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Wasted Investments

It never ceases to amaze me how many billions are thrown at funding technologies and innovation that, of their nature, cannot succeed. They may be partial solutions, or too expensive, or only representing part of the cost profile, or their true addressable market is...

ENTSO-E Strategic Roadmap 2023 – 2025

ENTSO-E published its roadmap for 2023-5 on 15th Feb 2024. This has good and bad points. For one thing, a 3-year horizon, especially when published one-third of the way through, is not strategic; it’s short-term objectives. But those objectives are mostly good....

Proposed Cap and Floor for LDES in the UK

The British government has taken the excellent step of realising that sufficient Long-Duration Energy Storage (LDES) won’t be built unless appropriate contracts and/or support is offered. They are consulting on a (cap and) floor regime, which would do the job well,...

As Good As Can Be Hoped For

COP28 ended with a communiqué which included, for the first timein the COP process, the phasing out of unabated hydrocarbons.Many have spoken against its lack of enforceable commitments, but COP is about the art of the politically possible, not the ideal. For the...

CCS – Only Beneficial Where Needed

Although it plays a large part in many governments’ energy transition plans, CCS is not the magic bullet as it’s commonly portrayed. It tends to gloss over its challenges. For example (not exhaustive): 1. Business cases exclude the cost of transportation and...

The Energy Act (UK) – Some Good, Some Bad

The UK government passed an Energy Act at last, only about three years behind schedule. It’s a mixed bad of good, bad and indifferent measures wrapped up in a gargantuan bill (almost 500 pages) that is incomplete, requiring lots of secondary legislation (too much?) to...