Money digest: ‘Marmite gate’ and Germany’s tougher stance on Brexit

18 November 2016 9:52

One and a half million households, many of them poor families or pensioners, are not on the correct energy tariff…

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Tempted to turn on the heating? Think twice before reaching for the thermostat

10 August 2016 11:45

A post from a friend pops up on my Facebook page. ‘It’s August 9th and the winter tights are on.’…

Another Hinkley Point delay isn’t a surprise but it’s still a worry

16 February 2016 8:43

EDF has bought itself some valuable time over its decision about whether or not to build a new nuclear plant…

Any further delay to Hinkley would be catastrophic for UK energy security (Picture: PA)

Why would anyone invest in energy when the policies are so fickle?

28 January 2016 18:08

In 2007 Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF’s UK arm, made the now-infamous promise that by Christmas 2017 we…

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Power shortages in Britain’s energy network are shameful

10 November 2015 12:49

Last Wednesday, following what National Grid casually referred to as ‘multiple plant breakdowns’ of a number of power stations –…

Brother Michael, a Benedictine Monk, gets ready for St Benedict's Feast at  Pluscarden Abbey

Earn as you burn: the green energy offer that saved the monks of Pluscarden

19 June 2015 18:26

Pluscarden Abbey, just outside Elgin in northeast Scotland, is one of the most beautiful places in Britain. But to those…


The tension in Labour’s energy policy between prices and decarbonisation

20 April 2015 16:13

There has always been a tension in Ed Miliband’s energy policy between its aim to get prices down via the…

The Greenpeace message at the Nazca Lines World Heritage site

How green and peaceful really is Greenpeace?

5 February 2015 10:28

For the best part of half a century Greenpeace’s constant campaigning on environmental issues has been an almost unmitigated success.…

Hinkley C - the nuclear station that costs a bomb

Is the Hinkley C nuclear power station the most expensive object ever built in Britain?

1 December 2014 18:05

We might not have much of a coherent energy policy, but we do at least have the honour of breaking…

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Before investing in more renewables, we need to find a cheap way of storing electricity

1 December 2014 16:20

There is an app you can load onto your smartphone, called UK Energy, which can tell you how much electricity…

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Why Vladimir Putin’s threats about cutting off Europe’s gas supply are all bluff

1 December 2014 14:05

Has the West found a secret new weapon in its battle with Putin’s expansionist ambitions: reversible gas pipelines? Putin has…

The website FrackNation takes on claims made by Josh Fox in his film, Gasland. Image: PA

Why aren’t fracking companies drilling offshore, rather than on land?

1 December 2014 12:08

The city of Denton, Texas, doesn’t often make the news, but last month it did: it became the first city…

Tax collectors at the Exchecquer in Westminster, circa 1150 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

Anti-fracking protestors outside Balcombe in West Sussex earlier this year. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

Presumption against fracking in our beautiful countryside is welcome

28 July 2014 12:12

The government’s announcement today that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save…

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their…

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37

‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy…

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Save on your energy bills with The Spectator – and help fix the broken market

13 June 2014 15:10

In a healthy, competitive market, prices go down when costs go down. Not in the energy market. As Ofgem announced…

Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks…

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Cut your energy bills with The Spectator

6 June 2014 17:05

Here’s something that you won’t read often in The Spectator: Ed Miliband is right. Britain’s energy market is broken, and…

Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks About The NHS

David Cameron’s sacred cows exposed by Freakonomics

16 May 2014 13:30

There’s an interesting bit in the first chapter of Think Like a Freak, (Allen Lane, £12.99), from the Freakonomics duo,…


If you really hate wind farms, David Cameron won’t help you

16 April 2014 14:32

The Prime Minister is planning to cap the total number of onshore wind farms in Britain. But what would limiting…

David Cameron tours a Total shale site in Lincolnshire. (AFP PHOTO/Lindsey Parnaby.)

The potential of shale – in the fight against climate change…

14 April 2014 18:27

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report earlier this morning which contains a remarkable insight. Ottmar…

World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in…

Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

PMQs: who will take credit for SSE’s price freeze?

26 March 2014 11:58

Perhaps both David Cameron and Ed Miliband will try to take credit for SSE’s announcement that it is freezing its…

The government has tied itself in knots about what it does and doesn't want energy suppliers to do. Picture: Getty

How to disempower the Big Six energy companies

22 March 2014 14:25

I believe in free markets, but there are some markets that don’t work properly.  Where competition has not prevailed in…