• Beware The Lure Of Solar Battery Stores

    • Date: 27/04/18
    • Capell Aris, CapX

    Like a murder of crows encircling roadkill, government subsidies are always going to attract some fairly disreputable attention. Businesses big and small, and individuals rich or wannabe rich, will flock to even the hint of a free lunch. It’s just easier than making an honest living. Solar feed-in-tariffs are a case in point. In just […]

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  • Bringing the “Unruly Sun” to Heel: Is Solar Energy Worth the Candle?

    • Date: 24/04/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The wind industry is faltering as the mixed results of the mass deployment of the last twenty years become more widely known, but enthusiasm for solar energy is growing in its place. Is it any more promising? Even some of solar’s more enthusiastic proponents, such as Dr Varun Sivaram, whose new book, Taming the Sun: […]

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  • Is OPEC Underestimating U.S. Shale (Again)?

    • Date: 20/04/18
    • Tsvetana Paraskova, Oilprice.com

    It looks like OPEC and Russia are deliberately overtightening the oil market and won’t call the end of the cuts yet, aiming at higher oil prices and shrugging off (at least in the short term) the potential threats to the oil market balance—a shale surge and possible slower demand growth. The oil production cuts and […]

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  • What Could Have Been – If Nuclear Power Deployment Had Not Been Disrupted

    • Date: 19/04/18
    • Peter A Lang, Centre for Applied Macroeconomics Analysis, Australian National University

    If not for disruption by the anti-nuclear power protest movement the world could have had cheap, reliable, secure, sustainable comparatively safe electricity supply by now (Lang, 2017). The benefits for the global economy and human wellbeing could have been substantial: clean, safe, reliable power supply, 4.2 to 9.5 million lives and 69 to 174 Gt […]

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  • New Study: Battery Storage “Not An Economic Prospect”

    • Date: 16/04/18
    • Global Warming Policy Foundation

    Consumers warned to avoid battery storage for rooftop solar systems London 16 April 2018. Rechargeable batteries are said to be a way to extend the appeal of rooftop solar installations, storing the energy generated during the day for use at night. Home energy storage looks set to become big business: Tesla has already entered the […]

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  • Coal and Oil Prevented US Blackouts this Winter

    • Date: 08/04/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New data and analysis from the US government shows that during the recent Bomb Cyclone storm of late December 2017 and early January this year, the electricity system of the eastern half of the country avoided blackouts only because of increased output from conventional sources, particularly coal and, incredibly enough, oil. The performance of renewables […]

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  • Fracking, Brexit And An Oil And Shale Gas Bonanza

    • Date: 05/04/18
    • Gary K. Busch, Lima Charlie News

    As the U.K. celebrates its final year as part of the European Union, it is standing on the brink of a major boost to its economy and prosperity as it awaits the first economic benefit from its rich oil and gas shales. British exploration and production company Cuadrilla and others have fought a long battle […]

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  • Policies are to Blame for Rising UK Electricity Prices

    • Date: 02/04/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Any doubt that increases in UK electricity prices are the result of energy and climate policies, rather than underlying wholesale energy costs, is firmly set aside by the recent announcement from Opus Energy that it must increase its prices to consumers by 7.5% even to those on Fixed Term contracts because of sharply rising “pass […]

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