I speculated earlier this month somewhat idly on whether the UK or US energy secretary would be the first to quit his post. Many in the gossipy world of Westminster politics are betting on an imminent Chris Huhne departure. But after one of the stormiest weekends of his political life, it is difficult to say whether he is now stronger or weaker. Read more
A global backlash against nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima crisis would lead to higher prices, less energy security and higher carbon emissions, according to Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency. Read more
The UK government has a big decision to make next week: whether to endorse the proposals by the Committee on Climate Change to set stringent emissions reductions targets for 2030. Read more
I am pleased to say that Cameron O’Reilly (right), chief executive of Landis+Gyr, has joined Steve Cunningham (left), the company’s UK & Ireland CEO, in the hotseat for next week’s readers’ Q&A. Read more
Samsung Electronics HQ March 2011When South Korea announced its “green new deal” early in 2009, it shook the world. The United Nations hailed it as an answer to the world’s woes. Korea would teach us all that low-carbon businesses could create employment.
But the UN had failed to understand Korean politics and propaganda. Read more
Many thanks for all your questions for Michael Bromwich, the man in charge of offshore oil permitting in the US. His answers will appear on this site on Friday, April 15th.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Steve Cunningham, chief executive of Landis+Gyr, the world’s biggest maker of smart meters. Read more
George Osborne reiterated today the UK government’s “determination to be the greenest government ever”. But given what we already knew, most of the new information contained in Wednesday’s Budget is set firmly against that agenda. Read more
George Osborne, the UK chancellor, has just announced his tax measures for the next year, and the biggest surprise came with a cut to fuel duty, to be funded by extra charges on oil and gas companies if the oil price remains over a certain price somewhere around $75 a barrel. The supplementary charge for such companies will now go from 20 per cent to 32 per cent. Read more
The row about UK solar feed-in tariffs rumbles on. This morning, energy secretary Chris Huhne tried to persuade people in the South West that solar subsidies should not go to the kind of large-scale wind farms that are in development in that part of the country. Read more
Bad news for those out there with high hopes of moving quickly to convert the world to electric vehicles.
A new report by Accenture, the consultancy, says that the large-scale rollout of plug-in electric vehicles will be hindered unless investors stimulate demand, lower the cost of public charging infrastructure and manage the impact on the grid. Those are three pretty big challenges. Read more