• National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios: Cui Bono?

    • Date: 19/07/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    National Grid’s recently published Future Energy Scenarios, 2017, is in essence an examination of its own prospects in a period of policy driven sectoral transformation. However turbulent the future appears to be for generators, and however costly for consumers, shareholders in National Grid can sleep easy at night. Things will be fine, for them at […]

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  • Why The Renewable Energy Industry Is (Mostly) A Scam

    • Date: 13/07/17
    • National Economics Editorial

    Renewable energy is irrelevant. It will remain irrelevant and won’t power the future. Renewable energy advocates have claimed for decades that solar and wind power are the future—and the future is right around the corner. Some boldly state that the world could be powered by renewable energy sources as early as 2030, given the exponential growth […]

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  • A Green Economy Is Possible, But At What Cost?

    • Date: 10/07/17
    • Jonathan Ford, Financial Times

    The problem with renewables lies not in capability, but in low productivity Some US scientists have recently been conducting a rather heated argument about whether it is possible to have an economy that is powered 100 per cent by renewable (or non-fossil) energy sources. The answer, obviously, is yes. Such economies have previously existed, and […]

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  • 20 Reasons Why Americans & Their Allies Should Hail Shale

    • Date: 09/07/17
    • Victor David Hansen, Inverstor's Business Daily

    Fracking is not easy. It requires legally protected property and mineral rights, a natural entrepreneurial spirit, environmental concern and a free market. In other words, it is an American way of doing business. Less than 10 years ago, America’s energy future looked bleak. World oil prices in 2008 had spiked to more than $100 per […]

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  • Dr Birol’s Melchett Lecture 2017

    • Date: 05/07/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    On the evening of the 4th of July, at an even held in the of the Royal Institution lecture theatre in London, Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, was presented with the Melchett Award of the Energy Institute. He then delivered the Melchett Lecture, “Global Energy Markets and Environment Challenges: Today […]

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  • The Curse of Hinkley Point

    • Date: 27/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The contract for the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power station is so heavily loaded with penalties that the UK government is unlikely to cancel. Rising costs and other project risks, on the other hand, mean that EdF is in no hurry to build it. This results in a stagnant uncertainty that further clouds prospects for […]

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  • The Bank of England’s Response to Climate Change Policies

    • Date: 18/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    By focusing only on risks to carbon intensive assets, whilst ignoring the possibility that current climate policies may be creating malinvestment in renewable energy technologies, the Bank of England is failing in its statutory duty to identify and address risks to the resilience of the UK financial system. The Bank of England is under a […]

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  • The Global Status of Renewable Energy: Taking Stock

    • Date: 12/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In spite of decades of sustained government support at the global level, wind and solar, the modern renewables on which the future of current climate policy depend, are still only 1% of world Final Energy Consumption. Renewables  The “Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century” (REN21), the secretariat of which is based in Paris, […]

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