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When Rome burned, Nero set up a review

Fiddling while Rome burned

News that the government has set up another review into the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is further evidence that neither the UK nor the Welsh governments has even the first inkling of the energy crisis that is set to hit the UK. Anyone taking the slightest interest in …

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Sainsbury’s takes action over UK energy crunch

Sainsburys

“The move by Sainsbury’s is further evidence that the current UK government is on the wrong side of history.” UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has lost faith in the Government’s ability to keep the lights on according to Emily Gosden at the Telegraph: “Paul Crewe, a senior executive at the supermarket …

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Ofgem shares good and bad news on UK energy mix

Aberthaw

The latest Ofgem figures for electricity generation by technology type contain both good and bad news for environmental campaigners. The good news is that total energy generation – which follows consumption patterns – has been trending down since 2008; most probably as a result ofBritain’s sluggish economic performance since the …

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UK frackers still face a barrage of regulation

Fracking Protest

Although the current UK government is bending over backward to facilitate shale gas fracking, there are still many hurdles that energy companies will have to cross if they are even to recover any gas according to Caroline Almond at Natural Law Review: “Despite strong UK Government backing in relation to …

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Urban poor miss out on community energy

Poverty

Delegates at a recent IPPR Community Energy event heard that England’s urban poor were losing out on community energy schemes that were set up to help them. According to Taylor Heyman at Power Technology: “The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) and Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF) were set up in …

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Wales’ Politicians must act on 2 gigawatt energy loss

Power Station by Martin Kelly

A little known – but costly – fact about your electricity bill is that around 20 percent of what you pay is determined by where you live.  This is because energy companies charge customers according to the distance between their home and the power station; this allows the cost of …

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Has the oil glut morphed into something else?

Petrol storage

Following the collapse of the Doha talks to freeze oil production, many analysts had expected oil prices to fall.  In the end, prices remained fairly stable – although still a long way short of their 2014 peak.  One reason why this might have happened is that the oil glut has moved …

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Renewable energy bankruptcies begin

Solar installation

The end of the 2015/16 financial year has seen a wave of insolvencies in the renewable energy sector according to the Yorkshire Post.  The wave of bankruptcies and redundancies are directly attributable to the UK government’s decision to scrap subsidies and impose new taxes on the industry: “According to the …

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