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Virtue alone does not keep the lights on

Whatever message is drawn, the current explosion of interest in energy policy should ensure that realism impinges upon the rhetoric which will accompany COP26.  Virtue alone does not keep the lights on.

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Transitioning to net zero

As in life, the Energy Transition and achievement of Net Zero, in my mind, is about balance.

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Gas crisis rapidly changing the energy debate

“Christmas is on … this is a short-term problem” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told journalists recently when quizzed about the gas price surge and the knock-on impacts it might have on food, energy bills – and the imminent COP26 climate negotiations.

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Offshore wind: The North Sea sequel

Everybody loves a big-budget, blockbuster sequel. Half a century after the original and long-running oil boom adventure, the North Sea is poised to repeat and surpass that success with an even bigger net-zero carbon and renewable follow-up: the £16 billion North Sea Transition Deal.

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Hydrogen Strategy: Now is the Time to Accelerate

The demolition of the chimney stacks at SSE’s Ferrybridge power station on 21 August was a powerful symbol of the progress the UK has made in weaning itself off emitting carbon dioxide. Less than a decade ago, more than 40% of the UK’s electricity was produced from coal-fired power stations like Ferrybridge. Today the figure is more like 2%. And the UK government is committed to getting rid of the last vestiges of coal by 2025.

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Supporting Peers – the future of mental health help

I'm sure that anyone reading this article will agree that there is still a long way to go in terms of removing the stigma around Mental Health. We know and understand that mental health difficulties can be supported and treated. So why are we typically so slow to ask for the help that we need?

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Cambo is a tedious distraction

I like to think that by now nobody in Scotland with an IQ greater than 1 hasn’t realised that climate change is a real and present danger. The IPCC “Code Red” report, record temperatures, destructive floods and the very disturbing news that the Gulf Stream is showing signs of slowing down is surely enough to convince even the most stubborn that we really do need to phase out the burning of fossil fuels and make other quite dramatic changes to how we live and work.

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Blue hydrogen: who to believe?

It is all too often incredibly difficult to determine the truth in this day and age, especially in the murky worlds of politics and Big Business.

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Unlocking a lower carbon future

The UK economy depends on secure, affordable and increasingly lower carbon sources of energy. Under all scenarios, hydrocarbons will continue to play an important role to 2050 and beyond.

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The OGA flexes its muscles

Would you have guessed that the OGA has already been with us for six years? The extensive powers it was given in the Energy Act 2016 have been in force for nearly five years: those include the ability to impose sanctions on companies for breaching a licence or their obligations under that act, or for failing to comply with the OGA Strategy.

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Diverging credit path for European utilities

European governments have ambitiously raised targets for the energy transition, aiming for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. In turn, there has been a significant push towards renewables and other low-carbon energy solutions. As Pierre Georges, Sector Lead for EMEA Utilities at S&P Global Ratings, explains, utilities that are aligned with these objectives are set to perform better over the coming decade

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Is Africa’s energy viable in the global transition?

The COP26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021 will look to accelerate a global drive towards a net-zero economy. However, global climate policies have little relevance to the people of Africa, where the current energy mix is dominated by biomass and fossil fuels, argues David Clark, CEO of Vysus Group.