• The Future of Fossil Fuels: Dark or Bright?

    • Date: 07/02/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    BP’s recent Energy Outlook 2017 has given the impression to some journalists, Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph for example, that the oil giant sees fossil fuels in a hopeless long term struggle with a renewable energy steamroller squeezing the life out of all others through sheer competitive advantage. However, careful reading of a key chart […]

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  • Fritz Vahrenholt: Germany’s Energiewende — A Disaster In The Making

    • Date: 25/01/17
    • Professor Fritz Vahrenholt

    In 2012, I had the pleasure of delivering the GWPF annual lecture at the Royal Society. I described the Energiewende of the German government – its plan to transition to a low-carbon energy supply – in the aftermath of the tsunami catastrophe at Fukushima. At that time, Germany’s conservative/liberal government had decided to dismantle 19 nuclear power […]

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  • Electricity and the UK’s “Industrial Strategy”

    • Date: 23/01/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK Government has today released its much trailed Green Paper, a consultation document, on Building our Industrial Strategy. No substantial revisions to the UK’s energy and climate policies are proposed. The continuing downward trend in UK electricity consumption suggests that this may be a mistake and a missed opportunity In its Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, government proposes […]

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  • Tidal Lagoons Are Uneconomic

    • Date: 12/01/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Mr Hendry’s report implicitly recommending that the UK government support the £1.3 billion Swansea Tidal Lagoon project presumably moves the scheme one step closer to realisation. However, the headline facts show that there is no justification for compelling UK consumers to de-risk the scheme for its projectors. The principal and overwhelming disadvantage of most renewable […]

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  • Andy Shaw: Fracking Is The Future

    • Date: 11/01/17

    We need to remake the case for progress and plenty. A retired vicar from Lancashire, Reverend Michael Roberts, has scored a small victory for human progress. He challenged the myths promoted by environmentalist campaigners, Friends of the Earth (FoE), and won. The battle began when Roberts happened upon an FoE leaflet, which fell out of […]

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  • Subsidies to Renewables: Lessons from Northern Ireland’s Renewable Heat Fiasco

    • Date: 06/01/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Students of subsidy mechanisms will learn a great deal from the Northern Ireland’s collapsing version of the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is now collapsing in a storm of political controversy. The Northern Ireland RHI (NIRHI), was modelled on the RHI applying elsewhere in the UK, and introduced in 2012 to encourage the uptake of renewable […]

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  • The Social Cost of Carbon

    • Date: 17/12/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is the single most important tool in evaluating the effectiveness of climate change mitigation policies, such as subsidies to renewables. However, the UK government has quietly ceased to use this measurement, almost certainly because after a decade of subsidy the policy cost per tonne saved is still greatly in […]

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  • UK Capacity Market Auction Results

    • Date: 09/12/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The publication of auction results for the latest round of the Capacity Market in the UK for 2020/21 have been released. The market cleared at a price of £22.50/kW, somewhat up on the last round’s £18/kW, implying total consumer costs in this round amounting to approximately £2bn. It was long a criticism of the UK’s New […]

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