Back from Germany for Christmas, & to confront the usual backlog of incoming rubbish in need of attention.
Top of the pile . . . Utility Week, 'your unique guide to the UK and European utility industries', which has done us the service of interviewing one Sarwjit Sambhi, head of power generation at Centrica. So - what does Mr Sambhi have to say ?
He just wants the government to get on with market reform. He wants a market framework that gives generators a fixed level of revenue. Otherwise, he warns, "nothing will be built ... we need guaranteed minimum revenue".
Ordinarily one would have just a very few crisp words for such a miserable pleader, before sending him on his way. Regrettably, however, Chris 'Crapper' Huhne and indeed the whole government seem to swallow this nonsense whole for breakfast each day. So now I must wade through the ocean of dirigiste drivel that is last week's "transformation of the power market" from DECC, a.k.a. the "reform" that Mr Sambhi has been demanding so greedily. Analysis to follow in the coming days.
But . . . there is good news - Alice Cook is back !!!
That, and the fact that CU and BQ have been posting brilliantly during my lamentable period of blog-slacking: there's hope for us all yet.