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Shale gas does not have to undermine the green energy revolution

By Malcolm Grimston   April 2014

Energy supply presents three challenges: affordability, reliability and environmental sensitivity. Practical energy policy is a matter of constant re-evaluation of changing circumstances and opportunities.

Ten years ago the US was heavily focused on the threat to secure supplies and (to a lesser extent) the environment, the 2005 Energy Act paving the way for state support for low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels.

And then came recession and shale gas. Suddenly fears of security of supply receded and reducing costs retook centre stage.

The direct and indirect cost to the consumer of using variable renewables is very high. Yet the prediction that…

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