Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Calls for energy market inquiry

    Consumer group Which? and FSB (Federation Of Small Businesses) is calling for an investigation into the broken energy market. The two groups have recently written a joint letter to Ofgem outlining the issues and claim 9 out of 10 consumers believe it needs probing.

    The "big six" energy companies supply almost 95% of the domestic market and 70% of the UK's electricity is generated by the companies, said Which? director Richard Lloyd. "What we're saying to regulators is: 'You haven't addressed the uncompetitive nature of the wholesale market'," he added.

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  • George Osbourne Killing off Britain's renewable energy revolution

    Recently in delivering the budget George Osbourne has abolished a key tax break in such a manner that is almost entirely went  unnoticed by journalists and environmentalists, which has attracted several hundred millions of pounds of private money to help enhance Britain's green energy future.

    Fastened away in the little red book the ROC scheme is the major one. it underlies all solar, wind and other renewable technologies within the UK. The tax breaks had been available to all investors who put money into start-up companies. It's predicted that many funds would have to be handed back to investors if they had not diploid into wind or solar projects by then.

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  • Tidal lagoon power significantly cheaper than wind

    Up to three tidal lagoons could be in operation in Britain by 2021 producing low carbon power at cheaper prices than wind.

    Initially the company proposes to construct the first of its kind at Swansea Bay in south Wales, They say that it could produce power for about £100 per megawatt hour (MWh). These plans were accepted for consideration by the Government's Planning Inspectorate. Tidal Lagoon hopes that construction will immense in 2015 and that power will be generated by 2018.

    "This study clearly demonstrates that tidal lagoons can rapidly become one of the cheapest sources of electricity in the UK. The more water we impound, the more power we produce, th ...
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  • Fracking and water pollution - We can learn from the US

    The US can offer lessons: Water pollution from drilling confirmed In at least 4 states casting huge doubt over safety of boom

    It has been reported that dead fish have been found lying scattered in the dry silt of Lake Arrowhead. One of the prime sources of water for the City of Wichita Falls Texas.

    Water is a crucial but controversial resource for the fracking industry which is booming in the US. Despite enormous media coverage on the topic, many factors remain badly understood by policymakers and even the business community itself. Water sourcing and pollution risks are deep concerns that could threaten not only the industry's viability but more importantl ...
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  • Bez from Happy Mondays Concerns About Fracking

    I went along to the fracking protest at Barton Moss to lend my support because of the deep concerns I have about environmental issues. If we sit back and allow fracking to happen in Salford and Manchester, any idea of a permaculture society will end with it. I am standing as an MP to draw attention to the debate because I believe fracking is unsafe technology and the damage it could do environmentally. Would be irreversible.

    The actions form police across many demonstrations mean that protesters are scared to show solidarity with the people who are trying to protect the site. They have made it impossible for people to protest safely. I strive to give these people a voice. If you ar ...
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  • Households in line for boost in power cut compensation

    In the wake of the recent storms many households were left without power. Many will now be entitled to higher compensation payouts.

    Ofgem said it was would also be investigating both companies, SSE and UK Power Networks, for their slow response in reinstating electricity supplies throughout the recent extreme weather, of which almost one million homes across Britain suffered power cuts. Just over £10 million is now due to be paid out to customers cut off over the Christmas period. However only £2 million of that has been required under industry rule ...
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  • Energy Prices Could Rise If Ukraine Deteriates Into War

    Mr Davey, the energy sectary has warned energy companies that they must not use the current crisis as an excuse to inflate bills. It has been suggested that if they buy their gas in advance this should cushion them from short term spikes. Currently Russia supplies 30% of gas into Europe. Experts predict that should sanctions be imposed or more worryingly if war breaks out that there would be a significant rise in prices across the continent.

    Mr Davey who spoke on BBC One earlier today said 'The companies tend to buy their gas 18 months in advance. So they shouldn't be using it as an excuse to put up people's prices. Mr Davey stated that the risk of inflated gas prices showed the ne ...
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