UK Energy

What's Stopping You?

Anna Margolis | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Margolis

So, you're finally waking up to the fact that there's more to life than what you've been living - Tick! You're beginning to see yourself, others and the world in a different and more meaningful way - Tick!

Labour Threatens To Shut Down Energy Firms That Rip You Off

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

A Labour government would give a new energy regulator the power to revoke energy companies' licences to help protect the interests of the public, the ...

Your Energy Bill May Be So High Due To Too Much Red Tape

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

Energy prices may have been driven so high due to the amount of regulation piling costs on energy firms and holding back competition, a group of forme...

The Quickest Way to Lose a Customer - Treat Them Badly

Robert Williams | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Robert Williams

Business leaders of course know the golden rule that "the customer is always right" but this isn't always filtering down to some members of staff. And sometimes, it won't even be their fault, simply the consequence of circumstance.

Energy Bosses Now Risk Jail Time For Rigging Energy Prices

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics

Energy bosses will now face up to two years in jail if convicted of manipulating energy prices for their own gain, Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey h...

Smart Grids: A Cleaner Planet, a Smarter Planet

Peter Rolton | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Last week, Rolton Group proudly hosted the launch of the latest CTF report, which explores the vital role of a smart grid in the UK. I was invited by Dan Byles MP to open the event, and in my introductory speech I explained why the advent of the smart grid is of such importance for businesses and consumers alike:

Energy Giants To Pay Millions More For Leaving You In The Dark

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK

Regulator Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million after a probe into how they handled l...

Sustaining the Energy Sector in an Independent Scotland

Peter Rolton | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The 18th September is now just over two months away, and as the two camps make their final push in persuading Scottish nationals either to stay put in the UK or run from it as quickly as humanly possible, it seems worth taking stock of what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.

Why Energy-Neutral Living is no Longer a Dream for Millions of Europeans

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Delft University of Technology has devised a 'game-changing' new method to convert what are often historic buildings into modern energy-efficient structures without major renovation... the possibility of energy-neutral, sustainable urban living is no longer a dream for millions of people right across the continent.

Europe Is Missing Out on a Huge Climate Opportunity - And €2.4Billion a Year in Energy Savings

John Webster | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
John Webster

The next big win for the planet may not be a field of solar panels or a new emissions cap. It may well be people themselves, motivated to become better climate stewards than their neighbours down the block.

Energy Efficiency's Strength In Numbers

Paul King | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Paul King

Reports on how to tackle the UK's ageing, energy inefficient and hard to heat homes are, it would appear, like buses. You wait ages for one to show up...

Switching off the Power to Keep the Lights Switched On

Peter Rolton | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Successive governments have categorically failed to listen to the warning signs vocalised by the very industry whose co-operation they're now relying on to prevent blackouts, an industry that has watched with increasing anxiety as spare capacity drops ever closer to zero...

Is Your Energy Consistently Low? Are You Feeling Burnt Out? If So Read On, You're Not Alone...

Oliver Gray | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Gray

The modern way in which we are living is filled with a tone of habits that drain our energy and not enough of the good habits that energise us. We find ourselves out of balance, which in many cases is leading to burn out.

Energy Giants Spark Record Number Of Complaints

PA | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK

Customer complaints to the Big Six energy companies have reached the highest number in a single quarter since records began - up 15% on the same time ...

Unlocking the Core of Who You Are

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Your core, or power centre, is located two to three inches above the navel and houses your personal power. This region of your body, also known as the solar plexus chakra, represents self-identity and plays a huge role in the choices you make each day, as well as your mental state.

Best Power Lunches To Help You Avoid Afternoon Sleepy Time

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Of all the meals in the day, lunchtime is the one that no longer has any 'me time'. For office workers, this midday meal was long ago subsumed into...

More Fracking Set For Southern Tory Heartlands

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is set to boost extra compensation offered to communities affected by controversial "fracking" to an average of £800,000 in a bid to by...

Make It Stop! The Jolly British Gas Hive Advert Is Destroying My Life

Johnny Dee | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Johnny Dee

There are, I suspect, some adults who will be seduced by this kind of jolly CBeebies singalong advert. Who will merrily have their brain wiped clean of all the bad news stories that have plagued the energy industry and from now on look at British Gas as Brian Cant would Humpty - with fondness and kindness. Aren't they silly and sweet? I'm afraid I am not one of them.

Energy Giant SSE Enjoy Even Bigger Profits

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

Energy giant SSE enjoyed a 9.6% rise in pre-tax profits to £1.55 billion for the year to 31 March, compared with £1.4 billion a year earlier. Me...

The Sun Is Setting on Large-Scale Solar

Peter Rolton | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

Aside from the sneaking suspicion that this is actually a spooked Governmental response to the rising numbers of UKIP voters, aiming to stop the progress of large solar before it becomes as unpopular as wind with NIMBY voters and causes anyone else to defect, there is a far more immediate problem.

Big Energy Firm Must Pay Record Sum To Vulnerable Customers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Energy supplier E.ON is to pay a record £12 million to vulnerable customers after an investigation found it broke energy sales rules over a three-yea...

Fracking 'Seriously Flawed', Warns Osborne's Dad-In-Law

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's father-in-law Lord Howell, who was forced to apologise after calling for controversial fracking to take place in the "desolate" North...

The Populist Policy Problem

Peter Rolton | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The nation's future energy security shouldn't be put at risk just because the NIMBY few shout the loudest, or because weak politicians daren't put their heads above the parapet to campaign for what is ethically, commercially and logically right

Five Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Is a Real Vote Winner

Paul King | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

Energy efficiency - the very act of using less energy in the first place by making your home less draughty - is neither sexy nor as newsworthy as fracking or onshore wind. Yet it is just as important, both economically and politically. And here's five reasons why...

Big Companies Still Need the Human Touch

Simon Stevens | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I think one of the biggest frustrations I have had in my adult life is trying to get the big companies I depend upon, like phone and energy companies, to understand that I am an individual, and indeed a complex individual at that, and that I can not neatly be put into their expectations.