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Climate and Global Energy: The Answer Lies After 2050, Probably Not Before

January 15, 2015 by David Hone

Future Energy Planning and Climate Solutions

The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather than years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short-to-medium-term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long term conclusions based on a 2050 outlook raises validity issues.[read more]


Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]


Britain's First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation Isn't A Great Deal, But Neither Are The Alternatives

October 9, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Britain and Nuclear Energy Options


The European Commission announced that Britain's first new nuclear power plant for over twenty years does not violate state aid laws, and it now appears certain that it will be built. Hinkley C has been described as the "most expensive power plant ever built" by the usual assortment of green voices.[read more]

Vermont Yankee: Clean Kilowatt Cow That Deserves Saving

May 3, 2014 by Rod Adams

Save Vermont Yankee?

Vermont Yankee is a 650 MWe nuclear power plant in excellent physical condition. It has an operating license that is valid through 2031 and it is run by a well-trained operational staff. It supplies power to a grid where 60% of capacity comes from natural gas delivered via constrained pipeline system.[read more]