Editor’s blog

A penny here and a penny there

Listening to a recording of a recent briefing on the Capacity Market and the coming winter after the event was an is an interesting experience. It was the kind of informal chat all we energy geeks engage in, but it…

Missing from the Conservative Party conference

For many years, energy fringe meetings at the Conservative Party conference were accompanied by a chorus of muttered ‘no’s and the odd loud ‘tut.  They came from someone at the back, quivering with rage, waiting for the moment they could…

Lessons in regulation from ASA

This week The Advertising Standards Authority took a good look at claims that smart meters have environmental benefits. In response to complaints, it considered whether Smart Energy GB could stand up claims thata smart meter “helps build a smart grid…

ATOL v SOLR

Watching the huge effort being put in to manage the thousands of Thomas Cook travellers affected by the company failure, it is probably a good time to compare ATOL, the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing scheme, and energy companies’ supplier of last…

The old question over gas meters revisited

As the nation’s smart meter rollout stutters on, it is time to ask again whether there is any point in installing gas smart meters. The question has been raised from the start of the programme. It is not required under…

Did anyone tell National Grid Gas?

In its strategy document ‘Towards 2030′ National Grid sets out ambitious, and very welcome, plans to take on the challenge of transforming the UK’s energy system. It says, “As the System Operator for Great Britain, we are privileged to sit…