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Fracking has finally arrived in the UK, eight years on from Cuadrilla’s approved licence for shale gas exploration in Lancashire.
Last week the government released details of new areas for drilling applications (including 53 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, backtracking on an earlier promise) and made a surprising announcement to “call-in” local decisions that were taking too long.
- Is fracking even profitable at current gas prices? Energydesk’s profitability analysis for the next six months is looking even worse.
- “Clean energy is inherently more local, more distributed, more accountable.” Bloomberg New Energy Finance CEO, Michael Liebrich, pens a letter about significant changes in the world of clean energy and calls for greater diversity in the energy sector workforce – especially more women.
- The exceptional has become the unexceptional. What was an extraordinarily hot year for the global climate in 1998 now looks rather cool as recent years have continued to break temperature records. 2015 is currently on track to do it again.