• Is Small Nuclear Beautiful?

    • Date: 20/03/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Confidence in large-scale nuclear is ebbing in the United Kingdom. Can small-scale projects rescue this technology, and with it ambitions for a low-carbon economy? Perhaps, but government support, such as that announced this week, is an ambiguous blessing. The troubles facing nuclear generation, as argued in a previous post, may simply be a feature of […]

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  • How Dead is Nuclear Energy?

    • Date: 13/03/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The troubled near future of nuclear electricity generation in the United Kingdom is now plain to all. In spite of subsidies, Electricité de France (EdF), is not confident that it can obtain a return on capital investment in a new power station at Hinkley in Somerset, and by implication at its sister site, Sizewell C, […]

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  • Reform Of National Grid

    • Date: 06/03/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Rumoured reforms of National Grid’s role in the UK electricity market are long overdue, and could benefit consumers by removing the conflicts of interest that result from a company simultaneously owning the grid and also acting as the Transmission System Operator (TSO). This might also address the current and surprising lack of any party responsible for […]

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  • European Subsidies to Chinese Industries

    • Date: 28/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Chinese wind turbine and solar manufacturers are increasingly dominant in the world markets, something that the EU did not fully anticipate when drawing up its policies. Indeed, in 2008, in modeling the impact of the Renewables Directive of 2009 its consultants dismissed as unlikely the “pessimistic export” scenario for Europe’s wind and solar industries. This was questionable […]

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  • Was the UK’s Clean Energy Shift of the 1990s Killed by EU Policies?

    • Date: 21/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In the last decade of the 20th Century the UK seemed to be moving firmly towards a cleaner energy sector, with higher consumption of gas for electricity and heating, and an increasing levels of electrification, but this very positive transition appears to have stalled in last two decades, partly as the result of market distortions […]

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  • Security Of Energy Supply In The United Kingdom

    • Date: 18/02/16
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    Britain has lost over 15.4 GW  of dispatchable electricity generating capacity in the last five years, with no equivalent replacement; this has resulted in especially tight capacity margins. • Carbon taxes are now over £18 per tonne, over four times higher than prices in the rest of Europe. Alongside other climate change legislation, this is forcing […]

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  • Sir David King and the International Energy Agency

    • Date: 14/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change of the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, has called on the International Energy Agency (IEA) to make ‘defossilisation’ of the world economy a central part of the way the IEA operates. The last thing that any sensible person would want is for the IEA to become yet […]

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  • DECC Must Resume Publication of Policy Price Impacts

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

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to form a reasoned view of the cost impacts of energy and climate policies in the United Kingdom, and government is not helping the situation, since it no longer publishes the fine details of its own estimates. Admittedly, the situation is extremely confusing. Falling fossil-fuel prices, led by oil, and […]

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