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UK Government: ‘eye-watering sums’ needed to keep the lights on

UK Government: ‘eye-watering sums’ needed to keep the lights on

Britain’s Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the UK will need to invest ‘eye-wateringly large sums of money’ just to keep the lights on. Speaking at Treasury Questions yesterday, the Chancellor said that Britain will have to spend as much as £100 billion on new energy infrastructure over the next twenty […]

The £8 trillion cost of renewable baseload power 

The £8 trillion cost of renewable baseload power 

Batteries are often touted as a solution to the ‘intermittence’ of renewables – the fact that you can’t generate power when the wind drops or the sun goes in. With big enough batteries you could store up the power produced on a particularly blustery day, then release it onto the […]

The reality of IEA forecasts

The reality of IEA forecasts

Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) released new forecasts for renewable energy capacity, as part of their Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016.  The forecast has been hailed by some as evidence that renewables are pulling ahead of conventional energy sources. A reality check is needed here. In their most recent […]

Blackout in Australia fuels debate about developed world renewable targets

Blackout in Australia fuels debate about developed world renewable targets

Australia is locked in a heated debate about the country’s energy policies after a state-wide blackout exposed failings in the network. Businesses and homes were left without power and some of the state’s energy supplies are still not back online three weeks later. This week Queensland’s biggest government-owned power generator […]