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History and future of the global energy transition – an update

One minute video of extracts from talk at Solarplaza on 15th February (thanks to FMO Development Bank). See also extended version of powerpoint.… Read-more

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The history and future of the global energy transition 2016 – 2017 in pictures and charts

This presentation, to accompany the publication of the updated edition of The Winning of The Carbon War, is downloadable in 3 parts: As pdfs: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 As powerpoints: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 Please feel free to use it anyway you… Read-more

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The current crop of oil and gas company investments and acquisitions in clean energy: a quick Q & A

Picture: BP advertising, 2000. Q: Are they actually committed to diversifying beyond oil and gas this time, or is this just a fresh round of greenwash? A: All this is beyond greenwash, but far short of retreat consistent with the Paris Agreement – the oil and gas companies and are… Read-more

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Lloyd’s of London divests from coal 25 years after first being advised to. What financial damage to their business has the delay entailed?

In a report entitled “Climate Change and The Insurance Industry”, the world’s largest insurance market was advised as follows in February 1993: “It would behove the industry to look very closely at where all capital is invested. Fossil-fuel-related operations should be eschewed, and solar energy and energy-efficiency projects favoured.” I… Read-more

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My hopes for the great global energy transition, and thoughts on the UK state of play: Interview for Impact4All

Q: How do you feel about the developments at the One Planet Summit in Paris? Was it enough? It wasn’t enough to hit the ultimate Paris Agreement targets, but enough to keep those targets in play. I very much enjoyed the flurry of financial-sector announcements at the summit. If the… Read-more

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Archive

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  • December 31st - 2016 in Review (Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    2016 was a momentous year for our electricity supply: the signing and ratification of the Paris climate agreement, the announced closure of all coal power stations by 2025 and of course the launch of this blog. In this piece I pull out what I think are the key messages in GB electricity from 2016.
  • December 29th - The carbon value of energy efficiency (Demand, Efficiency) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    Electricity is changing in the way it is being generated and also in how it is being used. At the end of 2015, I switched my house from incandescent/halogen lightbulbs to LED. In 2016, my family’s electricity consumption dropped by more than a third. But what is the carbon value in reducing our electrical demand?
  • December 28th - The return to gas (Uncategorized) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    Christmas Day 2016 created headlines due to high amounts of low carbon generation and low demand. Since then, the use of fossil fuels increased as Britain returned to work and as wind generation fell.
  • December 26th - Where did electricity come from on Christmas Day? (Gas, Greenhouse Gas, Records, Wind) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    In this blog, I focus on where our electricity came from across the whole of Christmas Day
  • December 25th - Cooking turkeys with record amounts of wind (Gas, Records, Wind) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    On Christmas, the normal rules of providing electricity are a little different. Every day there is a peak demand for electricity which is met by switching on power stations at the right time. In this blog, I broke that our turkey was, in fact, powered by a record percentage of low carbon electricity.
  • December 23rd - A new clean energy milestone? (0) (Demand, Greenhouse Gas, Records, Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    It was reported in the Guardian newspaper that the UK hit a "clean energy milestone" after low carbon power "accounted for 50% of electricity generation in the UK in the third quarter". This is based on Government figures here. Is this true for Great Britain? Here are the numbers.
  • November 27th - The electricity story so far in 2016 (1) (Review) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)
    My review of electricity in 2016 for the online magazine Blue and Green Tomorrow
  • November 27th - Quarterly Electricity Use (0) (Uncategorized) (by Dr Andrew Crossland)