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  • May 11, 2022

The HC Insider Podcast | Ep 95 Europe’s Energy Crisis with Gerard Reid


Europe is in an #energycrisis. Power prices have quadrupled, governments have scrambled to provide liquidity to markets and subsidize households. And for the moment, gas is still flowing from Russia. How did we get to this state? What are the impacts and short-term consequences? Can Europe navigate to the “whole of Europe response” needed or could this test the political union to breaking point? What does this mean for European energy traders and markets and what are the solutions? Paul Chapman is joined by  our guest Gerard Reid, energy and renewables investment banker and economist and co-host of the Redefining Energy  Energy podcast.


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Matt Chester on May 11, 2022

Such an important and timely topic. The big question I have: are we going to have enough of a 'memory' to use this as motivation to actually change? It hasn't happened sufficiently in the past, but perhaps now it's happening at the right time that technologies and markets can respond. 

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Julian Jackson on May 27, 2022

I was immediately struck by how counterproductive "Energy Sanctions"  would be, and we've predictably seen blowback. My own country, the UK, has been particularly short-sighted in its energy policy: cancelling the first Tidal Lagoon, banning onshore wind, and downsizing natural gas storage, which seemed to me to be ill-thought-out. At the top level, most politicians seem incapable of rational decision making, which makes this crisis worse.

I've come round to thinking that some sort of small, modular nuclear power (possibly thorium/molten salt reactors) will be needed to cover the load management gap between renewables and baseload power. It would also add to energy security.

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