Category Archives: Energy demand

Sub-category to Low Carbon Energy

Why politicians are ducking responsibility for bringing down energy bills

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The current ‘green crap’ debate is a dispiriting failure of political leadership on energy. Not because it’s wrong to focus on reducing the burden of high energy bills on consumers, but because the solution … Continue reading

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Avoiding an energy civil war

This essay, by Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, also appears in Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open market, published last week by Green Alliance. There are similar collections under ‘Green social democracy’ and ‘Green liberalism’ projects as part … Continue reading

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The triple benefit of an ambitious energy efficiency programme

This post is by Will Straw, associate director for climate change, energy and transport at IPPR. It is taken from the collection of essays, published today by Green Alliance, Green social democracy: better homes in better places.  This pamphlet, alongside similar collections on ‘Green liberalism’ … Continue reading

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The government wants a community energy revolution in the UK, but what’s needed for it to happen?

During community energy fortnight, which ended on Sunday, groups around the country showcased impressive projects and ideas. You could have visited a hydro scheme in Stockport, or learned about community heating in Oxfordshire, participated in an energy saving workshop in … Continue reading

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Talk is cheap: why the gap between rhetoric and reality in the coalition’s infrastructure policy matters

This post by Green Alliance’s chief economist Julian Morgan. It first appeared on the New Statesman economics blog. Ministers should not be under any illusion that public spending on high carbon projects offers a quick economic fix. Amid all the headlines about the … Continue reading

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Will the UK’s electricity market reform deliver investment?

Around 100 representatives from across the energy policy field joined Ed Davey, at a Green Alliance debate on Monday, to discuss the final stages of the somewhat tortuous process of reforming the UK’s electricity sector. The main question asked was whether … Continue reading

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How to switch the UK on to heat pumps

Heat is responsible for a third of carbon emissions and around half of the energy we use in the UK. Whilst there is a range of views about how to achieve the deep cuts needed in carbon emissions from heating, all … Continue reading

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How to ensure investment in energy efficiency…and how not to

The government is looking at ways for the forthcoming Energy Bill not only to drive investment in new sources of low carbon power but also to pay for much needed investment in energy efficiency. There are different ways this could be done but … Continue reading

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Gas from Norway, coal from Russia: eight graphs on the UK energy system

This post by Robin Webster was first published on The Carbon Brief The UK’s dependence on energy imports has increased to its highest level since 1976, according to statistics released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Here’s … Continue reading

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Can wine, quizzes and advice help reduce people’s energy use?

This is a guest post by Graham Smith, professor of politics at the University of Westminster, and principal investigator of a project on community-based initiatives for energy saving.  It’s a widely held assumption on the part of policy-makers and activists that community … Continue reading

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