Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Warning: this blog article is rather more strident than most. The energy transition isn’t carefully thought through – it’s driven by fads, the current ones being batteries, distributed, virtual and demand-side. They all fall down on a number of factors,...
Interconnectors and Imports

Interconnectors and Imports

Interconnectors in Europe We have studied the energy transition plans of 6 countries in detail (UK, DE, FR, IT, ES, NL – who account for 75% of pre-Brexit EU GDP – please forgive the number of abbreviations!) and are aware in general terms of the plans of...
Re-Starting Net Zero Grids – Black Start

Re-Starting Net Zero Grids – Black Start

The Challenge Net Zero grids have very low levels of dispatchable (i.e. on-demand) generation – largely hydro-electric, nuclear, gas-fired power stations with CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage), and biomass power stations. The bulk of their energy derives from...
Issues with Ever-Shortening Contract Durations

Issues with Ever-Shortening Contract Durations

Since privatisation, the only major capital investment into infrastructure-scale plant and equipment that was not planned before privatisation has been undertaken under special financial instruments (ROCs, OFTOs, CATOs, CfDs, CM etc.) that guarantee 15+ year...
Vehicle to Grid and Shared Mobility

Vehicle to Grid and Shared Mobility

Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and Shared Mobility are two of the big buzz-phrases rolled out in the transportation sector, as magical solutions to energy storage needs of the grid (V2G) and to all the woes of transport-related climate change. They have both advantages and...