October 2013

Energy companies case for blaming green levies weakens further

Official figures cast doubt on claims by the UK’s biggest energy firms that rising wholesale costs are to blame for their inflation-busting price hikes. However, data from Ofgem, the energy regulator, suggests that wholesale prices rose by only 1.7 per cent over the last year. Four of the “Big Six” energy companies have raised already raised their bills by up to 10.4 per cent, with the remaining two expected to follow

One day in June: solar and wind renewables in Germany slash energy prices

While the UK has just committed to a huge taxpayer spend on a new nuclear power station and supine politicians wring their hands over our rigged energy market, Germany’s controversial renewables policy is showing signs of delivering cheap power in the future. On JUNE 16th 2013 something very peculiar happened in Germany’s electricity market. The wholesale price of electricity fell to minus €100 per megawatt hour (MWh). That is, generating

Rising energy prices, don't blame the green levy, blame the big 6 cartel

The ongoing political row over energy prices was brought sharply into focus this week as Scottish energy giant SSE raised its prices by 8.2 per cent blaming the green levy as a significant cause. The other 5 big energy companies are likely to follow suit. “We’re sorry we have to do this,” said SSE’s Will Morris. “We’ve done as much as we could to keep prices down, but the reality is

Some examples of extreme weather events 2013

It’s common for climate change denialists to seize selectively on pieces of data or simply misinterpret trends either through ignorance of the scientific method or some other confirmatory bias. The recent ‘pause’ in temperature rise (actually a slow down the rate of increase) has also been accompanied by an increase in the rate of arctic ice loss and an increase in heat retention and acidification of the oceans. Prof Myles