Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker is a journalist who specialises in the energy sector

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Amber Rudd

New UK Government should mean more fracking, nuclear power and offshore wind farms

The appointment of Amber Rudd as Energy Secretary is being seen as a statement of intent by the Chancellor George Osborne

Could Tesla's battery storage pack change the way we use energy?

North East experts react to Elon Musk's energy storage technology

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda

Anti-fracking protestors gather

UK onshore oil and gas reserves are being wasted, industry says

Environmentalists oppose fracking and further use of fossil fuels, but industry says an opportunity is being missed

Shell handout photo of Ben van Beurden (left), CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and Andrew Gould

Shell's takeover of BG Group offers opportunities and challenges for the North East

What does Shell’s proposed takeover of the BG Group tell us about the current state of the oil and gas industry in an era of ongoing low oil prices? Peter McCusker reports

An oil field

Climate change raises pressure for divestment from fossil fuels

Pressure is growing for energy firms to pull back from getting fossil fuels out of the ground - but energy needs remain

Murchison oil field

Decommissioning of North Sea oil infrastructure is opportunity for the region

Last year saw the spend on decommissioning top £1bn for the first time

Tekmar Energy CEO James Ritchie

North East experts ask if falling energy prices could lead to a push-back against renewables?

North East experts examine if rising costs of fossil fuels and a slump in oil prices will curtail development of renewables?

Freddy Shepherd and Bruce Shepherd at Shepherd Offshore's Neptune Yard

Shepherd Offshore Neptune Energy Park: Innovation is key word at £17m centre

Despite the oil price slump the North East’s subsea sector is building for a successful, long-term future

From left: Bill Laurie, general manager at OGN; Dennis Clark, OGN chairman and Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

North East offshore supply chain offered a lifeline after Budget but there are still concerns for the future

North East experts say there was a lot in the Budget to encourage the beleaguered industry but raise concerns about investor confidence


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