Q: High fuel bills? A: Low energy homes

If you live in the UK then you can’t fail to notice the media clamour, and subsequent political posturing, over the ‘Big Six’ energy companies rising their prices this autumn.   Energy customers are crying out to the political system to do something about raising prices, and politicians are falling over themselves to oblige. Homeowners…


Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 3

The final day of GES 2013 started with Prof. Michael Jefferson giving his keynote address, which you can read here: Prof. Jefferson keynote.  It was an honest (read: depressing) appraisal of how policy has failed to bring about changes in energy generation and consumption over the past 40 years towards something more sustainable. Prof. Jefferson’s…

Carbon budget

Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 2

Where yesterday’s talks focused very much on traditional, or conventional, energy sources such as coal, gas and oil, today’s presentations covered topics on the opportunities (or not) to transition away from high carbon electricity to sources such as nuclear and renewables, and the challenges they face.  Day 2 (theme: The Future of the Electricity System),…

US crude oil production

Global Energy Systems Conference 2013 – Day 1

Someone once said “Better late than never”; I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly!  Especially as it has taken me nearly 2 years since I started my PhD to finally get a science blog going, and more pressingly, over two weeks to finally get around to blogging about the Global Energy Systems Conference (26 – 28 June…