From the monthly Report

New Power: MAY ISSUE

INTERVIEW: Gordon Edge, Policy Director, RenewableUK

“I don’t think it’s any surprise that we are getting nervousness from onshore and offshore wind companies that they are not going to deliver what is in their business plans.”

“What was really unwelcome about the Miliband gambit was that it immediately destroyed any semblance of there being consensus”

ANALYSIS:  State Aid: direction is clear, details are not

FEATURE: Will marine renewables reach 100MW?

FEATURE: Shale gas plays and political flashpoints

FEATURE: No guarantees on ‘learning effects’

“It is likely that the over-optimistic cost forecasts seen in the offshore wind sector had important UK policy implications and that if analysts in the early 2000s had been predicting serious escalations in future costs it would be hard to imagine the same level of government enthusiasm for UK Rounds 2 and 3.”

This and much more in this month’s New Power.

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INTERVIEW: STEVE RILEY, chief executive, GDF Suez Energy, UK-Europe

“There has been an investment hiatus. I think EMR has taken longer than most people would have expected at the beginning and during that period you have seen very little progress.”  

“I think it’s possible that by shortly after 2016 the margins will be tighter than they have been, …. But that in itself I don’t think is a particular problem, because capacity margins have been so high since 2007.”

ANALYSIS:  Can the UK take a lead on CCS? Exploring the global context

REPORT:  Budget measures will hit renewables investors

REPORT: Public Accounts Committee probes infrastructure spend

“there is a failure by government to assess the impact on consumers” of total spend across energy, water, telecoms, transport and other infrastructure”

FEATURE: Are we building the right kind of flexibility into energy markets?

This and much more in this month’s New Power.

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INTERVIEW: Alan Whitehead MP

There is a “Bit of a vested interest in everyone being convinced the lights will go out tomorrow and we can only get over it by having this capacity mechanism.”

“Hinkley Point was going to come on line in 2018 and there would be one new reactor every 9 months. That was always nonsense and is clearly nonsense now”

ANALYSIS:  Janet Wood looks at the pros and cons of changes to the Carbon Price Floor

“Perhaps the biggest threat to the effectiveness of the price floor is whether investors will trust successive governments not to change the targeted carbon price trajectory.”

REPORT:  How does wind turbine performance deteriorate over time?

FEATURE: Scottish independence: examining the energy issues


This and much more in this month’s New Power.

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INTERVIEW: Professor Steve Thomas

EDF “wouldn’t be unhappy if it didn’t have to build Hinkley. Because of the debt, because of the risk, because it doesn’t like EPRs…

I can’t believe the EC will complete the review in six months because it’s such a big precedent. You have 11 other countries all saying they want the British model for their programmes, so the Commission can’t just wave it through.”

ANALYSIS:  Janet Wood looks at the prospects for new interconnectors

“Developers must balance the high reports from the Carbon Floor with regulatory risk, as the CPF could be removed for political reasons or eroded

the development of interconnector projects is being slowed by a lack of clarity regarding how these would be regulated

REPORT:  ‘Known unknowns’ hike DCC costs by 15% over three years

FEATURE: Demand  side response – what works in North America


This and much more in this month’s New Power.

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NEW POWER: January issue

DATA: POWER PROJECT MONITOR INTERVIEW: RACHEL CARY, GREEN ALLIANCE “What’s causing the NGO community concern is that the [European Commission’s impact assessment for a new target] is only looking at 35, 40 or 45% [greenhouse gas] reduction – they are…

New Power: November issue



“I think the sooner the Competition Commission gets involved the sooner we can stop the mistaken polities that have been adopted over the past five years.”

 “All round the world where you get pools you get investigations and you get recriminations and companies are found guilty and fined. That seems to me a universal characteristic of energy pools.”


Lakis Athanasiou says that coal-fired generation is likely to end in Great Britain by 2020

“UK CO2 tax on its current trajectory will push coal to lower load factors than 50%”

“By 2020, coal plant will shut or possibly remain open limited to a maximum run rate of 1500 hours, but only if sufficiently remunerated by a capacity mechanism.”

E.On and RWE are at a crossroads: E.On and RWE are under political pressure in the UK – and still more in their home market in Germany, where the changing nature of electricity generation has placed them under financial pressure. Nigel Hawkins considers their future.

This and much more in this month’s New Power.

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In the October 2013 issue

DATA: utility-scale PV projects INTERVIEW: KEVIN MCCULLOUGH, CEO, UK COAL PRODUCTION LTD “I know from my past role [at Npower] where [UK coal- fired power] is coming from and 5-6% is coming from the UK. The country may not want to…