• BP’s New Solar Venture

    • Date: 18/12/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    BP’s return to the solar sector, as a developer of solar power stations, rather than a manufacturer of panels, is further evidence that the renewable sector, even at its most potentially interesting, is less a technology business and more the securing of entitlements to land development rights, grid connection, market infeed and supported or guaranteed […]

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  • Electric Vehicles and Climate Policies

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

    The pace at which transport is electrified is deeply uncertain, but, in spite of apparent excitement in government circles, departmental expectations for reduction in oil demand resulting from electrification are moderate up until 2030, with great uncertainty thereafter. Part of this uncertainty results from the unknown speed at which Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) will develop, something […]

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  • New U.S. Tax Reform Threatens Wind Subsidy Farmers

    • Date: 06/12/17
    • Lisa Linowes, MasterResource

    The Senate tax bill that passed last weekend could spell an end to the massive green wealth-transfer program. After 25-years of subsidy-driven financing, the wind industry is entirely reliant on tax-equity investors, willing to accept tax credits in return for funding a significant percentage of their project costs. Tax equity now accounts for up to 60% of […]

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  • The United Kingdom’s Budget 2017 in Global Context

    • Date: 25/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The latest release of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (2017), and the UK government’s Autumn Budget (2017) are recriprocally illuminating. The global context revealed in the WEO’s data, but not in its commentary, explains in part the Budget’s retrenchment on renewable electricity subsidies. The stern reluctance of the Budget to increase spending on renewables […]

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  • Subsidies to Electricity Generation in the United States

    • Date: 15/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A new white paper from the “Full Cost of Electricity” research programme at the University of Texas at Austin provides valuable empirical information on the scale and character of Federal government subsidies and other support mechanisms to electricity generators in the United States. The study reveals that levels of support per unit of renewable electricity […]

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  • New Data Confirms Offshore Wind Costs Are Rising Not Falling

    • Date: 08/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New data relating to the sale of a 50% share in the Walney Offshore Wind Farm extension project confirms the conclusions of the GWPF’s recent study, Offshore Wind Strike Prices: Behind the Headlines (2017): offshore wind capital costs are not falling, and appear to be rising due to the costs of construction in deeper water.   […]

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  • Truly Green? How Germany’s ‘Energy Transition’ Is Destroying Nature

    • Date: 03/11/17
    • Michael Miersch, German Wildlife Foundation

    Germany’s green energy transition is destroying vast swathes of nature, agricultural lands and forests. In the name of climate policy, rare birds and endangered species are being killed while much of the countryside is transformed into industrial parks. Michael Miersch from the Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung recently gave a talk in the House of Lords about renewable energy’s devastating impact on […]

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  • Smoke, Mirrors and Renewable Energy Costs

    • Date: 01/11/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The GWPF has recently published data and analysis calling into question claims of falling capital cost in the wind industry. Reports of rising costs for solar panels in India suggest that the widely discussed fall in costs in the photovoltaic sector may also prove to be either temporary or largely illusory.   One of the […]

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