• Was the UK’s Clean Energy Shift of the 1990s Killed by EU Policies?

    • Date: 21/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In the last decade of the 20th Century the UK seemed to be moving firmly towards a cleaner energy sector, with higher consumption of gas for electricity and heating, and an increasing levels of electrification, but this very positive transition appears to have stalled in last two decades, partly as the result of market distortions […]

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  • Security Of Energy Supply In The United Kingdom

    • Date: 18/02/16
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    Britain has lost over 15.4 GW  of dispatchable electricity generating capacity in the last five years, with no equivalent replacement; this has resulted in especially tight capacity margins. • Carbon taxes are now over £18 per tonne, over four times higher than prices in the rest of Europe. Alongside other climate change legislation, this is forcing […]

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  • Sir David King and the International Energy Agency

    • Date: 14/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change of the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, has called on the International Energy Agency (IEA) to make ‘defossilisation’ of the world economy a central part of the way the IEA operates. The last thing that any sensible person would want is for the IEA to become yet […]

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  • DECC Must Resume Publication of Policy Price Impacts

    • Date: 07/02/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to form a reasoned view of the cost impacts of energy and climate policies in the United Kingdom, and government is not helping the situation, since it no longer publishes the fine details of its own estimates. Admittedly, the situation is extremely confusing. Falling fossil-fuel prices, led by oil, and […]

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  • Electricity System Costs in the UK, Denmark, and Germany

    • Date: 31/01/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    On the 27th of January last week the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the conclusion of the latest auctions for Demand Side Response, one of several transitional instruments currently being used ahead of the introduction of the Capacity Mechanism, to address tight margins of electricity generation over peak load. 803 MW of […]

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