Energy and Climate Change

Editorial: On Course…for the Rocks

on course for rocks autumn statement 2014

The Chancellor declared in his Autumn Statement that Britain was on course for a budget surplus, growth and national recovery. Yet at the outset he had staked his credibility on removing the deficit within this Parliament. Not only has the government failed in this overarching goal, but the deficit is unlikely to be eliminated until… Read More »

Low Carbon Energy Needs Clear Signals and Stability from Government

“The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy ” (President Barack Obama State of the Union address, January 27, 2010). We have all heard this or similar, time and time again. However whether we are convinced is another story. In the backdrop of a global economic… Read More »

Offshore Wind Power: Clean Energy Boosting Jobs and Supply Chains

My constituency of Ynys Môn is at the vanguard of Britain’s future energy creation. As the country’s energy needs continue to grow, the island of Anglesey is in a unique position to offer the rest of the UK a real, sustainable energy mix. This includes nuclear new build, upcoming technologies such as tidal power and… Read More »

Invest in Thorium Now to Secure Future UK Energy Security

Nuclear power is the only source of base load electricity capable of meeting global energy demands whilst also mitigating against the risks of climate change. Unfortunately public perception of nuclear power is often  coloured by issues of safety, radiotoxic waste, and links to proliferation. Might the nuclear option be more acceptable if we could define… Read More »

Surf Solar Energy Wave for Manufacturing Jobs Growth

Solar energy just won’t go away and remains an irritant for those who want big headline energy generation projects that will give us a secure supply of electricity, solve the climate change problem and reduce the cost of electricity all in one go. If only it was that easy. In research I remind my students… Read More »

Nuclear New Build Boosts UK Supply Chains and Jobs Growth

As a producer of clean, reliable, low carbon energy nuclear power has a key role to play in strengthening the UK’s energy security as well as providing insurance against price volatility. The Government has recently taken a significant step forward towards achieving this with the publication of the Energy Bill. The Bill sets out various… Read More »

UK Shale Gas, Towards Securing Our Energy Future

by Peter Hardy; 28 November 2012 The phenomenon of shale gas is both topical and controversial. Its proponents claim that it is a clean, environmentally friendly and abundant source of cheap natural gas; its opponents believe the opposite. In various countries it is a fast growing industry and operations have begun in the UK. With… Read More »

Severn Barrage, Secure, Predictable Electricity Generation

by Peter Hain; 15 November 2012 As by far the most exciting green investment project, the Severn Barrage would have a bigger and more positive impact on the British economy than anything else for the foreseeable future. It is the biggest renewable energy project in Europe – the equivalent of around three nuclear power stations… Read More »

Electricity Market Reform, The Ongoing Challenge

There are three key Energy policy objectives in the UK: Keeping the lights on; Meeting our Climate Change objectives; Tackling fuel poverty. What makes these objectives so demanding is doing all three at the same time. For example, we could meet objective 1 by simply building more energy facilities. Because of the technology limitations of… Read More »

Rebuilding Britain: Towards a Low Carbon Future

“At that time, the West Cumberland Coalfield produced over 2 million tons of coal a year from forty-three collieries: almost nine thousand men worked in the pits. Tell anyone that the pits would be closed by the second half of the century and he would not have listened, let alone believed. West Cumberland sat on… Read More »