• Wind Power Economics: Rhetoric and Reality

    • Date: 10/11/20
    • Gordon Hughes, Renewable Energy Foundation

    I have collected data for more than 350 SPVs responsible for wind projects that have filed accounts since 2005. The dataset is unique and provides the basis for a detailed analysis of the actual costs of wind power. The following is the text accompanying the talk given by Professor Gordon Hughes, School of Economics, University […]

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  • Colder weather and low winds expose UK electricity system weakness

    • Date: 06/11/20
    • Dr John Constable, GWPF Energy Editor

    The sudden onset of cold weather has brought more clear evidence that the United Kingdom’s wind-dominated Electricity System is weak and extremely expensive to run. A high pressure system has resulted in unexpectedly low levels of wind power, low temperatures, and higher demand. Consequently, generation margins are low, resulting in repeated System Warnings from National […]

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  • Rupert Darwall: Suckered by Big Wind in the UK

    • Date: 29/10/20
    • Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Energy

    The claim of ‘cheap’ cost is the biggest wind con of all.  Earlier this month, British prime minister Boris Johnson pledged that offshore wind – cheaper than goal and gas, he claimed – would power every home in Britain by 2030. “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole […]

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  • Wisdom of hydrogen called into question

    • Date: 22/10/20
    • Transport Xtra

    The government’s enthusiasm for a hydrogen economy, including for fuelling lorries, buses and trains, will either generate huge quantities of carbon dioxide or come at huge expense, a critic has said.  Writing in The Spectator, Andrew Montford, deputy director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank, said the attractions of hydrogen were “mostly a […]

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  • Hywind, low economics: The cost of floating offshore wind power

    • Date: 16/10/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    Yesterday, I wrote about the financial travails of the Kincardine Floating Windfarm and the eye watering bill that is going to have to be paid for its construction. The cost of floating offshore wind power is, it seems, going to be high. I thought it might be interesting to look at Hywind, the UK’s first […]

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  • Floating windfarm to sink backers?

    • Date: 15/10/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    A megawatt of gas-fired power station comes with a capital cost of perhaps £0.6 million. You can run such a power station flat out – upwards of 90% of the time – giving you very cheap electricity. But of course that’s not what the political establishment has done. Instead, successive governments have promoted renewables. Onshore […]

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  • Daniel Turner: The Limits of Green Energy Confirm the Reality of Fossil Fuels

    • Date: 02/10/20
    • Daniel Turner, Real Clear Energy

    Green is not perfect. Green is not a cure all. Green is not even “green,” and until its proponents are mature enough to get their head out of the world of ideas and plant their feet in the world of reality, green technology will continue to collide with reality: dead birds, land grabs, and in […]

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  • How An American Environmentalist Invented Fracking

    • Date: 17/09/20
    • Daniel Yergin, Marketplace

    In his new book, The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, describes how an environmental entrepreneur drove the rise of fracking technology which changed America’s position in the world.  If you want to get to the beginning of the shale revolution, pick […]

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