Energy

Interview: Centrica CEO, Iain Conn, on the energy price cap

12 October 2017 8:21

Theresa May had wanted Ofgem to introduce a energy price cap: it said this would require new legislation and today…

Time and technology are overtaking the arguments for Hinckley Point

18 September 2017 11:08

The price of offshore wind power has halved, making those giant inshore turbine arrays we love to hate look competitive…

EDF hikes energy prices for second time this year

12 April 2017 12:15

I’m really tired of being ripped off. Whether it’s council tax hikes, parking charges or bus tickets (a ten minute…

The flawed thinking at the heart of the renewable energy swindle

5 April 2017 12:14

A new report revealing that using wood pellets to generate electricity can actually speed up global warming should be the final…

Crackdown on catch-up energy bills: Ofgem loses its patience with energy providers

4 April 2017 11:51

Like many households, my electricity meter is not in a terribly accessible spot. Reaching said meter requires a short stepladder…

Want to save money on your energy bill? Try a small supplier

28 March 2017 11:35

For a long time, the energy market has been dominated by six giants: British Gas, EDF, E.ON, npower, SSE and…

How to beat rising energy bills

16 February 2017 14:34

With the winter chill showing no sign of letting up any time soon, it’s even more depressing that some of…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…