• Andrew Montford: An ill wind for hard-up electricity users

    • Date: 17/01/21
    • Andrew Montford, The Conservative Woman

    Last Wednesday the wind died, and Britain’s fleet of thousands of wind turbines mostly stopped turning. The engineers at National Grid had seen the problem coming: temperatures and wind speeds had been low all week, and were forecast to fall further. Their response was to issue a ‘margin notice’ – a warning to generators that […]

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  • Dominic Lawson: The rush to ‘Net Zero’ will most harm those Boris Johnson pledged to prioritise

    • Date: 10/01/21
    • Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

    Of the 10 million jobs threatened by the UK government’s Net Zero commitment, far and away the greatest concentration are in ‘red wall’ constituencies. You think the government’s policies over Covid-19 have been confused and contradictory? Compared with those it is pursuing in the field of energy and industry, they have been a model of […]

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  • A low-carbon quota for the Capacity Market

    • Date: 08/01/21
    • Bruno Prior

    This is the third part of Bruno Prior’s review of Policy Exchange’s report on net zero. The first part was on PX’s proposals for local electricity pricing and the second was on their proposed changes to the contracts for difference regime. In this final article, Bruno looks at their proposals for a low-carbon Capacity Market […]

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  • Tim Newark: Woke are a lynch mob looking for someone to burn and a culture to cancel

    • Date: 06/01/21
    • Tim Newark, Daily Express

    Like a rampaging horde hunting down anyone who dares to speak out is how comedian Rowan Atkinson describes the curse of cancel culture. This week he called it the “digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn.” Social media has only fanned this lynch mob attitude against free speech. […]

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  • The secret costs of Boris Johnson’s crazy Net Zero agenda

    • Date: 05/01/21
    • John Constable, The Conservative Woman

    We are on the edge of the most radical rebasing of our economy since the Industrial Revolution and we don’t know, and to an alarming degree we are not being allowed to know, whether it is a good idea. IF AN elected government were embarking on a multi-generational transformation of the country’s society and economy, […]

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  • Rupert Darwall: China’s green NGO climate propaganda enablers

    • Date: 22/12/20
    • Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Energy

    Climate change is a national security threat – but not in the way the national security elite assumes. Shortly before the Soviet Union collapsed, Greenpeace opened an office in Moscow. It enjoyed the patronage of a leading member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and enjoyed Kremlin funding, laundered through a state-owned record company. The […]

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  • The long road to EV competitiveness

    • Date: 21/12/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    Battery prices have fallen, but EVs are nowhere near price parity A few days ago Bloomberg New Energy Finance published a graph suggesting that the long trend of falls in the price of batteries for electric vehicles has now bottomed out. However, BNEF says that battery pack prices are going to fall further from today’s […]

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  • It’s a fix – part 1

    • Date: 17/12/20
    • Bruno Prior

    Local electricity pricing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be “Market failure” often means “market outcomes I don’t like”, and “market improvement” often means “skewing markets to try to make them produce outcomes that I approve of [/in my interest]”. Unless the market improvement is removing obstacles to voluntary exchange, it reduces efficiency by definition, […]

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