• 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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  • Forget this Spin Too: Solar PV is not on the Brink of Being Subsidy Free

    • Date: 26/09/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Hot on the heels of the uncritical media fuss around the recent Contracts for Difference awarded to offshore wind (for comment see “Forget the Spin: Offshore wind costs are not falling”) comes an equally misleading set of headlines falsely claiming that Solar Photovoltaic generation is on the brink of operating without market distortions and coercions. […]

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  • Unwinding Failing Renewables Policies

    • Date: 05/09/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Brazil has started the process of cancelling contracts for wind and solar projects in an overheated market facing falling electricity demand. European governments should be making contingency plans for the similar necessities. Global news about renewable energy development is generally positive, a fact that is in itself surprising and sufficient to arouse interest if not […]

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  • German Wind Energy Market “Threatening To Implode”

    • Date: 30/08/17
    • P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone

    “In the next two years we will see a substantial collapse in the installation of new wind parks in Germany.” While Germany likes to fancy itself as being among the “global leaders” in tackling climate change by expanding green energies, the country has in fact taken very little action recently to back up the appearances. If […]

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  • Katrina, Rita And Harvey Tell Shale’s Story

    • Date: 29/08/17
    • Liam Denning, Bloomberg

    The shift away from the hurricane-prone waters of the Gulf of Mexico means even a catastrophic event like Harvey now has little impact on oil and gas pricing. The shocking images of Houston’s freeways transformed into waterways by the deluge of Hurricane Harvey call to mind similar footage of the floods unleashed on the Gulf coast by Hurricanes […]

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  • Is the European Commission Waking up to Electricity Consumer Pain?

    • Date: 25/08/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Specialists have long known that the system management cost of even medium and certainly higher levels of non-despatchable renewable electricity, such as wind and solar, was no less important in magnitude than the income support subsidies required to motivate capital investment in the generating equipment. General awareness of this fact is now rising, and the […]

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  • Shale Forever? A Near Infinite Energy Resource

    • Date: 18/08/17
    • David Blackmon, Forbes

    “We should view the Permian Shale Basin as a permanent resource. The Permian is best viewed as a near infinite resource – we will never produce the last drop of economic oil from the Basin.” Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at DrillingInfo, Inc., is not a man who minces words, an attribute that has […]

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