Monthly Archives: October 2012

Gas or renewables – we need both for now

Newspaper articles have recently hit out at an apparent willingness of the government to allow more gas-fuelled power plants.  Critics fear this indicates a weakening of support for renewables.  I’m less certain. The UK is way behind many other countries in weaning … Continue reading

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Local Plans – get involved now!

Three times in the last two weeks I have had a chance to comment on what the future balance of homes and open space should be in Derby – and also other spatial-related things like where to put business and how to get … Continue reading

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Take confidence away with you!

“Take away with you the confidence that we have the answer” was Ann Pettifor’s message to attendees at the event I was at yesterday.  The day conference in Derby was about building an economy which works for the majority rather than the minority.  Ann was the driving force … Continue reading

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Longer term energy security

A positive development of the last weeks and months is continuing discussion about security of electricity supplies.   It’s not got to panic levels yet, but it might if we don’t get action rather than talk.  The background is increasingly well-known; our … Continue reading

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