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‘Change is Coming’ – Speech at the Bristol Green Capital Summit

I’ve been in the renewables business now for almost 20 years now and I’ve been fortunate to work with the very best in the industry.  One of these being Andrew Garrad who has in fact worked in the industry longer than me, a career spanning over 30 years.  We have become allies within the industry and our […]

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Creating a carbon free energy world

A call for leadership on carbon abatement at COP21

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Go Green and re-float the World

Here below is a synopsis of a speech I gave in Farmleigh on Wed, 11 December to the ‘Sustainability Gathering’. 

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Leadership in Agriculture: Personal Journey

Speech below presented to the Nuffield Scholars at the Nuffield Ireland Autumn Conference in Mount Wolseley, Co. Carlow on Friday 08 November 2013.

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How competitive is wind energy compared to the others?

You all have heard it said that wind energy needs subsidies to compete with other forms of electricity generation.  We have often written on this subject before, and it seems appropriate to restate the arguments.

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The truth about wind power

Some recent press coverage on wind turbines calls for correction of the mis-statements made in these articles.

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Reducing cost of offshore wind in the UK

There are two strategies for reducing the cost of offshore wind in the UK.  Easy to state and, in fact, easy to implement.  They are:

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Energy Bridge and employment: Renewable energy for GDP growth:

Much talk has been engaged in concerning the employment impact of the transition to renewables.  We here in these two large islands have not been particularly successful in translating wind initiatives into manufacturing employment.  We persisted with competitive systems until 2004 while Germany, Denmark and Spain went with the fixed price feed in tarrif (refit) […]

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Grid parity and solar PV

In my last blog we explored the question about grid parity for wind power.  As the question seems to have been invented by consultants for solar PV, we deal with it here.

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How cheap is new wind energy?

It seems to be a fashionable question to ask these days:  “when will renewable energy reach grid parity?” (Q1)

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