Editor’s blog

Range anxiety again?

Think tanks Bright Blue and Policy Exchange raise some useful policy proposals aimed at speeding up the rollout of electric vehicles (see story here). A couple raise questions. Policy Exchange would see government offer competitive tenders and long term contracts…

Do you need an energy butler?

From time to time I find myself trying to explain how the energy industry is changing to people who couldn’t give a picowatt. Here is my latest analogy: In the past you have had an energy butler, happy to meet all…

A good idea a decade ago?

Once again Kwasi Kwarteng MP talks up nuclear as “The only way we can get decarbonised firm power which isn’t intermittent …We will need a source of power that isn’t fluctuating, that isn’t dependent on the wind blowing and the…

Those intermittent power plants …

We’ve been seeing some price spikes in power supply over the last few days. Ought we to blame those intermittent power generators, who can’t be relied on to generate at times of need and sit idle 80% of the time?…

Do we have enough Electricity Margin Notices?

This winter we have had four Electricity Margin Notices (EMNs), alerts from the electricity system operator NGESO to warn the market that the system operator wants more power available. Why is this so rare?  It might help if it happened more…