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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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Energy Security Board makes big concessions on NEG

Energy Security Board makes big concessions on NEG

ESB makes major concessions, dropping push for physical contracts on emissions, and a “light touch” reliability obligation. However, major policy issues are addressed in separate government document that even the ESB had not seen.

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Turnbull's brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes

Turnbull’s brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes

Turnbull hails half a billion dollar, year long project that will turn Victoria brown coal into just three tonnes of hydrogen fuel. Has the world gone completely mad?

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Craig Kelly slams RenewEconomy: "Shameless propaganda arm of green rent seekers"

Craig Kelly slams RenewEconomy: “Shameless propaganda arm of green rent seekers”

It’s official, Craig Kelly MP doesn’t rate RE. And while we don’t mind that so much, we do mind his serial bending of the truth to beat up renewables, deny climate change, and shore up coal.

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Frydenberg takes the low road: It's a weak NEG or nothing

Frydenberg takes the low road: It’s a weak NEG or nothing

Frydenberg calls for an end to ideology and culture wars on energy, while presenting – with breathtaking cynicism – a policy that panders to right wing ideology and culture wars. It’s the NEG or nothing, he warns. Many might suggest that nothing is more attractive.

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Cbus, DIF join Synergy to boost wind and solar portfolio

Cbus, DIF join Synergy to boost wind and solar portfolio

Super fund Cbus and DIF join Synergy to underwrite investment in new solar farm extension and two new wind farm investments.

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South32 orders 3MW solar farm for Cannington silver and lead mine

South32 orders 3MW solar farm for Cannington silver and lead mine

BHP thermal coal spinoff South32 orders its first solar farm, to help power the world’s largest silver and lead mine in Queensland.

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Kokam commissions 30MW battery to help supply Gina Rinehart mine

Kokam commissions 30MW battery to help supply Gina Rinehart mine

Kokam battery in Pilbara is biggest of its type in Australia and will reduce cost and emissions of Alinta’s gas power supply to Gina Rinehart iron ore mine.

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Coal industry and Coalition's fear campaign against renewables gaining traction

Coal industry and Coalition’s fear campaign against renewables gaining traction

New polling shows campaign by coal industry and Coalition against renewables is showing signs of gaining traction.

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Tesla big battery is changing the way people think about the grid

Tesla big battery is changing the way people think about the grid

Tesla big battery is causing a rethink about the way the grid is managed. It will already become a front-line defence in a new mechanism designed to prevent black-outs and load-shedding in the event of a major fault.

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Solar, wind and batteries are killing market for new gas plants

Solar, wind and batteries are killing market for new gas plants

New report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance highlights how wind and solar technologies paired with battery storage are already beating new coal and gas fired generators on cost.

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Consumers are sick of Coalition's coal fantasy: They are going solar

Consumers are sick of Coalition’s coal fantasy: They are going solar

Malcolm Turnbull may have done more for renewable energy than he is given credit for. The political and policy deadlock is creating unprecedented demand for rooftop solar, destroying the business model for coal faster than the Coalition can think of ways to prop it up.