Power

In this week’s podcast: We start the show with the UK Budget – what it means for the energy sector in Britain, we move on to a consideration of the global energy mix in the light of rising oil prices and the failure of the nuclear plant at Fukushima, we then take a closer look at the uranium markets and we finish with comments on the blog Energy Source. Guest this week is Tony Ward, head of power and utilities for Ernst and Young. Read more

Vladimir Putin has been regaling TV viewers with his memories of the good old Soviet days when electricity was cheap and Russians paid their utility bills on the nail. But fond stories from the Russian prime minister’s past may just rub salt in the wounds of his people as a sharp increase in energy prices kicks in. Read more

Kiran Stacey

This morning’s clampdown by the UK regulator on the country’s big six utilities was unexpectedly hard-hitting. Read more

Sheila McNulty

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

In this week’s podcast: A return to feed-in tariffs for solar with guest Aldo Beolchini from merchant bank NextEnergy Capital. We ask what reaction has the Department of Energy and Climate Change review of the tariffs provoked in the sector. And we look forward at what to expect from next week’s International Energy Forum for Opec in Riyadh. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Another day, another complaint about the carbon floor price. This controversial policy has united an unlikely alliance of green campaigners and heavy industry in opposition.  Read more

Sheila McNulty

ExxonMobil has made some interesting – if not surprising – forecasts in its annual Outlook for Energy, in which it projects long-term energy trends. The report is not just what Exxon hopes will happen but rather based on detailed analysis of 100 countries, 15 demand sectors and 20 fuel types. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Magued Eldaief, the head of GE’s UK energy business, answers your questions.
In the first of two posts, he discusses the future for nuclear power in northern Europe, wind power in the developing world and whether it is better to back small- or large-scale power generation projects. Read more

In this week’s podcast: BP and its unveiling of a $16bn share swap with Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer; the continued battle by Opec to keep oil prices from escalating towards $100 a barrel and beyond; National Grid and the long-awaited ruling from New York state regulators on the amount it can charge its customers in the US. Read more

Kiran Stacey

And then there was one. After Eon announced on Tuesday that it would increase electricity prices by 9 per cent and gas prices by 3 per cent, that leaves only EDF of the big six who have frozen charges over the winter. Read more