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Articles from ncg members. For news articles before 2014, see the news archive.
Westminster has failed to control rising electricity and gas prices. Between 1997 and 2013, UK households saw combined electricity and gas prices rise by 54% in real terms. In contrast, family income has fallen in real terms by approximately 7% over this period. Little wonder families are under financial pressure.
By Prof Peter Strachan & Prof Alex Russell
The Conversation, 10th June 2014
Could photosynthesis solve the world’s energy problems?
By Peter Forbes
The Guardian, 22nd May 2014
Opponents of nuclear power rightly focus on issues of cost, operational danger and waste disposal. But they should not forget the towering ‘elephant in the room’ – nuclear security and the risk of proliferation and terrorist attacks.
By Dr David Lowry
The Ecologist, 2nd May 2014
The twin goals of UK energy policy should be to ensure security of supply for households and businesses, and to ensure the electricity we use is affordable. Unfortunately, the current UK coalition government is failing on both fronts.
By Prof Peter Strachan
The Conversation, 16th April 2014
As the European Commission considers the £100 billion subsidy package the UK has offered EDF to build and operate Hinkley C nuclear power station. The ‘deal’ is illegal, anti-renewables, and ruinous to energy users and tax payers.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
The Ecologist, 8th April 2014
A communal response from a very large set of key UK and pan-EU energy policy and civil society stakeholders.
By Dr Paul Dorfman et al
Nuclear Consulting Group, 4th April 2014
Mark Lynas’s latest pro-nuclear tome is ‘gratifyingly short’ and reasonably open-minded. But Lynas falls into the trap of seeing nuclear technologies as fast developing, while renewables are stuck – when the reverse is the case!
By Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 26th March 2014
Those planning the UK’s first nuclear reactors in decades cannot ignore the costs and delays to plants in Finland and France.
By Dr Peter Wynn Kirby
The Guardian, 25th March 2014
Opinion: European Commission is right to demand Ed Davey and the Coalition re-thinks on nuclear power
In October 2013, Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey set out his arguments for reversing his long-held antipathy to nuclear power. On behalf of the Coalition, he is applying to the European Commission to ensure that the measures he is promoting – to ensure construction of the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation – are compatible with the Single Market.
By Andrew Warren
Liberal Democrat Voice, 23rd March 2014