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One thing we have learnt this week – pollution affects economic growth

This week there has been a first, a government admits pollution affects economic growth.  The Chinese government has stated that economic growth is going to be lower (only about 6%- although in reality its probably much lower than this).  One … Continue reading

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Australian power cuts

Australian power cuts have led the Australian government to reach completely the wrong conclusions about the Australian energy system.  I would hazard a guess that they are deliberately misleading conclusions based on ideology rather than fact. The Australian electricity system … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -Paris climate change agreement is now passed

The Paris climate change agreement is now in force.  After more than 30 years of talking now is the time for action.  I was amazed to think that it is nearly a year since and some others cycled to Paris … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – renewables capacity soars

A whole heap of reports have come out over the last week suggesting renewables capacity is soaring.  The International Energy Agency have said that renewables made over half of all capacity added in 2015 – a first.  China and the … Continue reading

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BP data

Its that time of year when the BP data in their statistical energy review comes out.  This blog covers some the main things that stood out for me in the 2016 BP data. 1) oil reserves show a fall, this … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Power to the people

Power to the people- not the cry of “Citizen Smith” (look it up), but a programme on BBC4 this week following SSE energy over a year.  Scottish and Southern Energy is one of the “big six”, its ex now retired … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -WEO 2015

As we fast approach Paris COP21 (which yours truly is cycling to with TEARFUND) the latest IEA WEO 2015 is out.  Is peak oil going to mean low oil prices and not high ones?  This is one of the suggestions … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -power cuts

How close has the UK been to power cuts this week?  Pretty close seems to be the answer, or at least of it not power cuts then reducing the voltage so the lights dim.  First national grid told everyone to … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -Scoraig

I was surprised and amused (bear with me you will see why) to hear an article on the today programme on Scoraig.  Scoraig is a stunningly beautiful but remote crofting community on a peninsular in the north-east of Scotland.  The … Continue reading

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South African energy crisis and a strange new solution?

Last weeks “Crossing Continents” on BBC radio 4 was all about the South African energy crisis.  South African energy crisis?  I know- I’d not heard of it either.  The UK is very outward facing as far as its news, but … Continue reading

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