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Brian Wilson

Opinion

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.

Opinion

Anti-North Sea policy wrong and irrational

Reading political party manifestos is, it must be said, a duty rather than a pleasure. So much verbiage, so little prospect of the vast majority of it ever being fulfilled.

Opinion

Privatisation: 30 years of changes

Thirty years ago, legislation to privatise Scotland’s electricity industry was completing its passage through parliament. It created outcomes which were never intended and are ripe for review.

Opinion

Bringing isles’ energy assets to the market

The 20-year campaign to utilise the renewable energy assets of Shetland and the Western Isles to benefit the entire UK may be approaching end-game with outcomes still wide open.

Americas

How oil led Venezuela to chaos

It is a well-proven maxim that discovering oil can be more of a curse than a blessing and nowhere on the face of the Earth offers better testimony to that than Venezuela, now in the throes of political upheaval.