It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more

UK renewables outlook: sunny with some clouds on the horizon

For most, the sunny bank holiday prompted no more than the usual signs of a mini Spring heatwave: barbecued sausages, beer-garden-pints and embarrassing sunburn. But for energy wonks, it caused celebration as yet another low-carbon record was broken. On Sunday, solar PV hit its highest ever share of the UK’s power mix, generating up toRead more

The winds of change – How offshore wind is set to dominate the UK’s energy landscape and what this auction means for the future of CfDs

The game has changed Monday’s CfD auction winners’ announcement revealed that two new offshore wind farms, with a capacity of 2336MW between them, would be able to generate energy at a strike price (the price that Government will guarantee to pay) of just £57.50 per MWh. To put this into perspective, DONG Energy’s Hornsea 1Read more

Government shows its hand on the future of energy

Greg Clark’s Faraday Challenge announcement this week to fund £246m of battery innovation is a marked shift away from the Cameron-Osborne free market agenda. It indicates that the industrial strategy is more than just talk. This is an emerging market and the standards haven’t yet been established. It is now clear that politics will playRead more

Where next for energy investors?

Potential price cap and consumer measures At the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, the Prime Minister signalled her intention to take further measures to bring down energy prices for consumers. Backbench Tory MP John Penrose has suggested a relative price cap which would limit the difference companies were allowed to charge between their cheapest deals and theirRead more

We’ll SCI how this goes down

Earlier this month, Ofgem launched a new Supplier Cost Index (SCI). This new report replaces the Supply Market Indicator, which suffered from reliability issues. The SCI will track the ongoing trends in the energy supply market, revolving around the main elements that energy suppliers face. This update will be published on a quarterly basis, andRead more

The political year ahead: WA report on the main political issues of 2014

We’ve published a report, The Political Year Ahead, which covers the main political issues facing in 2014.  You’ll be able to find it through this link. This year is the year of political risk. The May European and local elections, September’s Scottish Independence Referendum, key questions about the economy and living standards and the possibility of anotherRead more