• Subsidies to Electricity Generation in the United States

    • Date: 15/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A new white paper from the “Full Cost of Electricity” research programme at the University of Texas at Austin provides valuable empirical information on the scale and character of Federal government subsidies and other support mechanisms to electricity generators in the United States. The study reveals that levels of support per unit of renewable electricity […]

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  • New Data Confirms Offshore Wind Costs Are Rising Not Falling

    • Date: 08/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New data relating to the sale of a 50% share in the Walney Offshore Wind Farm extension project confirms the conclusions of the GWPF’s recent study, Offshore Wind Strike Prices: Behind the Headlines (2017): offshore wind capital costs are not falling, and appear to be rising due to the costs of construction in deeper water.   […]

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  • Truly Green? How Germany’s ‘Energy Transition’ Is Destroying Nature

    • Date: 03/11/17
    • Michael Miersch, German Wildlife Foundation

    Germany’s green energy transition is destroying vast swathes of nature, agricultural lands and forests. In the name of climate policy, rare birds and endangered species are being killed while much of the countryside is transformed into industrial parks. Michael Miersch from the Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung recently gave a talk in the House of Lords about renewable energy’s devastating impact on […]

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  • Smoke, Mirrors and Renewable Energy Costs

    • Date: 01/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The GWPF has recently published data and analysis calling into question claims of falling capital cost in the wind industry. Reports of rising costs for solar panels in India suggest that the widely discussed fall in costs in the photovoltaic sector may also prove to be either temporary or largely illusory.   One of the […]

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  • Energy customers foot the bill for failed climate policy

    • Date: 31/10/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Dr John Constable, GWPF’s Energy Editor, contributed a “Thunderer” column to The Times on the 27th of October 2017  commenting on Professor Helm’s recent study for the UK government on the cost of energy (“Energy customers foot the bill for failed climate policy”). This version includes two links to relevant online documents. Subsidies to renewable […]

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  • Energy Efficiency: Lessons from the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

    • Date: 20/10/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New data on the uptake and application of domestic energy efficiency measures under the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation provides a useful indication of the likely efficacy of such measures. Where the public is permitted choice, and has to pay for the measures, they are not widely adopted; where they are coerced and […]

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  • World’s First Offshore Wind Farm Retires: A Post-Mortem

    • Date: 18/10/17
    • M J Kelly, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    The first-ever offshore wind farm, Vindeby, in Danish waters, is being decommissioned after twenty-five years, DONG Energy has announced.[1] By its nature it was an experiment, and we can now see whether or not is has been a successful alternative to fossil or nuclear-fuelled electricity. Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm (Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association) It consisted of […]

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  • UK Carbon Taxation Post 2020

    • Date: 12/10/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The British government’s Clean Growth Strategy has been published today, and taken as a whole expresses the aspiration to co-ordinate all other economic policy through the general and over-riding goal of reducing CO2 emissions. Alongside much that can be dismissed as risible happy talk, or mere virtue signalling, there is a sketchy but very striking suggestion […]

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