Alex Meredith

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I’m finding talk of 2030 a little unnerving.  In 17 years I will be nearing 50 and my 3 month old daughter will be learning to drive. I’ll be into corderoys, Christmas-jumpers and Classic FM, she’ll have swapped her baby gro for a onesie, her dummie for a tongue piercing and her BCG jab for a tattoo. Yet, there is hope that some things will be brighter in 2030.  And (to a… Read More

Last week’s by-election result has thrown the cat amongst the political pigeons, and the spirit of revolution has made it through to the Observer’s business pages.  Citing the refusal of Centrica to use its enormous profits to build more gas-fired power stations in the short term,  today’s Business Leader asks the surprising rhetorical: “Should not public money go into….a publicly owned utility?”. I had thought that agitating for nationalisation was something the Guardian… Read More

Decarbonisation is an ugly, overweight word.  On twitter it is cut to ‘decarb’; like a statutory pasta rationing regime.  But for green groups, it’s the rationing of targets not tagliatelle that is causing stomachs to rumble. Not satisfied with emissions targets for 2050 and 2020, binding carbon budgets, EU renewables targets and global emissions pledges, some environmentalists are demanding another helping of targets.  Or perhaps this is the icing on a layered… Read More

£1bn Says DECC Understands Need to Address Power Demand The Independent has reported that the government is planning to put up £1bn to improve the UK’s energy efficiency.  The news comes after David Cameron reasserted the government’s pledge to be the ‘greenest ever’ in a major speech that was overshadowed by the guilty plea of Chris Huhne this week. If true the fund will be a major step forward for two reasons:… Read More

We have outgrown our little flat in London so it’s time to move out.  Some things we will miss, others less so….. Along with the logistical headache of living in a small first-floor flat with a baby, the first 8 weeks with our daughter have introduced us to 24/7 heating and round-the-clock illumination.  Step aside doting grand-parents, the people most excited about our new arrival have been our electricity and gas supplier…. Read More

Huhne’s Long Shadow There is never a good day for a former Cabinet minister to admit perverting the course of justice.  However for the department he once led and the green policies he once championed, the guilty plea of former Sec of State for Climate, Chris Huhne, could not have come at a worse time. Since Huhne resigned to ‘clear his name’, Ed Davey and his colleagues at DECC have battled to… Read More

High profile Conservatives (including the Chancellor and the Energy minister John Hayes) spent most of 2012 trying to undermine and diminish the UK’s already doubtful commitment to building a  green economy.   Whether is was vetoing decarbonisation targets in the Energy Bill or publicly criticising proven renewable technologies, the dog whistle politics of backing industry or countryside lobbies over environmental concerns was too tempting to resist.  By the end of the year Tory… Read More

At a seminar this week there was a chance to hear from one of the key protagonists in the governments discussions on climate change policy. David Kennedy (CEO of the Committee on Climate Change) was candid in confirming that energy policy was now being run from Number 10 and the Treasury.   His view was that this represented a grave risk as the lack of resources to handle the technical detail of the… Read More

It was a gentle and carefree ride for David Cameron through his supposed ‘grilling’ by the Ad Hoc Select Committee on Tuesday. Facing questions on energy policy, the committee had an arsenal of ammunition at their disposal.  Bickering ministers, contradictory policies and extraordinary vetoes could have put the Prime Minister in the cross hairs.  Sadly the committee members were mostly firing blanks.  Cameron was comfortable, so comfortable in fact that his greatest… Read More

DECC’s gas strategy is a huge gamble for the UK energy consumer.   The Government just took your future energy bills and placed them on a horse named Shale. Whichever way you cut it, the Gas Strategy will see the UK’s medium term energy future hugely reliant on gas power stations – up to 37GW.  Running that amount of plant means a lot of carbon dioxide pumping into the atmosphere, but it also  means… Read More