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Why are households using less energy?

Why are households using less energy?

Guy Newey, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, outlines the possible explanations for the recently released ONS data that showed that energy consumption in UK homes fell by 25% between 2005 and 2011. Guy also examines what this means for low carbon policy, arguing that absolute reductions in energy use may actually be possible and awkward questions arise about where the cost of policy falls.

UK fracking fight highlights need for carbon pricing strategy

UK fracking fight highlights need for carbon pricing strategy

Simon Moore, Environment & Energy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, highlights the great uncertainties of shale gas – namely whether it can be produced commercially. He argues that this uncertainty, inherent in any new form of energy generation, shows the need for an energy market with a proper carbon pricing strategy that will be able to explore the future and whether new technologies can change prices.

This may be Camelot for green investors, but is it sustainable?

This may be Camelot for green investors, but is it sustainable?

Guy Newey, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, argues that while, on the face of it, now seems to be a pretty good time to be a green investor, the increased utilities prices that will result from the contracts for new power generation may mean that government support will not be sustainable.

The folly of trying to map out our low carbon future

The folly of trying to map out our low carbon future

Policy Exchange’s Environment & Energy unit members Simon Moore and Guy Newey argue that Tim Yeo and Barry Gardiner’s proposed electricity decarbonisation amendment to the Energy Bill is an unnecessary and potentially expensive commitment. They call for those who support action on climate change not to automatically support this amendment.

Party that grabs ‘Greener, Cheaper’ energy story at election will thrive

Party that grabs ‘Greener, Cheaper’ energy story at election will thrive

Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that public concern with energy bills means energy and climate policy will be a crucial battleground in the 2015 general election. The party that can come up with a convincing answer on gas and electricity bills, as well as wider cost of living concerns, will be in a strong position to win the next election.

How to Handle Gas Price Uncertainty

How to Handle Gas Price Uncertainty

Simon Moore, Environment & Energy Research Fellow, argues in response to a report by the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on the impact of shale gas on energy markets, saying that while the report offers a largely sensible overview, the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) policy is vulnerable to mistakes in gas price projections, as outlined in Policy Exchange report Gas Works.

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