• Shale Revolution Could Trigger Lancashire’s Economic Renaissance

    • Date: 25/09/18
    • Lee Petts, Lancashire Business View

    Lancashire is no stranger to industrial and energy ‘firsts’, and it’s currently on the cusp of another that has more potential to transform the county’s economy than anything else right now: shale gas. By Lee Petts, chairman, Lancashire for Shale Cuadrilla has completed the drilling of the UK’s first horizontal shale gas wells at its Preston […]

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  • Cuadrilla To Start Fracking In England In Weeks

    • Date: 20/09/18
    • Reuters

    LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Shale gas developer Cuadrilla will start fracking at its Preston New Road site in northwest England in the next few weeks, it said on Wednesday as it announced government approval for a second well. Hydraulically fracturing, or fracking, involves extracting gas from rocks by breaking them up with water and […]

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  • Old King Coal Is Back As Gas Costs Rise

    • Date: 19/09/18
    • The Times

    High gas prices have triggered a resurgence in electricity generation from coal as it becomes the cheaper option. Britain could see its first increase in carbon emissions in six years if coal-fired power plants continue to undercut gas ones, according to Imperial College London. Coal plants were the biggest source of electricity as recently as […]

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  • Profits Slump After Company’s Wind Turbines Stopped Turning During Summer Heatwave

    • Date: 13/09/18
    • Daily Mail

    More than £1 billion was wiped off the value of one of Britain’s largest energy suppliers after it admitted its wind turbines ground to a halt during the summer heatwave. SSE, which supplies electricity to 3.8 million households, said profits would be far lower than expected after the warm, still weather dented output from its […]

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  • Plans For New UK Nuclear Power Station On Verge Of Collapse

    • Date: 12/09/18
    • The Times

    Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria are set to move closer to collapse next week, with the company developing the Moorside project expected to confirm that it is laying off the majority of its staff. If a buyer for Nugen cannot be found the planned Moorside plant will be abandoned NUGENERATION LIMITED/PA Nugen, […]

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  • BBC Freezes Out Climate Sceptics

    • Date: 08/09/18
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    “This BBC memo puts in writing what most people have known for the past ten years, which is that anyone sceptical of climate alarmism isn’t allowed on the BBC.” — Benny Peiser The BBC has told staff they no longer need to invite climate-change deniers on to its programmes, suggesting that allowing them to speak […]

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  • UK Coal Plants Surge Back Into The Money

    • Date: 08/09/18
    • ICIS

    Near-ten year highs on winter NBP natural gas prices have pushed coal plants back into contention to take a significant share of the UK’s generation mix over the coming winter. A recent surge in the value of the Winter ’18 clean dark spread – the notional profit margin for coal plants including emissions costs – has pushed […]

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  • Oh Dear: Artificial Intelligence Is Greater Concern Than Climate Change, Says New Head Of British Science Association

    • Date: 06/09/18
    • Sarah Knapton, The Daily Telegraph

    Artificial Intelligence is a greater concern than antibiotic resistance, climate change or terrorism for the future of Britain, the incoming president of the British Science Association has warned. Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of physics and public engagement at the University of Surrey, said the unprecedented technological progress in AI was ‘happening too fast’ without proper scrutiny or […]

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