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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK?

October 24, 2014 by Oliver Kerr
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Nuclear Energy in the UK

"Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward." Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
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UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

How Software Could Save Big Money on the UK Grid

September 10, 2014 by Jeff St. John

UK Grid Efficiency Software

Here’s one measure of the value of marrying the smart grid with software: $387 million. U.K. utilities Scottish and Southern Energy and U.K. Power Networks believe they can save that much money in distribution system upgrades over the coming years.[read more]

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

September 10, 2014 by David Hone
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Regulations and Appliances

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on.[read more]

The Failure of the UK Climate Change Act

August 18, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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UK Climate Legislation

The Belgian think tank Bruegel points to data showing that the United Kingdom's GDP has returned to pre-economic crisis levels. This allows us to do a quick and intuitive examination of how much the UK economy has decarbonized over that time period.[read more]

In Flooded UK, Guardian Warns 'Climate Change Is Here Now'

February 19, 2014 by Joseph Romm

UK Flooding

The Guardian recently turned over their front-page to Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the famous report on the economics of climate change. He opens: "The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change."[read more]

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Pressure from Savers is the Key to Getting UK Investors to Back a Low Carbon Future

January 6, 2014 by Lydia Toy
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UK Low Carbon Future

With the recent disappointment at COP19, the expected weakening of the UK carbon budget at its fourth review in early 2014, and the continuing insistence calls for a third runway at Heathrow, it’s not surprising that the ‘Great British public’ feel powerless in the fight against climate change.[read more]

Humber Energy Park 'Massively Important'

December 29, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Able UK has announced that the UK Government has approved plans to create the Able Marine Energy Park, a “world-class centre for the renewable energy industries on the south bank of the Humber [River]“. The Able Marine Energy Park will provide 1,389 metres of new heavy duty deep water quays.[read more]

Nuclear: Brussels Launches State Aid Probe Into Cameron's Project [VIDEO]

December 19, 2013 by Kasper Peters
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State Aid Probe

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, looks into the merits of the European Commission’s decision to open a state aid probe into the new nuclear power project at Hinkley Point C in the United Kingdom.[read more]

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

December 17, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Decarbonization

While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here.[read more]

Green Electricity Suppliers in the UK Compared to the Big 6

December 12, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Green Electricity

When you buy green electricity you are paying for a commitment by your supplier to put green electricity into the grid, in some proportion of what you use. This is done by procuring renewables from plant owners or building their own capacity. To use truly ‘green’ electricity you would need to go off grid.[read more]

Dogged by Slow Uptake, UK Attempts to Streamline Home Efficiency Program

December 7, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change says it will make revisions to its Green Deal program, which has not had as much uptake in its first year as expected. It will make the Green Deal easier for consumers and the companies that operate in the market.[read more]

Falling Like Dominoes: Support For Coal From the UK Comes To An End

November 23, 2013 by Justin Guay
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First it was President Obama at Georgetown University in June, telling us that it was time to act on climate. As one of the pillars of the climate action plan, President Obama pledged to end public financing for coal projects overseas, except in very specific situations.[read more]

The UK Needs to Take a More Serious Look at Importing Renewable Electricity

November 18, 2013 by Adam Whitmore
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Imported solar electricity looks likely to be cheaper than nuclear in the UK by the early 2020s when new nuclear is due to come on line. Solar and other imported renewables deserve a closer look as one means to decarbonising the UK power sector.[read more]