Big European electricity utilities are facing an existential crisis. How did this happen and what should they do?

For most consumers, the revolution that is taking place in the energy markets has been hidden from view. They still get reliable electricity from the grid, with which to power their homes and businesses. Everything seems the same. Behind the scenes, however, the world is changing rapidly and electricity utilities – the centralised power companies More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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The renewables and battery revolution. What history teaches us about the future.

The advent of cheap renewable energy and battery storage has already started to change the world. It is not an exaggeration to call this change a “revolution”. Some companies and countries will make it through More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Hinkley Point decision is really about China and Brexit

Brexiteers were worried that cancelling Hinkley could impact on one of their cherished goals – a trade agreement with China to help justify Brexit. Much ink has been spilled about why Prime Minster May’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Why do we hate wind energy?

Great cartoon by Hellerton says a lot about the irrational fear of wind energy.  Look at all of the alternatives!    More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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The Impact of Shale Gas on Renewables

A new report by Citi Research suggests that shale gas will be a short lived phenomenon as solar power cost reductions will drive conventional power out of the market. History Future Now wrote about the Ponzi-scheme More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, January 7th, 2013
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Who are the losers in the energy revolution?

If you own shares in energy companies that are not focusing on solar energy, you should consider selling now, while people are still half asleep, and start buying into energy companies that do focus on solar. There More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Dealing with the consequences of climate chance inaction: the impact of food

In a previous article History Future Now admitted defeat: climate change is happening and there is no viable political solution which will enable us to stop it from getting worse.  Global average temperatures will More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Cassandra: time to give up on predicting climate change?

Most History Future Now readers will be familiar with Homer’s epic of the Iliad, written about 2,800 years ago.   Few will have actually read the poem, most will have a vague idea about the plot and many More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 25th, 2012
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Establishing a price floor for energy

Capitalism is a wonderful system for providing pricing signals to businesses to produce more or less of a particular product. If demand for the new iPad mini is strong, Apple will order its suppliers to produce More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Tar Sands in Canada are worlds third-largest oil reserve with 173billion untouched barrels | Mail Online

The Tar Sands project in Alberta, near the centre of Canada, is controversial.  The UK’s Daily Mail, a paper that typically scorns environmental issues as the ravings of socialists, has a powerful set of More...