Category: Politics

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Policy communities: small world, big deal

By OSCAR FITCH-ROY Climate change is kind of a big deal. It will affect all life on the planet in some way. The precise details (on a scale of bad to unthinkable) depend on...

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Wind farms: Britain’s offshore boom is concentrating power in the hands of a few very large developers

By Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group, 11th Sept 2017 The price of offshore wind continues to fall dramatically. The UK government’s latest round of contracts for renewable generation have just been announced, and they show...

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Labour’s energy manifesto isn’t about nationalisation, so what does it really say?

Guest Blog from: Stephen Hall, Research Fellow in energy economics and policy, University of Leeds Headlines claiming that the Labour manifesto means a re-nationalisation of the energy sector are wrong. So what does it...

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Brexit and energy: what future for UK-EU energy cooperation?

Brexit and energy: what future for UK-EU energy cooperation? Written by:  Antony Froggatt and Georgina Wright from Chatham House and Matthew Lockwood from the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. The UK’s...

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Could 2016 be the year the Big Six become a memory?

DOMINIC MACLAINE According to the BBC website the price of Brent oil crude has fallen to under $28 a barrel before recovering to trade at $28.36. As a result of the falling price of...

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Committees and hot air – is there a global warming link?

Dominic Maclaine After lengthy sessions negotiators at the latest COP21 (Conference Of Parties) meeting in Paris to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reached agreement on a new Protocol text aimed at...

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State of the Energy Union: we need clear targets & effective governance

State of the Energy Union Review Highlights the Need for Clear Targets and Effective Governance on the EU and Member State Level This blog links to a more detailed working paper: A Comparison of the...

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Too cheap to meter? – I don’t think so!

Dominic Maclaine The output of nuclear power is ‘too cheap to meter’. This is a quote often attributed to the Central Electricity Board’s Walter Marshall but it was actually the US’s Lewis Strauss of...

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