Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Are small buisnesses getting a rough deal from the big six?

    A recent report by The Federation Of Small Businesses interviewed 1,400 of its members to gain a clearer picture on energy for small businesses.  Worryingly the survey found that 81% of its members said that energy companies 'don't care about their needs'.  What's even more concerning is that two thirds believe it was too difficult for them to switch energy suppliers. So how can we change this?

    A large proportion said that there should be more competition within the market and additionally an easier method of sourcing the best deal. There seems to be a growing trend of concern as the general public als ...
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  • Will the UK be powered by 90% renewables by 2030?

    Following the UN's panel reports, repetitively concluding that if we are going to swerve climate change then we had better switch onto renewable energy rather shortly.

    Currently the UK only meets 5% by renewables, less than a third of the 15% target set for 2020.

    WWF UK reports that by 2030 up to 90% of our energy could come from wind, tidal, solar and other sustainable sources, which potentially could provide us with more than than enough energy to serve our needs. In fact they suggest that we could even be in a position to sell our surplus energy into Europe.

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  • Is the UK becoming Europe’s largest solar-panel market?

    A recent report released by NPD solarbuzz claim that during 2014, the UK is set to become the largest solar market throughout Europe. If this is set to be true it will see Germany drop down from a dominant pole position it has been accustomed to for the past 19 years. The UK has emerged significantly. If we look back to 2009 UK installed solar panels were 0.3% of that installed in Germany. While the focus of recent times may have been around wind generation and a solar subsides dent which the Tories have made, there has been a consistent pressing by the Government and the public who have invested immensely in solar over the past few years. It ha ...
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  • E.on ordered to pay £12m for mis-selling

    Following an investigation by the energy regulator Ofgem, Energy giant E.on has not only received a £12m penalty but large compensation penalties which are likely to be between £4m and £8m.

    A statement from Ofgem said it was the largest penalty in its history by a UK energy supplier.

    Customers were misled by E.on salesman over a three and a half year period, between June 2010 and December 2013. Many customers were astonishingly sold more expensive tariffs than they were previously on with other energy companies. The £12m penalty is expecte ...
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  • UK Solar farms to lose out on Goverment finanical support

    As of next April the Government is cutting its financial support for solar farms under a consultation document published on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

    The proposals which are anticipated to take effect as of next April mean that installations of photovoltaic equipment amassing 5MW or above will no longer be eligible to collect payments though the Renewables Obligation. Beyond April it has been suggested that farms would however receive support under the Read more ...

  • Are we about to crack energy fusion?

    The self-sustaining reaction believed to be 30 years away offering limitless renewable energy from nuclear fusion may not be that far away after all.

    Is it possible for us to harness energy from an earth bound sun? it's a question that has perplexed scientists for more than half a century and is considered one of the great quests in science. Nuclear fusion is the kind of idea that is sure to make your head wobble. The process involves mimicking the mechanism that powers the stars, heating hydrogen atoms to temperatures exceeding 100million degrees Celsius, at which point they fuse into larger helium atoms t ...
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  • Households will pay £4.2 bn too much for their energy bills over the next eight years

    According to one of Britain's biggest energy suppliers, British Gas. Households will pay an eye watering £4.2bn too much for their energy bills over the next eight years.

    British Gas has stated that energy network companies who hold responsibility for the electricity cables and gas pipelines that feed homes from the national grid are charging excessive amounts which is consequently adding to consumers bills. These Network costs already account for £288 of the average bill - Which stands at over a 5th - will rise further in line with inflation over the next eight years. British Gas who collect the charges on behalf of the electricity network firms state that the amounts consumer ...
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  • Four million households owe money to their energy supplier

    It was announced today that four million households owe on average £128 as many struggle to cope with price hikes of almost £800 in the last 10 years.

    It comes as research undertaken by energy comparison site Switch claim that the UK collectively owes £464 million to energy companies.  The average household annual energy bill has increased by £793 over the last 10 years now equating to £1,265 annually. Of course competition amongst energy companies is rife and those willing to supplier are benefitting the most.

    "Millions of households are in debt to energy suppliers and the amount they each owe has risen. This is a clear indication of the extreme pressure families are ...
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  • Have energy companies profited a £2bn windfall from not passing on green levy savings?

    New research claims that the big six energy companies could pocket a cool £2bn windfall over the next 3 years as the government miscalculated a deal to cut green levies. Last yea the government halted green levy charges after energy companies blamed them for their price hikes, so what exactly is happening now?

    In a joint open letter to the Prime Minister from the trade association for the solid wall insulation industry, inca and other energy efficiency groups expressed views that the actual savings to the big six energy companies go far beyond the £35 you have persuaded them to give back to customers equating to a £1-£2bn over the next 3 years.

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