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  • Guest Blog: Does anyone know where the UK gets its gas from?

    October 30, 2014

    Guest Blog: Does anyone know where the UK gets its gas from?

    Richard Lowes, Energy Policy Group - 30th October 2014. Concerns around UK security of energy supply have been in the headlines recently. On BBC breakfast earlier this week, energy minister Matt Hancock suggested that shale gas exploration could resolve these security problems but also suggested that UK reliance on Russian gas is at a very low level, 1%. In this blog I aim to shed some light on where the UK’s gas actually comes from. Firstly, it’s worth understanding that the upstream gas ‘market’ really is a murky world. It’s certainly more of a market than

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  • It is the Black Fog the Daily Mail needs to worry about, not the Green Blob

    October 27, 2014

    It is the Black Fog the Daily Mail needs to worry about, not the Green Blob

    It is the Black Fog the Daily Mail needs to worry about, not the Green Blob Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 27th October, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell As someone who travels a lot, I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I like and don’t like about Britain. And at the top of the list of likes is British humour. The Daily Mail picture of Parliament being taken over by the Green Blob, as argued by Owen Paterson, seems to me to be quintessentially British – it is a great, memorable, funny rip-off. There

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  • New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    October 22, 2014

    New Thinking: Having your cake and eating it

    Having your cake and eating it: energy companies want profit without risk Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 22nd October, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Having your cake and eating it – energy companies want profits without risk The fire at Didcot electricity gas plant on Sunday night has, as to be expected, led to numerous articles (e.g. here, here, here and here) which argue, when boiled down, to two simple points: (1) that not enough has been done by Government to stimulate investment in the electricity system and as a result we are now dangerously close to having

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  • Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    October 20, 2014

    Submission to DECC Consultation on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement

    University of Exeter Energy Policy Group submission to DECC consultation URN 14S/271: Strategy and Policy Statement: a consultation on the draft statement Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS). This comment is set out in the following way: an introduction to our view; responses to your three questions; and a conclusory section of our view what a SPS should include. Introduction A key criticism of the Draft SPS is that it does not clarify how the Government wishes to prioritise its goals, or how the trade-offs between them

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