• Divestment and the Future Uses of Oil, Gas and Coal

    • Date: 15/05/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Coal is now only a trace element in the UK’s electricity supply; Saudi Arabia is selling shares in Aramco. Is it all over for fossil fuels? Or have we simply misunderstood where the future utility of these remarkable substances really lies? Over the last year there has been an increasing tendency for climate change activists […]

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  • Renewable Transport Fuel May Be Bad, But It Is Cheap(er)

    • Date: 08/05/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The EU has revealed that because of environmental criticisms there will be no renewable transport fuel component in any Renewables Directive post 2020. But the biomass liquid fuel sources thus driven from the market are relatively cheap, and the renewables for electricity that must take up the slack are comparatively expensive. This new direction increases […]

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  • Energy and the Theory of Growth

    • Date: 01/05/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Energy matters to economic growth and general prosperity, but to what degree? Over the last thirty years a new view of the English ‘Industrial Revolution’ is beginning to take shape that suggests it matters much more than is allowed for in mainstream economics, a development that gives further reason for concern about global attempts to reduce […]

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  • The Collapse of SunEdison

    • Date: 24/04/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Does the failure of SunEdison, which has just filed for bankruptcy in the United States with debts of $16.1bn, tells us anything about the renewable energy in which it invested? Perhaps not, perhaps we should exonerate the technologies and put the blame on financial engineering, which does appear to be one of the great misnomers […]

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  • Energy Efficiency (and Conservation) and Climate Policy Cost

    • Date: 17/04/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The long expected but now manifest failure of the UK government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency schemes, which were predicted to offset the impact of climate policies, combines with low fossil fuel costs to make it essential that the UK government resumes publication of its analysis of the policy impacts on […]

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  • National Grid Summer Outlook

    • Date: 10/04/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK electricity system is facing a difficult, expensive, and possibly rather dirty summer as high output from uncontrollable generators such as wind and solar combines with very low peak and minimum demands, forcing National Grid to take remedial measures that are economically and environmentally undesirable. The UK’s gas and electricity Transmission System Operator (TSO), […]

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  • Climate Policies and the future of Manufacturing

    • Date: 02/04/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The failure of Tata Steel’s fragile UK operations is a salient, early symptom of more general and growing problems in the British economy. Other indicators include falling electricity consumption across all sectors, now at levels not seen since the 1990s (See DECC’s latest update) and weak, near stagnant performance and falling rates of employment in […]

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  • Wind Power Safety in Japan

    • Date: 27/03/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In the wake of a significant number of accidents during storms, the Japanese government is in the process of introducing regulations requiring improved maintenance for wind turbines. The United Kingdom will probably have to consider something similar, partly for reasons of public safety and also to protect what are in effect public assets from owners […]

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