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Greenough Society Talk

On the 30th of October REF’s director, Dr John Constable, gave a talk to the Greenough Society at University College London. A low resolution version of the talk slides is available below.

Readers should note that high resolution versions of many of the images can be generated via the REF renewable energy database application 

Speech at Launch of Scientific Alliance Scotland

Dr John Constable was invited by the Scientific Alliance to speak as a guest at the launch of its new branch in Scotland. The text of that talk is in the attachment below.

Cheltenham Science Festival Wind Power Debate

The following address was given by John Constable in Wind Power: The Great Debate on the 13th of June 2012 at the Cheltenham Science Festival, an event held in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Engineering. The motion under consideration was that: “This house believes that Britain should be a fan of wind energy”.

John Constable and the journalist Ben Pile spoke against, while the wind industry consultant Andrew Garrad, Jonathon Porritt, supported the motion. The event was chaired by writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry.A show of hands at before the debate suggested that about 60% supported the motion, and this was unchanged at the conclusion.


Durham Biofuel Conference

REF's director, Dr John Constable, was an invited speaker at Durham University's "Biofuels, Science and Society Conference 2012", which was held on the 27-29th March 2012, at the Holgate Centre, Durham.

Planning and the Rule of Environmental Law

Text of a talk given by Dr John Constable, Director of Renewble Energy Foundation, to the Young UKELA Seminar: Renewables: Regulating the Third Industrial Revolution, held at 39 Essex Street Chambers, 28 February 2012.

Energy & Spatial Planning RTPI

John Constable gave a presentation entitled "Proposed Changes to the Renewables Obligation" at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) East of England Conference on Energy and Spatial Planning on 9 February 2012.

Download this file (jc.rtpi.10.02.12.pdf)RTPI Presentation

Gas, Renewables and Realism

At the kind invitation of the Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies of the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Dr Constable, Policy and Research Director for REF, spoke on European and UK energy policy in the International Lecture Series.

Electricity Prices: Fundamental Drivers and Probable Trends

The next decade is likely to be a period of intensifying difficulties in the UK electricity generation sector, with very tight capacity margins, and extreme dependence on imported gas, supplies of which will be constrained and prices high.