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  • Energy Future From the National Grid

    Very recently the National Grid published details on their future energy scenarios guide which director Cordi O'Hara, believes can be used as a very useful instrument by the industry in particularly harsh times. Energy have very much been under the spotlight in recent times with every maneuver companies making intensely scrutinised. Whilst many have suggested what the National Grid perhaps should or shouldn't be doing, they have preserved their voice up until this week.

    A hint of the future is delightfully useful in many sectors but within the energy industry less so. There ...
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  • Yorkshire power plant secures £238m for carbon capture

    A carbon capture power plant has been approved on the land next to the 426 MW Drax power plant near Selby, North Yorkshire. Drax is the UK's largest power station after securing £238m through European Union funding to assemble a power plant named the White Rose. It is believed that up to 90% of it's carbon dioxide emissions would be captured and secured deep below the North sea. In addition it's estimated that the operation would supply enough energy to over 630,00 homes.

    But should all this money be better spent on renewable energy such as wind or solar?

    It is thought that Friends Of The Earth firmly stand by. The white rose developers insist however, that ...
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  • £1m to help vulnerable customers slash their energy bills

    Thanks to Government funding the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is providing up to £1million through the Big Energy Saving Network.

    Grants are now accessible to Community organisations, councils, charities and social landlords. Each grant is worth up to £5,000 and will enable energy saving advice projects to customers having difficulty understanding or accessing information on how they can save money on their energy bills and further reducing their carbon footprint. These projects could oversee advice fr ...
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  • British Gas and Sainsbury's join mis-selling scandal

    British Gas has become the latest of the Big Six energy companies to be smeared by misleading thousands of customers via face to face sales.

    The UK's largest energy supplier has confirmed that they will be paying out compensation to all their customers whom were supplied with incorrect data when switching onto their tariffs branded as Sainsbury's Energy But provided by British Gas team members through a partnership deal. It has now become apparent that the company misled an estimated 4,300 customers, through being given inaccurate information about the savings they were likely to make. The energy supplier has now paid an estimated £500,000 ...
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  • Full competition investigation into UK energy market

    The UK energy market has been immensely under the spotlight over the past year, with Ofgem today announcing that the industry is to under go an entire investigation from the Competition and Market Authority. Although this has been on the running since March earlier this year it has only today been made official. But we have to ask the question, what will this mean to the millions of customers right across the UK?

    The investigation should ensure that competitions works sympathetically for customers through bringing down prices whilst flurrying improvements in customer service and development. Additionally it should help reinstall long over due confidence for investment into the ene ...
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  • Ibiza unites against the oil hungry

    The waters which surround the party island are currently a world heritage site. With politicians, tourist chiefs and conservationists all adamant that the plans to drill in to the sea must be stopped.

    Whilst Ibiza is well known for it's party atmosphere, hosting a cluster of world famous clubs and attracting over 600,000 UK citizens each year, Ibiza is in fact also home to two national parks and is considered of such ecological importance that the UN designated the Balearic island and its surrounding waters a world heritage site.

    The campaign 'Ibiza says No' is being immen ...
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  • At last, switching energy supplier will be quicker and easier

    Finally, efforts to provide more control to consumers with their own energy providers and tariffs has been fruitful. From an agreement by the regulator Ofgem and energy suppliers it will now be possible to switch energy providers to just 3 days with a 14 day cooling off period. Surely this will encourage consumers to switch more regularly meaning lower costs and reduced energy bills.

    If this wasn't enough, Ofgem have promised a next day switching mechanic by 2018. This is fantastic news for consumers who have felt cornered into their current energy tariffs for far too long. ...
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  • Consumer group Which? questions green energy subsides

    The leading consumer group Which? has warned the secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davies that his proposed green energy subsidy scheme may not be true value for money, which encourages higher cost energy projects such as off shore wind farms.

    Which? group recently wrote a letter to treasury officials reflecting growing concerns about expensive generation projects being prioritised over far cheaper and cost-effective choices. This comes only one day after energy regulator Read more ...

  • Energy companies under fire to slash energy bills after dramatic plumpet in wholesale cost

    Energy regulator Ofgem claims that the wholesale energy price for electricity and gas are 23% and 38% cheaper in comparison to this time last year. The big six have come under scrutiny from both the regulator and consumer groups to cut energy prices after a dramatic decline in wholesale costs.

    It's concerning that even with the plummet in wholesale prices, the big six show no sign of reducing energy bills or even having the courtesy of explaining to customers why they were not doing so?

    In a letter to the industry Ofgem added that whilst the UK's energy firms are quick to ...
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  • George Osbourne accused of worsening climate change with £2.7bn Tax break

    Earlier today Friends Of The Earth reported that chancellor George Osbourne has in fact handed out £2.7bn in incentives to the big polluters of large oil and gas companies located in the North Sea.

    Economics Campaigner at Friends of the Earth David Powell said: "The Chancellor falls over himself to claim renewable energy is expensive, while bending over backwards to offer oil barons massive tax breaks."

    So what is going on? With large subsides planned to encourage fracking and ever continuing cuts to subsidies for wind and solar energy farms Mr Osbourne has come under immen ...
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