A smarter grid: can real-time electricity tariffs reduce both CO2 and bills?

Supplying electricity at a fixed price can have damaging consequences: there must be enough power to meet peak demand, typically early evenings on winter weekdays. Always meeting demand is made harder by weather-dependent intermittent renewables, such as wind and solar. During summer weekends, demand might even be less than the available low carbon, low running cost, generation. […]

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Beyond evidence: should science expect to win the argument?

Campaigners and other participants in politics often advocate the importance of respect for evidence and expertise in policymaking. This is particularly true in the arena of science policy where past and existing policies, from flood mitigation to tackling bovine TB to drugs policy, have been roundly criticised for ignoring the best available evidence. So what […]

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China science: challenges and opportunities for the UK (Autumn conference fringe 2014)

This autumn conference in Glasgow, Aldes is teaming up with the Chinese Liberal Democrats to run a discussion panel on the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s research sector in working with – or having to compete with – the rapid growth of China’s science and technology industry. China now invests over 1.98% of its […]

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Zero-Carbon Britain: Aldes response to consultation document 109

This document is Aldes’s contribution to the Liberal Democrat Policy Consultation Paper 109: “Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain”. The policy paper itself is to be presented to Conference in Sept 2013. We have suggested a format for the final document and have written articles about several policy areas. This is by no means a comprehensive treatment of the subject – this would require more time and resource than Aldes currently has available but it, hopefully, will contribute usefully to the final policy document.

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