• 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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  • Hinkley C And The UK Power Market

    • Date: 29/07/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    No one wants Hinkley C power station, not because nuclear is in itself a flawed technology, but because the electricity market is so distorted by climate policy that it is dangerous for an investor unless offered subsidies that are wildly expensive for the consumer. Discussion should now shift from the folly of this particular deal to the underlying problems that […]

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  • Gambling On The Price Of Gas…

    • Date: 13/07/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK Government has not published a detailed assessment of the effects of its energy and climate policies on electricity prices since November 2014. New work from the National Audit Office shows that falling conventional energy price projections, which increase the relative cost of renewable and nuclear subsidies, make it critical that an update is […]

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  • UK Gas and Electricity Prices in International Context

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

    On the 30th of June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change approved the 5th Carbon Budget and also released a large number of updates to its statistical data sets, including information on gas and electricity prices in the UK and other countries, data that underlines how unwise is the unilateral approach to climate change […]

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  • Brexit: Implications for Energy Policy and Legislation

    • Date: 26/06/16
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The decision by the British electorate to leave the European Union has major and on balance positive implications for the UK’s energy policy. However, it is also possible that Brexit will increase the cost of EU climate and renewables policies for the remaining members, since the UK’s burden share was large and it was a leading customer […]

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  • John Constable: Climate Policies Based On Renewables Are Counterproductive

    • Date: 08/06/16
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    In an article published today in the Financial Times, Mr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, has observed that natural gas is not expanding within the world energy mix as the IEA had predicted.   Mr Birol cites two reasons: 1. Subdued global economic activity. 2. Political support for renewable energy […]

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