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A gloomy week ahead for the “oil industry’s Davos”

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Oil industry insiders from around the world will come together in Houston Texas this week for the annual IHS CERAWeek conference – often dubbed the “energy industry Davos.”  And with the heady days of $140 a barrel oil a long way back in the rear view mirror; the mood is …

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Europe Follows Amber Rudd on a Dash for Gas… but at what cost?

EU Energy Union

The European Commission’s Energy Strategy published on Tuesday is heavily reliant upon imported gas for the next twenty years.  Although the document claims to be about “energy security”, like the policies adopted by the UK government, the strategy leaves the European Union dangerously exposed to disrupted supplies from Russia, Libya …

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Nuclear Power Use-By Date Extension

Heysham Nuclear Plant

Nuclear power operator EDF is to extend the operational lives of four of its UK nuclear power stations.  Heysham 1 and Hartlepool will continue to operate until 2024, while Heysham 2 and Torness will run until at least 2030. The reasons for the extension are threefold.  First, inspection of the …

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Former Minister Raises Energy Security Concerns

Gas storage tanks

Charles Hendry, who served as Minister of State for energy between 2010 and 2012, has hit out at complacency over the decline of North Sea gas production and the UK’s increasing dependence upon imported gas from Russia and the Middle East. In 2012, disrupted supply from Russia to Ukraine had …

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It’s lights out for the UK

Power Station by Martin Kelly

Government energy policy has been called into question in a new report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Recent government policy changes have done a great deal to lower energy supply.  With the North Sea gas fields in terminal decline, the UK already imports, more than 40 percent of its …

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Even more energy insanity from Amber Rudd

There has never been a state handout that the Tories didn’t love… except of course those that favour the poor.  This is why, among the raft of cuts to benefits and public services that are forcing the most vulnerable into penury, they cut the “Green Deal” that aimed both to …

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Guess who just called time on Tory energy policies…

You won’t have seen this widely reported in mainstream media, but leading UK businesses have expressed growing alarm about the insanity of a government energy policy based almost entirely on the hope (it is no more than that) that it will be possible to produce more than a few months’ supply …

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What US fracking could learn from Welsh coal

title image on coal and fracking

As a young man I occasionally haunted the Great Western Hotel, located next to Cardiff Central railway station.  At that time, the walls of the back bar were adorned with photographs of old Cardiff.  Among these photographs was an image of Cardiff Bay just before the outbreak of the First …

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The Madness of Amber Rudd

Image of the madness of Amber Rudd

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to gamble Britain’s future on gas has shocked energy experts and climate campaigners alike.  The decision to replace the UK’s coal-fired power stations with 25 new gas-fired power stations is the latest in a string of environmentally-destructive policies rolled out by the Conservatives since …

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The UK’s next crisis?

Hardly anyone under 50 can remember the last time the UK had less energy than it needed.  Power cuts in the 1970s, were the result of the dispute between the miners and the Heath government.  And while disruptive, the introduction of the “three-day-week” gave a degree of stability, allowing businesses …

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