Category Archives: energy costs

Pacific renewables

Like the history of the first and second world wars in the Pacific, Pacific renewables and their energy story is somewhat obscure.  However, the problems faced by these Islands due to climate change and the attempts they are making is … Continue reading

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Variable rate electricity

Last week a small energy supplier was in the news for offering its customers variable rate electricity.  In one way there is nothing new about all this.  People who used (or use) a lot of electricity at night (mostly those … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – energy prices

Energy prices seem to be going up and down simultaneously.   That’s the news today in the UK.  To explain.  Most of the big six suppliers are holding off on price increases or even cutting prices but warning of big … Continue reading

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Will OPEC fix the oil price?

Will OPEC fix the oil price?  A few days ago the cartel met to try to agree production cuts.  The aim?  To push the oil price up from where it alternates between $45 and $50 a barrel to between $50 … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – nuclear power shutdown, power cuts and electricity price increases

Could a nuclear power shutdown in France lead to power cuts and price increases in the UK?  At the moment France has shut down a third of its reactors and facing a very real possibility of an energy crisis with … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – world energy demand

The World energy council has predicted that world energy demand will peak by 2030. Or so the headlines in the press said.  What this group say in the report out this week is more nuanced.  They present three different scenarios.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week smart meters delay

This blog has blogged on smart meters more than once.  As we said in our book smart meters are meant to “monitor total energy consumption in real time and predict and manage trends.”.   There are now 4 million in the … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -charge for grid upkeep

A frisson of despair entered my heart this week when I heard OFGEM have suggested we might have to pay a charge for the grid upkeep.  According to the chief executive of OFGEM due to solar panels and energy storage, … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – domestic energy prices

Over the last year or so as everyone knows oil and gas prices have fallen dramatically, why not domestic energy prices?  This is the question raised this week on the news.  This is particularly true of the “big six”.  But … Continue reading

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Electricity prices and PV grid parity

I found an interesting post that looks at the relationship between PV grid parity and electricity prices in the US.  The first thing to say is its complicated.   Whether a domestic PV system is grid parity with what comes up … Continue reading

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