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  • 8
    Apr
    Monday 8th April 2024
    The expression turning a blind eye is associated with Nelson and the battle of Copenhagen. Faced with a military order he disagreed with, he put his telescope to his blind eye and claimed he couldn’t see any such order.
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  • 25
    Mar
    Monday 25th March 2024
    They do say the cheapest form of energy is that which we save. And for years the ‘fabric first’ approach has been front and centre of UK energy policy thinking. Sadly, under the current government, that’s no more.
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  • 18
    Mar
    Monday 18th March 2024
    These words are immortalised in the film Apollo 13, based on the true story of that mission and have been used ever since to warn of impending failure.
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  • 11
    Mar
    Monday 11th March 2024
    Last week I mentioned being disappointed at the outcome of a recent APPG meeting in Westminster.
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  • 4
    Mar
    Monday 4th March 2024
    There’s a school of thought, which has some merit, that the priority sectors for using hydrogen should be energy intensive industry or process feedstock.
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  • 26
    Feb
    Monday 26th February 2024
    Unnoticed by many, the House of Lords was told by the former chief economist to the IMF that there was a “substantial fiscal cost to anything close to net zero”.
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  • 19
    Feb
    Monday 19th February 2024
    I can only imagine what it must be like to stand on top of a podium, draped in the Union Flag, national anthem playing as my Olympic gold medal hangs proudly around my neck.
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  • 12
    Feb
    Monday 12th February 2024
    My first proper job was working in a large office with, it’s fair to say, some seasoned staff.
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  • 5
    Feb
    Monday 5th February 2024
    Two different events last week brought home some stark truths about the gas industry and gas networks in particular. Firstly, the “Winter Warmer” reception of the Parliamentary Energy Studies Group on Wednesday evening.
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  • 29
    Jan
    Monday 29th January 2024
    A major weakness in the current policy towards heat decarbonisation was exposed last week.
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  • 22
    Jan
    Monday 22nd January 2024
    Last Friday was the closing day for the Ofgem consultation on energy bill standing charges. My instinct is that the majority of respondents will have supported their abolition. I’d be interested to know how many energy retailers did, very few I suspect.
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  • 15
    Jan
    Monday 15th January 2024
    Sorry to appear to be jumping on the bandwagon, but if you haven’t seen the TV drama “Mr Bates v The Post Office”, then you should.
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  • 8
    Jan
    Monday 8th January 2024
    Firstly, Happy New Year to you all. I hope you managed to get a break from work over the Christmas period and you are all feeling revived and ready for the challenges of 2024.
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  • 18
    Dec
    Monday 18th December 2023
    I’m writing my blog from a train leaving London having given evidence to the ESNZ Select Committee.
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  • 11
    Dec
    Monday 11th December 2023
    After lobbying for change, very publicly on his TV show, it seems Martin Lewis has at least succeeded in getting the energy regulator to concede to consulting on whether or not to scrap the standing charge element of consumer bills.
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  • 4
    Dec
    Monday 4th December 2023
    In 1914, at the outbreak of war, the British Foreign Secretary said that ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’.
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