• UK Electricity System Under Increasing Stress

    • Date: 08/08/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has just published its Mid-term Adequacy Forecast (MAF) for 2016. It is required reading for anyone interested in the security of European electricity systems. The scope of the study is broad: “The Mid-term Adequacy Forecast (MAF) is a Pan-European assessment of the risks to security […]

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  • Hinkley C And The UK Power Market

    • Date: 29/07/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    No one wants Hinkley C power station, not because nuclear is in itself a flawed technology, but because the electricity market is so distorted by climate policy that it is dangerous for an investor unless offered subsidies that are wildly expensive for the consumer. Discussion should now shift from the folly of this particular deal to the underlying problems that […]

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  • Gambling On The Price Of Gas…

    • Date: 13/07/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK Government has not published a detailed assessment of the effects of its energy and climate policies on electricity prices since November 2014. New work from the National Audit Office shows that falling conventional energy price projections, which increase the relative cost of renewable and nuclear subsidies, make it critical that an update is […]

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  • UK Gas and Electricity Prices in International Context

    • Date: 02/07/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    On the 30th of June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change approved the 5th Carbon Budget and also released a large number of updates to its statistical data sets, including information on gas and electricity prices in the UK and other countries, data that underlines how unwise is the unilateral approach to climate change […]

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  • Brexit: Implications for Energy Policy and Legislation

    • Date: 26/06/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The decision by the British electorate to leave the European Union has major and on balance positive implications for the UK’s energy policy. However, it is also possible that Brexit will increase the cost of EU climate and renewables policies for the remaining members, since the UK’s burden share was large and it was a leading customer […]

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  • John Constable: Climate Policies Based On Renewables Are Counterproductive

    • Date: 08/06/16
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    In an article published today in the Financial Times, Mr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, has observed that natural gas is not expanding within the world energy mix as the IEA had predicted.   Mr Birol cites two reasons: 1. Subdued global economic activity. 2. Political support for renewable energy […]

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  • Is Onshore Wind Really The Cheapest Energy?

    • Date: 07/06/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In remarks publicized over the last few days, a former civil servant at DECC, now the CEO of the wind industry trade lobby, Renewables UK, Hugh McNeal has said that onshore wind is the cheapest form of new generation in Britain, though he went on to add that it was not economic in England, due […]

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  • The Energy Coefficient of the United Kingdom

    • Date: 04/06/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Total primary energy consumption in the United Kingdom has fallen more or less steadily for a decade. This makes climate change targets seem more attainable, but does it bring problems of its own, or is it to be welcomed as a further stage of economic maturation? In 1979 William S. Humphrey and Joe Stanislaw, then at […]

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