A look back at the British experience of price regulation in the past and how I think the policy landscape shifted back to price regulation
France faces a crossroads in its politics. What does this mean for UK energy?
Some thoughts on what Europe's influence will be on US LNG exports.
[Featured image source] Town gas - then and now The Empire Exhibition was held in Wembley, 1924, North London. In a poster advertising that exhibition, the muck and soot of coal was transformed into a clean and glowing figure of a healthy man - representing natural gas. As recent as 60-odd years ago, British society … Continue reading Gas comes full circle
Deploying a large volume of renewables remains the cheapest approach to decarbonisation even when accounting for system integration costs, according to a study by E3G The report highlights an 'increasing body of evidence' showing that the power system could operate securely and at least cost with more than 50% of demand being met from renewables. … Continue reading Renewables are the cheapest way to decarbonise even when you account for system costs
In figures recently released by WindEurope, the progress that Europe made is well highlighted. At the turn of the century, new renewable power installations accounted for less than 3GW - no more than 20% of installed capacity that year. This is even more shocking when you consider the lower capacity factors of renewable technology of that time. It … Continue reading A record 90% of new power capacity in the EU was renewable last year
I've been publishing a note on this every week, and it's about time I wrap it up. So, here are my overall thoughts. Israel, with a low starting resource base, and significant influx of strong human capital, has historically focused on drivers of economic development that made best use of its situation. These included innovative … Continue reading Thoughts on the Israeli economy 7/7
Gas sector? Note: this was written in 2015 What is currently not a driver of the Israeli economy is export-based trade of natural resources. Historically, given its small size and not ideal location, Israel was not been blessed with raw materials or naturally occurring resources in abundance. However, this is potentially about to change, with … Continue reading Thoughts on the Israeli economy 6/7
TOURISM Tourism is not one of the main pillars upon which Israel’s economy rests, but a notable part of it nonetheless. It is a country with multiple religious, natural and cultural attractions concentrated in a relatively small area with high levels of infrastructure, all of which make it a popular destination. What makes it so … Continue reading Thoughts on the Israeli economy 5/7
HIGH TECH AND INNOVATIVE SECTORS The high-tech industry that has come to play such a central role in the progression of the Israeli economy must first be defined. A high-tech business can broadly be defined as one that relies quite heavily on innovation in science and technology. Chorev and Anderson say: “The characteristics of high-tech … Continue reading Thoughts on the Israeli economy 4/7