LNP’s call for more coal-fired power stations, and government ownership of the railway line to the Adani coal project were largely symbolic, as were resolutions to “protect Christmas” and save the “Lord’s Prayer”. But they underline why a NEG won’t end the climate and energy policy wars.

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ARENA, Victoria lead new work on household battery storage standards

ARENA, Victoria lead new work on household battery storage standards

New program to design standards that will enable consumers to compare performance of household battery storage between different brands and manufacturers.

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Finkel says Australia can, and should, be world leader in energy storage

Finkel says Australia can, and should, be world leader in energy storage

A new study led by chief scientist Alan Finkel has underlined Australia’s role as a leader in the household battery storage sector, and says Australia can, and should, be a leader of energy storage of all types.

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Australia at 19% renewables - NEG 2030 target to be reached in 2021

Australia at 19% renewables – NEG 2030 target to be reached in 2021

Australia is already at 19 per cent renewables as at June, and could reach 43 per cent renewables by 2030, just with the state targets in Queensland and Victoria, new data shows.