My name's René Lavanchy. I'm a freelance journalist specialising in infrastructure, particularly financing, funding, procurement and policy. This blog parades a little of what I know (more here).
I've written about infrastructure for The Guardian, Total Politics magazine, Private Eye magazine and Modern Railways magazine amongst others. I also help out a certain corporate entity with it. Previously I was a senior reporter at Infrastructure Journal and a political/industrial/policy reporter at Tribune magazine.
I'm always interested in hearing about freelance writing and other opportunities. You can contact me at rene dot lavanchy at googlemail dot com.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Following up on the news that the UK is to have a new nuclear power station built for a cool £16 billion (US$25.87bn) (see below), I’ve been taking views on the subject and have come to an interesting conclusion: I … Continue reading
While important, there doesn’t seem to be very much surprising about yesterday’s announcement from the UK government about the agreement for EDF and friends to finance, build and operate a nuclear power plant. (As I said below, they will get … Continue reading
The more I hear about the imminent agreement between the UK government and EDF Energy over the guaranteed price of electricity from their planned new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, the more controversial the deal seems to be. Here I’m going to … Continue reading
In the UK, the news headlines yesterday were about gas and electricity suppliers putting up prices and the problem – both political and financial – of how policymakers can keep down the cost of living while ensuring that energy utilities make … Continue reading
The UK has considerable infrastructure needs for the next two or three decades which aren’t set to be paid for by the taxpayer – not unless one of the two main political parties decides to take on massively more public … Continue reading
It is not only “the establishment”, “the Treasury” and “the CBI*” who don’t support London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans for a new giant London airport, as Boris himself said in an interview with the Financial Times last week. It’s private capital. Even … Continue reading