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Month: March 2018

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The Case for Nationalising Energy

It was with great interest that I read Jeremy Corbyn’s, (the leader of the UK’s opposition) recent speech to the Alternative Models of Ownership Conference. Much of his speech was about the Labour Party’s pledge to ‘bring energy, rail, water, and mail into public ownership’ which got me thinking about whether this makes economic sense … Continued

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The Bosch Solar complex

The Bosch Solar complex and why they and the wider investor community should not be comparing batteries to solar

Bosch was one of the first global industrial players to actively invest into solar. They saw the huge growth opportunity. They bought some very interesting businesses such as Ersol, Aleo Solar and Johanna Solar. However, they could not make any of them work and exited solar production some years ago, having lost over €3bn. Painful … Continued

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Alexa Capital hosts roundtable lunch discussion on virtual power plants

The partners of Alexa Capital hosted an executive roundtable lunch for a strategic discussion on virtual power plants including perspectives from high level CEO’s from the Energy Sector. Attendees included c-level executives from Aggreko plc, Alpiq, Energy2market, Endeco Technologies, Exelon, Gridserve, Infrared Capital, I Squared Capital, Origami Energy, UK Power Networks among others.   If you … Continued

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Bruce Huber speaks at UK Prosperity 2018 conference (London)

Prosperity UK was founded in 2017 by Sir Paul Marshall and Lord Hill of Oareford to encourage leaders from business, universities and policy-making to look constructively at Britain’s future outside the European Union. UK Prosperity is supported by Michael Gove and a host of cross-party politicians with an ambition is to build a strong, balanced … Continued

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Coming soon the Amazon of Energy

Coming soon the Amazon of Energy

What platforms like Amazon, WhatsApp, Spotify and Facebook have taught over the last years is that size matters and that once such a business reaches a certain scale, they produce customer benefits that cannot be matched by smaller platforms, often described as “network effects”. These businesses then have almost monopoly power and their access to … Continued

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