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Switching Off the Power to Keep the Lights Switched On

Starting this winter and continuing for the next four years, the National Grid is planning to offer financial rewards to the UK’s heaviest energy users in return for cutting their consumption at peak times. This latest attempt to fight the electricity capacity crunch will see companies paid £10,000 for every megawatt they commit to sacrificing […]

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The Tightening Screws of Ukraine’s Energy Supply

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated unequivocally that his sole interest is in coming to the aid of and protecting civilians. His plaintive claims are falling on slightly sceptical ears, however; it may be cynical, but in all likelihood the reality is a well-worn truth that has caused innumerable […]

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UK Grid Infrastructure: Not a Leg to Stand On

A staggering 750,000 UK households were hit by power cuts over the festive season, and as nice as a candlelit Christmas may sound, in practice it is at best an inconvenience and at worst a complete nightmare. The situation was so dire for some that energy distributors offered to foot the Christmas dinner bill for […]

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Stoking the Fuel Poverty Fire

It’s been on the back burner for over a year now, but in the last week the heat has been turned up on proposals to redefine fuel poverty. The change would see the official tally for households currently in the category fall from 3.2 million to 2.4 million, almost a third of the original figure, […]

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Taking another look at ECO

The spotlight has been beaming down on green levies over the past few weeks; critics want them removed from consumer energy bills immediately to cut costs, whilst advocates argue that they are vital in the creation of a low carbon energy market. In the most recent turn of events, several energy companies have been accused […]

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How Long Can We Stay Blind to Blackouts?

As an energy specialist, it seems to me that one of the most important points about meeting the energy challenge head-on is that we can’t change those things that we don’t acknowledge. Well, the inevitable has happened: ‘Blackout Britain’ has made its way back into the news as the National Grid announces that this winter […]

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Generate your own Energy

As an energy specialist, it seems to me that one of the most important points about meeting the energy challenge head-on is that we can’t change those things that we don’t acknowledge. Cutting your energy costs in half. Having your own power station. Buying energy at wholesale prices. Coming off the grid. All of this […]

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The Business Case for Sustainability

The very narrowly overturned move that sought to amend the UK Energy Bill with a 2030 decarbonisation target said some interesting, if slightly predictable, things about the state of national politics. It offered yet more proof of the cross-party divisions in approaches to tackling the carbon issue, with several coalition members rebelling against the Government’s […]

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