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  • Time to get fracking. No more excuses

    Time to get fracking. No more excuses

    Adam Memon | | Energy
    In a recent Economic Bulletin, we highlighted the challenges facing the UK oil and gas sector. Maturing fields are pushing up decommissioning costs, which tightens margins especially in the context of much lower prices. Alongside this, heavy taxation of the sector remains a burden despite some positive steps take in ...
  • The Triple Challenge facing Britain's Oil and Gas Sector‏

    The Triple Challenge facing Britain's Oil and Gas Sector‏

    Adam Memon | | Energy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To receive it by email, sign up here. Britain’s oil and gas industry contributes about £24 billion in Gross Value Added to the economy and employs approximately 240,000 people directly and within the wider supply chain. Oil and ...
  • Get British energy off the back burner

    Get British energy off the back burner

    Tim Morgan | | Energy
    As shown in a CPS report published yesterday, MPs are again struggling to understand how important it is that Britain remains able to keep the lights on. Now that we're in the election season, it is worth remembering that Labour should have ordered replacement nuclear capacity no later than 1999 ...
  • Why the Saudis want the oil price to keep falling

    Why the Saudis want the oil price to keep falling

    Neil Barnett | | Energy
    Since March we have suggested, and then witnessed, a Saudi-US policy of pushing down oil prices to rein in Russia. Nevertheless, Saudi motives in doing this have mystified many observers. On the face of it, this mystery ended on 22nd December when the Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi gave a ...
  • Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

    Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

    Neil Barnett | | Energy
    In March the Centre for Policy Studies published my paper, Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon Against Russia. The report suggested that the best means of stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine was for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and depress oil prices. The logic behind the strategy is that Russia ...
  • Britain must act on water security

    Britain must act on water security

    Angeliki Terpou | | Energy
    This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Water security is defined as having sustained, reliable and safe access to ...
  • Britain’s Deteriorating Energy Security and Why We Must Frack

    Britain’s Deteriorating Energy Security and Why We Must Frack

    Angeliki Terpou | | Energy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To read the full bulletin, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Renewed concerns over European energy dependency on Russia means the question of energy ...
  • We need a Plan B... on energy policy

    We need a Plan B... on energy policy

    Tony Lodge | | Energy
    Tony Lodge is a leading energy analyst and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies. Since 2007, he has consistently warned of the imminent energy crunch in his CPS papers including Clean Coal: a clean, secure and affordable alternative, Wind Chill: Why wind energy will not fill the UK’s energy gap, Step ...
  • Why the Chancellor must abandon the Carbon Price Support

    Why the Chancellor must abandon the Carbon Price Support

    Tony Lodge | | Energy
     It will penalise UK industry, and lose UK jobs and investment (particularly in manufacturing industry)It will add £25 a year to average UK fuel bills and drive 30,000 to 60,000 households into fuel povertyIt will not have a significant impact on overall carbon emissionsThe proposalThe UK is currently part of ...
  • Davey joins the table in the Coalition's gamble with UK energy policy

    Davey joins the table in the Coalition's gamble with UK energy policy

    Tony Lodge | | Energy
    Writing in the early May edition of Liberal Democrat News the new Lib Dem Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, declared, “I was astonished to learn that we still get around a third of our electricity from coal and those power stations are coming to the end of their life, as are ...
  • A response to Tim Yeo

    A response to Tim Yeo

    Lord Lawson | | Energy
    Following on from our online debate "Is there a valid economic case for 'going green' in an 'age of austerity'?", Lord Lawson hits back at Tim Yeo in the final part of the debate.As President of the Renewable Energy Association, described on its website as “The voice of the renewables ...