Category Archives: energy costs

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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One thing we have learnt this week -solar wars

“Solar wars” are breaking out all over the world.  What are being described as solar wars are taxes or charges on individuals or businesses that have solar panels fitted on their properties.  In Spain the government has introduced a tax … Continue reading

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Lent starts

With Lent having started people are expressing ideas of what to give up. In recent years the idea of a carbon fast has emerged. The oil lamp is going to throw its hat in the ring and make a few … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -charity begins at home

Once again a charity is under the spotlight.  In recent months charities in the UK have been under intense scrutiny.  It been building for some years firstly over chuggers and more recently of begging letters.  After an old lady in … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – are we facing power cuts?

Is the UK facing power cuts in another decade?  Perhaps the biggest story of this week has almost gone unnoticed.  There could be capacity supply gap of up to 55% in 10 years which will certainly mean power cuts. A … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Fuel poverty

Is fuel poverty why one elderly person is dying every 7 minutes in the UK?  The latest figures for England and Wales suggest 120,000 people have died of cold weather over the last 4 winters.  Taking the average deaths in … Continue reading

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Oil price – how low can it go?

How low can the oil price go?  This is the question on many peoples lips at the moment.  After an extraordinary 15 year upward trend interrupted only by the financial crisis the oil price has been falling for over a … Continue reading

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