Category Archives: Low carbon energy

David Cameron’s EU performance tomorrow is more important to the UK’s future than the Budget

This post was written with Nick Mabey, chief executive of E3G. It first appeared on BusinessGreen. Who says politics is short term? Tomorrow David Cameron and Europe’s other premiers will debate the shape of the region’s economy in 2030. They’ll … Continue reading

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Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

This post is by Matthew Lockwood, a senior research fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU … Continue reading

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Why is the coalition keeping the coal fires burning?

This post is by Stephen Tindale, climate and energy consultant and associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform. It was first published on Climate Answers. In the 20th century, the British political party which supported the coal industry was … Continue reading

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Why a non-binding renewable energy target could mean more power to the EU

This post is by Clive Bates, director of Counterfactual Consulting and Advocacy. On 27 January, the European Commission published its 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies.  There were two attention grabbers: a target to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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Community energy comes of age

This post is by Rebecca Willis, independent adviser on environment and sustainability and Green Alliance associate, working with us on our Climate Leadership Programme. Poll after poll shows that community energy projects, whether co-operatively owned renewables or local energy action … Continue reading

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The UK’s curious crusade against a new renewable energy target

It’s rare to find a government policy which visibly annoys studiously neutral mandarins, but I now regularly encounter energetic rejection of renewable energy targets by senior officials. Targets are considered an affront to rational thinking, a source of extra cost … Continue reading

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Let’s follow Germany with a renewable gas strategy instead of fracking

This post is by Dr Bruce Tofield, associate consultant at the Adapt Low Carbon Group, University of East Anglia. In launching Next steps for shale production, energy minister Michael Fallon said that fracking “is an exciting prospect, which could bring … Continue reading

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Green levy cuts could threaten good energy market competition

This post is by Caroline Julian, head of research at the independent think tank ResPublica. The government’s announcement to reduce energy bills by an average of £50 per household per year will temporarily be a welcome relief, but only for customers … Continue reading

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Gone with the wind? Has £18 billion of offshore wind investment vanished forever?

While people were digesting the announcement of the latest strike prices for renewable energy, the Treasury was also releasing its latest update of the infrastructure pipeline. This reported substantially lower spending on investment in offshore wind energy up to 2020, partly … Continue reading

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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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