Monthly Archives: "January, 2016"

Avoiding Blackouts – The Power Is In Your Hands
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The message is clear – the UK’s energy infrastructure will not be able to support demand by 2025. It is obvious that the Government must take action but responsibility must also lie with energy users to mitigate the risk of blackouts. Businesses must act now to put measures in place that will ensure continuity in the event that power outages become a reality and the risk is a credible one. The UK Government has announced plans to close all coal-fired...

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Further Delay in CMA’s Energy Market Investigation – Will This Ever Deliver Significant Change?
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With widespread publicity regarding overcharging by energy suppliers and poor customer service, it is somewhat disappointing that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it has delayed publication of the provisional remedies following its investigation into the energy market until March 2016. Publication had been due at the end of this month. The CMA has stated that the delay is to allow them more time to consider the responses received in relation to its provisional findings which...

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Is The Government’s Capacity Market A False Economy?
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Energy secretary Amber Rudd has defended the capacity market, revealing it will cost about £10 per household per year to pay for back-up power. Speaking to the House of Commons, Ms Rudd said the capacity market will ensure energy security will never be a question in this government. The question is whether this is a short-sighted resolution to a longer term problem? According to the Government, the capacity market is specifically designed to ensure that energy security is not negotiable....

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Beyond COP21 – What is the Key to Success?
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On 12th December 2015, representatives from 195 countries adopted an historic agreement designed to meet the challenge of global climate change at COP21, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. Driven by the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, participants overcame numerous challenges to achieve consensus on a post-2020 framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol. The question on everyone's mind in the aftermath of the...

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New Technologies Make Onshore Wind Commercially Viable – Why is the UK Leaving it behind?
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The UK Government’s position on renewable technologies is preventing investment in the latest hi-tech turbines which is leaving Britain behind. The UK Government appears to have made a conscious decision to distance itself from onshore wind just as the industry is emerging as a viable contender to other generation methods. The removal of subsidies is obstructing the use of new technology that can significantly reduce costs and is preventing the wind industry from offering one of the cheapest forms...

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