Category Archives: energy costs

The latest from the BP statistical review

The latest from the BP statistical review.  Its that time of year when the BP statistical review comes out.  There is wealth of useful information in this annual publication.  There are three things I’m going to pick out in this … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – oil prices

Oil prices are moving up again.  They have been increasing slowly and steadily for the last 6 months but of course have surged in the last week.  The reasons for the recent increase are fairly self explanatory.  Rising tensions between … Continue reading

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Is your home still behaving badly?

Is your home still behaving badly?  On a recent sort out I found some old publications. Its interesting to look back at this older stuff to see what’s come to pass and what hasn’t.   I have written on one … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Germany gets free wind power

Germany got free wind power last weekend as windpower broke new European records.  Last weekend windpower generated over 60% of German electricity demand.  So much electricity was generated from the wind that the wholesale price of electricity turned negative.  This … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cost of energy review

The energy economist Dieter Helm was asked to lead a “cost of energy review” for the government.  This has just been published.  His terms of reference were to work out ways of decarbonising the energy system whilst having cheap energy.   … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – what’s the best way of dealing with high energy prices?

What’s the best way of dealing with high energy prices?  That was the discussion on the BBC radio 4 Today programme this morning.  Is it some kind of cap on high energy prices as suggested by both government and opposition. … Continue reading

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UK electricity prices are on the march (again)

UK electricity prices are on the march (again).  A storm of protest has broken forth today as one of the UK big six British Gas is raising electricity but not gas prices by up to 12.5%.   All the other energy … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – solar social model

This week I learnt of a solar social model for PV.  One of the problems with PV has been its perceived cost.  The installed cost and hence generation costs have fallen drastically over the last 5 years or so until … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- negative power prices

This week we have had negative power prices for the second? time in the UK.  This has been long predicted since the same thing happens in Germany due to vast solar penetration.  Now the UK is catching up.  Negative power … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – energy storage solutions

Nissan has this week announced that it has partnered with an American company to manufacture and market energy storage solutions.  These are lithium ion batteries made at its UK plant.  It will also use if the customer wants it second … Continue reading

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