The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

I hate to disagree with Tim Yeo, green NGOs and Students for a Free Tibet on energy policy, but on this issue I do. Yeo’s proposal to amend the upcoming Energy Bill to include a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector is the wrong choice. The...
Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Can we have low carbon and lower bills?  It could be possible.  While many low carbon technologies are currently expensive, the future is unknown.  New discoveries and innovations will happen and are not predictable.  Some low carbon technologies could become very...
Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

There is currently much public debate about whether the domestic energy market is working, whether big energy companies are treating customers and small suppliers unfairly, and about energy companies’ profits. Ofgem has proposed, under its Retail Market Review,...
Too much government meddling undermines the energy market

Too much government meddling undermines the energy market

Pity Ed Davey. At some point in the next few months, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary is going to have to sit down and decide how much nuclear power is going to cost for the next few decades. It is not an easy decision. On one side are nuclear firms threatening...