One Young World: Confronting Today’s Energy Dilemmas

Just back from a visit to the slightly scary cities of the American south-west – Phoenix and Tucson. Having just read an extraordinarily powerful novel called ‘The Water Knife’ by…


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The Least Surprising Announcement of 2016: Hinkley Point Decision Delayed – AGAIN!

What a gloriously ramshackle company EdF is! No company does anti-climax as well as EdF does – time after time! Last week, we heard French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, all…


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Hinkley Point: The Insanity That Just Keeps On Giving

I feel duty bound to keep loyal readers of the blog completely up to date with the slowly unfolding Hinkley Point meltdown – spasm by agonising spasm. Three important updates: 1.…


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EdF: Living with its ZOMBIE REACTORS!

You seriously wouldn’t want to be a Director of EdF at the moment. The agenda for an average Board Meeting must be seriously gloomy on each and every occasion. Here’s how I…


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‘FiT for the 21st Century?’ – Not by a Long Chalk!

Ten days ago, I highlighted the degree to which the UK is now so profoundly out of kilter with the post-Paris agenda. I really don’t suppose you need any further confirmation of…


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Seeking all (young!) energy entrepreneurs!

Ever since I finished The World We Made (more than three years ago now), I’ve been obsessed with the sheer speed of change regarding solar and other renewable energy technologies.…


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The post-Paris scene, part 3: Renewables industry: in festive mood

As you can imagine, there was still quite a lot of post-Paris pixie-dust being sprinkled around in Abu Dhabi. At the first World Future Energy Summit, nine years ago, conventional…


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The post-Paris scene, part 4: Oil and gas: still hanging in

So where does all that upbeat, excitable buzz around renewables leave the oil and gas companies? Well, they’re still hanging in there, with exhibition stands as bullish and brazen…


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The post-Paris scene, part 5: Same old dreams, same old lies

So much for the fossil fuel lobbies. What of our dearly beloved friends in the nuclear industry? The industry has had a constant presence at the World Future Energy Summit since…


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The post-Paris scene, part 1: the Zayed Future Energy Prize

Back in Abu Dhabi for the ninth World Future Energy Summit, and the eighth Award Ceremony for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, which I’ve been involved in from the start as a member…


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