Westwood Insight – UK CfD Auction: 7 GW supported, but price drop slows

The UK’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme has played a key role in developing the country’s offshore wind industry – 65% of operational and EPCI capacity is now supported by a CfD. Industry experts were closely following the results of the fourth CfD auction; would the scheme remain as popular as in previous years?

Energy Transition Insights – Offsets: why you should look but not touch

March saw Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd launching a carbon offset programme for its Singaporean Caltex brand. It’s a neat idea. Customers feeling queasy about their vehicle emissions can use their petrol pump loyalty points to offset their greenhouse gas footprints through investments in carbon reduction schemes approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), an independent verification programme. Offset schemes such as this hold considerable promise for companies that cannot immediately switch to zero-carbon operations.

Energy Transition Insights – Europe’s need for gas may not be the opportunity you expect

Europe’s recently difficult relationship with Russia took a turn for the worse at the end of last month. Citing a failure to pay for supplies in roubles, Russian energy giant Gazprom halted all exports of gas to Poland and Bulgaria. That action, which the Financial Times described as part of the Putin administration’s “efforts to weaponise energy supplies over the invasion of Ukraine,” added urgency to Europe’s attempts to sever its dependence on Russian fossil fuels.