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The end of onshore wind subsidies: what now for ‘secure, affordable and low-carbon’ electricity?

  On Thursday, the government announced that it would be ending subsidies for onshore wind under the Renewables Obligation a year earlier than planned, in April 2016. There are also plans to give local communities a veto over new wind

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Posted in All Posts, policy, Wind energy

Highlights of the 2015 ECEEE Summer Study conference

The ECEEE Summer Study is the ‘work hard / play hard’  conference of the energy research world. Set in the beautiful Giens Peninsula on the south coast of France, intense sessions, plenaries and informal meetings co-existed with swimming in the

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Reflections, rebound, a week in France

A picture of Lee's feet, in the sunshine on a beach

The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) convenes an international conference every two years. This, spanning the 1st-6th June 2015, was my first experience of this biennial event located on a dazzling peninsula in the South of France

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Energy debates must not forget those less able to speak for themselves

Mari Martiskainen

Reflections from the 12th eceee summer study By Dr Mari Martiskainen As Colin Nolden mentioned in his post yesterday, four members of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand attended the eceee Summer Study held near Hyeres, south of France, during 1-6th

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Opportunity and crisis in South Africa’s electricity

In April I wrote a blog in Le Monde Diplomatique about South Africa’s on-going electricity crisis. This crisis has resulted in regular load-shedding across the country since late last year as the country’s cash strapped utility Eskom faces a $17

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Posted in All Posts, Fossil fuels

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