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Smart meter roll out dropped

Smart Meter

Britain’s hi-tech clean energy future was going to be built around a smart grid of interconnected household and business smart meters.  Connected up to smart equipment like domestic heaters and freezers, the smart grid would enable National Grid operators to balance supply and demand by remotely operating the equipment; for …

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Adding hot air to global warming

disused cars

Make way for yet another tedious round of green virtue signalling as people who should know better celebrate the UK government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars.  At first glance, it sounds like a great idea.  The billions of cars and vans around the world that pump out noxious …

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The distinct whiff of ministerial greenwash

Solar Power

Green virtue signalling has become so prominent that even Tory ministers are getting in on the act.  Today, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark will announce a new Industrial Strategy that, apparently, aims to power the UK economy with solar panels. What’s not to like? Except, of course, that this …

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Smart meter roll out derailed

Smart meter

Depending on who you believe, smart meters are either an essential weapon in the fight against climate change or a sinister means of over-charging and disconnecting poorer households.  The truth probably lies somewhere in between.  Nevertheless, according to the UK government, “Smart meters are here — and they put you …

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Fracking companies in trouble as investment dries up

Crash

Despite the upbeat propaganda put out by the fracking companies and repeated by the mainstream media, UK frackers are in serious trouble. In response to a freedom of information request by independent journalist Russell Scott, the UK government has released papers that show that the industry is unable to secure …

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Falling Net Energy destroys fossil fuels *and* green energy

Tar sands

While businesses and journalists readily understand (and often misunderstand) the idea of return on investment (“there is no magic money tree”) they seldom make the intellectual leap to apply the concept to the far more important area of energy.  Currency, after all, really can be printed out of thin air …

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In Britain, unprofitable fracking is green energy

Green electricity relies on inertia

Renewable energy is usually presented as the sensible alternative to domestic (fracking) gas.  However, in Britain at least, the two are essential components of the same suite of technologies.  This is because of the poor choices made by the UK government that force solar and wind energy to go hand …

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Not so renewable Britain

Fossil fuel

Read the headlines and you could be forgiven for laughing in the face of climate change and resource depletion.  Renewable energy, it seems, will win the day.  Take this example by Ian Johnston in the Independent: “Renewable energy is a mainstream technology, which is cheaper and more advanced than ever. …

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Cuadrilla responds to financial pressures

Cuadrilla financial problem

Just months Cuadrilla’s CEO Francis Egan raised questions about the profitability of UK fracking; he has taken an axe to the company’s finances.  According to Jillian Ambrose in the Telegraph: “Cuadrilla has cut deep into its spending and reduced its workforce by a fifth to stem its mounting losses… “The …

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