A plague of pylons
A terrifying army of “nude giant girls”. That is how the peerless poet Stephen Spender described the electricity pylons that went up right across Britain in the 1920s.

Now National Grid has erected the first of a new generation of pylons. And to be frank, they are every bit as visually awful. Although shorter than their predecessors, the white “T-pylons” resemble most of all cut-price ski-lift supports.

Electrical Review is pleased to announce the 2015 return of its TTSC (Transformer technology and substations) conference, taking place on 25 June, at  the Andaz hotel in the City of London. For coverage of our last TTSC conference please see http://www.electricalreview.co.uk/videos/469-poweron.

Keep an eye on the Electrical Review website – www.electricalreview.co.uk – for details on speakers. To register please click here. If you would like any further details or would be interested in speaking at the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would be interested in hearing about sponsorship opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you there!



Hot topic

Military spending was a hot topic in the General Election. Specifically the charge that the UK is about to fall foul of NATO guidelines which require each member country to spend at least 2% of Gross Domestic Product on defence. Up until now, the UK has always complied. Cue claims about ‘punching above our weight’. But future projections do show clearly that we will be undershooting from 2016 onwards.

There are really not many votes in spending lots of taxpayers¹ money on military hardware or extra squaddies. But that 2% figure does have real political relevance.

Resist the temptation

There is an almighty great battle growing amongst the august membership of the International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE), even as it heads for its 40th birthday. It is between the present editor of its Journal, Economics of Energy and Environment Policy, Prof Jean-Michel Glachant of the European University in Florence, and the Association’s 73 year old founder, Jim Plummer, formerly a US Republican Party advisor and senior oil company executive with Occidental.

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