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One hole in Lancashire: How Cuadrilla fracked it up

That Cuadrilla’s application to frack in Lancashire has been recommended for rejection may have come as some surprise to the ‘London bubble’. Some of the commentariat certainly seemed surprised and responded by accusing Nimbys of selfishness and, quite ridiculously, potentially causing blackouts, as in Andrew Critchlow’s histrionic column in the Daily Telegraph. But should we be surprised by … Continue reading

Ten Half-Decent Free Energy Apps

We all love an app but are there any good energy apps? In truth, not many. There are some very good energy news and commodity price apps from the likes of Platts, Argus etc., but they require (expensive) subscriptions. Here, in no particular order, is a list of ten energy apps available from Apple’s App … Continue reading

Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?

Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. This article was first published in November/December issue of Intelligent Utility magazine. In Germany, where renewable energy accounts for around one-quarter of national power output, the big power generation utilities like RWE, … Continue reading

Britain’s nuclear renaissance: A progress report

This article was first published in the October 2014 issue of Energy World. The much-vaunted renaissance of the British nuclear industry increasingly looks less a rebirth than an unsatisfactory assortment of stalling, disjointed projects. One by one, the UK’s established, privately-owned electricity utilities have abandoned the nuclear new build programme, to be replaced by state-owned utilities … Continue reading