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 a blow for Britain

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, 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 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 Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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If you switched the US annual budget for its fleet in the Persian Gulf to solar PV, you could provide free electricity to all of the US

If you switched the US budget for its fleet in the Persian Gulf to solar PV, you could provide free electricity to all of the US.  The US used 3,856 billion kWh of electricity in 2011.  Assume for the sake of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Why do we need the military? Securing energy supplies and trade routes

History Future Now looks at our military expenditure and asks two basic questions:  first, what is the purpose of the military and second, if we did things differently would we need to spend so much on the military? More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, August 11th, 2012
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Renewable energy: victim of subsidy discrimination?

Why does renewable energy get criticised for receiving subsidies that are far smaller than subsidies and expenditure on other sectors of the economy?  History, Future. Now. examines why this bias exists from a More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, August 10th, 2012
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Grid parity for solar photovoltaics in Spain today

Last month we wrote how the cost of solar photovoltaics had dropped to such a low point that it was now possible to develop solar projects in the sunnier parts of Spain without any government support. This piece More...