Category: Politics

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Auctions – The myth of market forces

Oscar Fitch-Roy The renewable-energy industry’s attitude towards auctions has gradually shifted from outright resistance to grudging acceptance.But love them or loathe them, renewable-energy auctions are here to stay. Auction-based systems, also known as tenders,...

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Are they that easily bamboozled?

Dominic Maclaine Sometimes it seems better just not to mention it. If you ignore it and concentrate on the colour that the walls are painted and ask for advice on that some people will...

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Social capital: a key ingredient of energy system transformation

Iain Soutar   In the month since the Tories won the right to form a majority government, there is still speculation around what the impact to energy policy will be. Taking the helm at...

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Will the SNP be a new thorn in Cameron’s side?

Dominic Maclaine Although he played not particularly frightening Draculas in a number of films, one of his scariest roles was in ‘the Wicker Man’ where he played the head of a Scottish cult who...

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Scotland breaks Labour’s back

The outright Tory election win has nonplussed liberals everywhere. Although Labour has seen its share of the vote rise  that  hasn’t been reflected in an increase in the number of seats it has gained....

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A Long and Tortuous Road

Dominic Maclaine It has taken a long time coming. Twenty or so years ago being Green was seen as the remit of a very vocal few such as Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth....

Squaring the circle 0

Squaring the circle

Energy, or rather the size of energy bills, has become a hot topic for political parties. With an election looming they are now doing their best to use energy policy to win votes. The...

Looming election fuels blogosphere chatter 0

Looming election fuels blogosphere chatter

With a General Election imminent there has been a sharp rise in internet chatter on energy – viz. the low wholesale price plus the  high level of domestic prices and the massive margins that...

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