• Southeast Asian Nations Plan Huge Expansion Of Fossil Fuel Economy

    • Date: 26/09/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Actual growth in South East Asian fossil fuel consumption over the last twenty years, and projections of a near doubling of demand by 2040, indicate that developing nations won’t undermine their own development objectives in favour of decarbonisation. On the 22nd of September at the 34th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers of Energy […]

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  • Will Hinkley Point Power Plant Make Enough Money?

    • Date: 19/09/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK government has, after some delays, given approval to Hinkley C nuclear power station. However, and in spite of subsidies intended to offset risks arising from renewables policy, it is still not clear that the project can actually make money. It remains to be seen whether EDF has the courage to proceed. The British […]

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  • The Shale Revolution Keeps Growing

    • Date: 16/09/16
    • J. Winston Porter, Corpus Christ Caller Times

    The importance of our new role as the world’s largest natural gas producer is still only beginning to come into focus. Thanks to the shale revolution, our now vast and inexpensive supply of natural gas is reshaping how we generate electricity, attract many billions of dollars in manufacturing investment and turn the geopolitics of natural […]

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  • Is the British Labour Party Serious about the Environment?

    • Date: 13/09/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is currently campaigning for re-election to the leadership, has released his Energy and Environment manifesto. This document is poorly informed about renewable energy costs and does not describe a viable climate policy. In choosing to privilege principle over practicality Mr Corbyn has offered the Conservative government a considerable […]

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  • National Grid, Security of Supply, and the Consumer Interest

    • Date: 03/09/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A new study by two former, and highly regarded senior National Grid employees, has reanalysed NG’s recent Future Energy Scenarios (July 2016) to reveal the very poor prospects for security of electricity supply in the United Kingdom over the next decade. So late in the day, there can now be no cheap remedy for this […]

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  • Investors Confront Tesla’s Energy Fantasy

    • Date: 25/08/16
    • Robert Bradley Jr., Forbes

    Tesla is redefining “too big to fail” as “politically correct, so bail.” Earlier this summer, SolarCity, Elon Musk’s rooftop solar company, appeared to be headed toward bankruptcy. So it shocked investors everywhere when Musk’s other brainchild, Tesla Motors, itself struggling, announced plans to acquire the struggling panel maker and installer. “Tesla Talks Big, Falls Short,” […]

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  • Offshore Wind, Intermittency, and Electricity Storage

    • Date: 17/08/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    There is excitement in one prominent part of the UK press regarding the prospects for a new generation of low-cost offshore wind, and for a near-term breakthrough in electricity storage. Is this justified, or just wishful thinking? The upbeat tone of two recent articles by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, one on the promise of electricity storage technologies and […]

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  • UK Electricity System Under Increasing Stress

    • Date: 08/08/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has just published its Mid-term Adequacy Forecast (MAF) for 2016. It is required reading for anyone interested in the security of European electricity systems. The scope of the study is broad: “The Mid-term Adequacy Forecast (MAF) is a Pan-European assessment of the risks to security […]

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