• The Opportunity Cost of Renewables Investment

    • Date: 12/04/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In a statement announcing the latest round of auctions for Contracts for Difference the UK government has reported capital investment of £52 billion in renewable electricity generation over the period from 2010 to the present day, which implies an average capital cost of about £2.5m/MW, five times the cost of Combined Cycle Gas Turbines. This […]

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  • The Rising Trend of UK Industrial Electricity Prices

    • Date: 02/04/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The emerging trend in UK electricity prices to industry confirms civil service advice to Mr Blair, which he ignored, that the EU Renewables Directive (2009) would disadvantage the UK relative to other members of the European Union. If the Industrial Strategy is to succeed, the Renewables Directive will have to be repealed, post-Brexit, and immediate […]

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  • Is the UK Government Concealing ‘Very High’ Renewables System Cost Estimates?

    • Date: 27/03/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    After an unexplained delay of a year since completion the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published (24.03.17) a report by Frontier Economics on the total system costs of uncontrollably variable renewable generators, a topic of crucial importance in understanding the cost-effectiveness of current climate policies. The study is not only […]

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  • Does Government Really Expect 24% of UK Electricity to be Imported in 2025?

    • Date: 18/03/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New UK government projections of capacity and supply suggest that interconnection and electricity imports must grow by over 300% by 2025 if demand is to be met. While imports are not in themselves to be feared, it is worrying that government appears to be using assumptions about interconnection as a free parameter to paper over […]

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  • Green Energy Costs to Double, Committee on Climate Change Reveals

    • Date: 17/03/17
    • Harry Wilkinson, Global Warming Policy Forum

    The latest assessment of green energy costs by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), was reported yesterday by the BBC couched in doublethink worthy of 1984. They announced, just as five of the big six energy providers raised prices by between 7-10%, that ‘Britain’s low carbon energy revolution is actually saving money for households’. Nothing could be further […]

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  • Industrial Strategy or Political Tactics?

    • Date: 06/03/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The House of Commons committee responsible for scrutinising the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has just published its first review of the government’s flagship “Industrial Strategy”. While critical of the Secretary of State’s approach, the Committee’s own analysis seems to suffer from the same fundamental faults; it focuses on tactical measures that have short-run […]

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  • Energy Return and Economic Planning

    • Date: 22/02/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A recent academic paper suggested that the Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROEI) of Solar Photovoltaic in northern latitudes was actually less than unity, in other words that the technology was a net energy consumer. In response, another paper argued that it was probably in the region of 7 to 10. Read together the papers […]

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  • Dash For Gas — And Move On From Nuclear Power Folly

    • Date: 17/02/17
    • Neil Collins, Financial Times

    If an industry cannot finance itself after decades, it’s time to try another industry Remember “Nuclear power? No thanks”? That sunny, smiling sticker which was almost standard on the back of every Citroen Deux-Chevaux? How we smiled at such naivety. Nuclear power was the future! The fume-belching little 2CV may have gone the way of […]

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