• Dr Birol’s Melchett Lecture 2017

    • Date: 05/07/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    On the evening of the 4th of July, at an even held in the of the Royal Institution lecture theatre in London, Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, was presented with the Melchett Award of the Energy Institute. He then delivered the Melchett Lecture, “Global Energy Markets and Environment Challenges: Today […]

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  • The Curse of Hinkley Point

    • Date: 27/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The contract for the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power station is so heavily loaded with penalties that the UK government is unlikely to cancel. Rising costs and other project risks, on the other hand, mean that EdF is in no hurry to build it. This results in a stagnant uncertainty that further clouds prospects for […]

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  • The Bank of England’s Response to Climate Change Policies

    • Date: 18/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    By focusing only on risks to carbon intensive assets, whilst ignoring the possibility that current climate policies may be creating malinvestment in renewable energy technologies, the Bank of England is failing in its statutory duty to identify and address risks to the resilience of the UK financial system. The Bank of England is under a […]

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  • The Global Status of Renewable Energy: Taking Stock

    • Date: 12/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    In spite of decades of sustained government support at the global level, wind and solar, the modern renewables on which the future of current climate policy depend, are still only 1% of world Final Energy Consumption. Renewables  The “Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century” (REN21), the secretariat of which is based in Paris, […]

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  • Energy Cost is Why We Disagree About Climate Policy

    • Date: 04/06/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement President Trump has put the burden of proof on those private investors and nation states that believe renewable energy is economically beneficial. Far from being a disaster, this is a step towards a reasonable and spontaneously attractive climate change policy. Like many of those vilified for […]

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  • China Expanding Coal Use By More Than Canada’s Entire Power Capacity

    • Date: 04/06/17
    • Spencer Fernando

    As the hysterical overreaction to the decision of the United States to leave the Paris Accord continues, many global elites are now holding up China as the savior of the “climate” agenda. Because China has said all the “right” things (according to the prevailing political correctness of the elites), about the Paris Accord, some people […]

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  • Producers not Consumers Now Control the UK Electricity System

    • Date: 29/05/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A recent press statement by the United Kingdom’s Transmission System Operator (TSO) shows that the consumer interest is no longer in the driving seat. The system is now run for the convenience and benefit of electricity producers. On Friday afternoon last week National Grid issued a widely reported statement to the effect that at lunchtime […]

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  • Fixing OFGEM, the UK’s Gas and Electricity Regulator

    • Date: 16/05/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    There is likely to be increasing pressure to reform the gas and electricity regulator, Ofgem, which is widely held to have failed in the protection of consumers. This accusation is to a large degree both misguided and unjust. Ofgem is constrained by its Statutory Duties, which were revised by Ed Milliband in 2010 to put […]

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