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Against an uncertain political and regulatory back-drop it has been difficult to finance and build established renewable plant like wind turbines, let alone bring new ideas and entrants to the renewable energy market.  There has long been talk of tidal being a ‘game-changing’ technology, yet with so much uncertainty no one has had the brains or the bottle to bring a scheme to planning. That, if nothing else, makes the Tidal Lagoon… Read More

A major summit on the Low-Carbon Energy Sector in Wales has just been announced. The event will be co-hosted by Wales in London and Eversheds on Tuesday 15th October 2013 at Eversheds’ London Office. The Sec of State for Wales, the Rt Hon David Jones MP will deliver a keynote opening address. Places will be strictly limited – get your tickets in advance from the Wales in London website.

David Cameron’s visit to Glasgow recently was important for two reasons: (i) an old Etonian has not been seen in Scotland outside grouse season since Wee Willy Wales went to St Andrews; (ii) it highlighted the difficulty of having nuclear bombs based somewhere that might be a foreign country within 18 months. The sensible solution to (ii) may be to decommission the nuclear submarines altogether.  Cameron does not appear to favour that… Read More

During today’s bout of engine-revving by Westminster and Cardiff over the possibility of a new relief road in South Wales the main casualty seems to be WG’s sustainability credentials. While arguments rage about whether a toll can or can not be imposed from London, it’s disappointing to see the Welsh Government pushing for a huge new road-building scheme while cutting bus services to rural areas.  It begs the question as to whether… Read More

This week will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Richard Beeching’s infamous report, The Restructuring of British Railways which outlined plans to cut more than 5,000 miles of rail track and more than 2,000 stations. It was a radical solution to the perceived problem of the time – how to provide an efficient and cost-effective railway in a era of ever-growing car use. Yet 50 years later, we see the humble… Read More

There was a big boost for the Welsh renewables sector yesterday when Welsh Government announced approval for the Skerries Tidal Stream Array off Anglesey.  The green light coincided with £10m government grant, allowing Siemens to predict financial close on the project by 2015. The race is now on to get the project completed before the subsidy regime changes in 2017.   The number of jobs created by the project has already doubled since… Read More

An influential report has provided damning evidence of the Welsh Government’s lack of progress on community energy. Published today, the Second Annual Report of the Climate Change Commission for Wales  highlights the sluggishness of Welsh Government (WG)  to promote or support community action on energy in Wales. Despite optimism around the launch of Community Energy Wales in June 2012 and continued calls for communities to be better engaged in energy generation, today’s report finds… Read More

Green Revolution comes to Aberthaw Big news from RWE that they have started Carbon Capture and Storage at their coal-fired power station at Aberthaw! The numbers are small, but this could be the start of something very exciting.  Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the game-changing technology that could dramatically impact our ability to slow or partially prevent catastrophic climate change. Estimates suggest that there is space for 1000s of gigatonnes of… Read More

For rugby fans in Europe  it’s time to plot the annual Spring pilgrimage to follow your team in the Six Nations which kicks of on 2nd February.   More than any other tournament this annual series is defined by the fans’ faithful expeditions to their opponents’ cities.   The camaraderie and consumption that greets the travelling armies is deserving of its legendary status. It’s been a few years since most of us… Read More

Another week, another big call for energy policy.  Following last week’s Energy Bill, it is time for Ed Davey to point the way on the use of unconventional gas supplies.  He will give fracking the green light following the George Osborne’s Autumn Statement which is widely expected to include tax breaks for the companies experimenting with the process. Fracking is another of the unjust energy solutions that realises possible long term benefits… Read More