Freelance Journalist & Owner, Millicent Media
timprobert has written 60 posts for millicentmedia

Ten things DECC told journalists at the Energy Bill press conference

Energy journalists were treated to not one but all three DECC ministers – Secretary of State Ed Davey, Energy Minister John Hayes and Climate Change minister Greg Barker (plus two senior civil servants) at today’s Energy Bill press conference in the bowels of Whitehall Place. Here are the juicy bits. 1. On nuclear strike price … Continue reading »

Whatever happened to the nuclear renaissance?

The UK’s record of building nuclear plants is dismal. Yet, as Tim Probert explores, previous exercises may seem like a walk in the park compared to building a new fleet of reactors in a liberalized power market. This article was first published in the October 2012 issue of Energy World magazine. Few would disagree that … Continue reading »

Big and small: Bringing marine energy to market

The British city of Bristol is arguably the spiritual home of marine energy.  Tim Probert visits two companies at differing stages of development: Marine Current Turbines, recently acquired by Siemens and Offshore Wave Energy, a start-up struggling to raise finance, to find out how marine energy will be brought to market. This article first appeared … Continue reading »

Cutting costs for offshore wind farms

With an eye on its ambitious Round 3 offshore wind programme, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change is targeting a 50 per cent technology cost reduction by 2020. Tim Probert explores how the industry is working to reduce the cost. This article was first published in the September 2012 issue of Energy World. … Continue reading »

The quest for the Holy Grail: Top takeaways from energy storage seminar

The first law of thermodynamics states energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed from one type of energy to another. The second law of thermodynamics states when an energy transformation is made, some of the energy lost as heat. That is why there can never be a perpetual motion machine and why energy storage … Continue reading »

Meeting European demand for biomass wood pellets

Driven by European Union renewables targets, demand for biomass wood pellets is set to soar over the next decade as utilities displace coal in thermal power plants. Tim Probert explores how the industry will manage to procure sufficient sustainable biomass. While utilities can and do burn hundreds of different types of biomass, literally almost any … Continue reading »

Top ten takeaways from UK shale gas summit

Last week I attended SMi’s timely Shale Gas Environmental Summit in London.  Timely because the UK government is now sending clear messages that there is too much hot air spouted about shale gas and believes it will not be a game-changer as in the United States. Here are my top ten ‘takeaways’ from the summit, … Continue reading »

Shale gas fracking: Water lessons from the US to Europe

Water and energy have always had a close relationship, but shale gas and water are particularly intimate. Water is integral to shale gas drilling and there is a growing market, estimated to be worth up to $100 billion in the United States, for wastewater treatment. Tim Probert explores the opportunities and challenges in Europe. This … Continue reading »

Fracking in Sussex: The Battle of Balcombe

To some, shale gas is potentially the best thing energy development in Britain since North Sea oil. To others, shale gas is a potential environmental catastrophe. Will the growing environmental opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, stop shale gas in Sussex in its tracks? Tim Probert digs deep. This article was first published in the … Continue reading »

DECC report sets earthquake magnitude limit of 0.5 for Cuadrilla shale gas fracking

An independent report published today by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recommends shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be immediately halted if seismic activity is recorded of a magnitude (M) of 0.5 or above, far below Cuadrilla Resources’ proposed level of 1.7M. Shale gas developer Cuadrilla Resources, which last September claimed … Continue reading »

  • @ Think the only Skinner to be a Labour MP was Dennis!
  • @ :-) You must be the only Juddian in history to be a Labour MP. If I lived in Rutherglen & Hamilton West, I'd vote for you!
  • @ I lived in Southborough too. You've gone up in my estimation! Skinners boy?
  • @ The best ex-toilet turned gig venue in the world. Didn't know you were from Tunbridge Wells, Tom. Not a Labour stronghold
  • As the Chancellor bets the farm on cheap gas, the US EIA forecasts gas prices to rise 22% in 2013…