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  Waves of announcements from energy companies, policy makers and regulators have been crashing in like Atlantic storms over the past few weeks.  This always seems to happen when I’m on holiday.  Our summer holiday saw Ed Miliband’s price freeze announcement to the Labour conference, which has now given way to a Spring break punctuated by an actual price freeze from SSE. That sounds like good news. But within SSE’s announcement was… Read More

What has happened to progressive ideas on energy policy?  Politicians seem to be locked in a rhetorical battle to go further and further backwards. There’s talk of a windfall tax which we tried in the noughties; some want a pool which we ditched in the nineties; and some want direct price manipulation which was the fashion of the seventies.  Nationalisation is a word that keeps getting cheers on Question Time.  The debate… Read More