Some notes about Energy

There are three profound challenges facing the energy sector around the world. First, the great commodity super cycle has come to an abrupt end, leading to crashes in the oil, coal and gas prices - undermining the finances of the main producer countries and the companies. 

Secondly, the climate challenge is upon us, and if it is to be addressed, the fossil industries will have to close down over the rest of this century, with or without CCS.

Third, and partly spurred by the drive for low carbon forms of energy, technical change is bringing a transformation not seen since the nineteenth century. New forms of electricity generation, storage, smart infrastructures and radical changes to energy demand are already undermining the conventional technologies. Electric cars and the challenge of new materials to the petrochemical industries are playing their parts too in this great period of change.

These three great changes all fit together.




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Not so smart - what has gone wrong with the smart meter programme and how to fix it

March 24, 2017

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Like the Green Deal, the smart meter programme started out as a good idea, but has been badly implemented. Both were announced with lots of fanfare, with hard targets and overhyped claims about the benefits. The Green Deal was going to create to 250,000..


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