UK Energy

Fracking: Seismic Activity Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Cuadrilla suspended drilling after a series of tremors near its Preese Hall site, which has been operational since 2011. This moratorium was subsequently revoked in December 2012, allowing exploratory drilling to resume...

The Battle Between Oil and Electricity

Intelligence Squared | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Can we take the boundary between these two energy carriers for granted? Although the division appears clear and logical at the moment, history shows that nothing can be taken for granted. When oil was first produced, it was not to fuel the internal combustion engine.

How Politics Is Shaping the Debate on Sustainable Energy in the US

Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor

Last week's mid-term elections in the US underscored the importance of energy issues for the US electorate. Shale gas, the Keystone pipeline, the Clean Climate Plan and EPA carbon regulators were major electoral issues in many US States...

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

It's a Wave, It's a Flood, It's the GOP Tsunami! But What Now?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

There won't be an end to political gridlock yet, there's just a movement of the chokepoint from the Senate to Obama's veto. People were very frustrated that nothing got done in Washington the last couple of years, but they should not count on DC becoming a smooth, tough, lean and mean operator just because of one election. Some market friendly decisions now have a better chance of being taken, but politics in general in America will not begin to work better overnight.

How to Take the Drama Out of Your Energy Bills This Winter

David Hall | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Hall

The ominous thud as the energy bill lands on the doormat remains the single biggest financial worry for Britons, confirmed by research out last week, which showed that concern about energy costs continues to outpace our worries about mortgages, food or fuel bills.

Betting on Electric

Intelligence Squared | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

When I was a student engineer I wanted to build my own road car. I planned out how much it would cost, where I would buy parts, what would I use as a donor vehicle, how would I manufacture the bodywork and most importantly: what engine would I use? I didn't want to make just another kit car, it had to be scalable, and with my own engine.

Five Reasons You Might Be Waking Too Early, and Seven Tips to Break the Cycle

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

One of the most common sleep problems I encounter in my clinic is waking in the early hours - usually between 2am and 4am - then finding it hard to get back to sleep. In the long term, missing out on this vital stage of sleep can be debilitating and even lead to serious health problems.

Government Subsidies Make Biogas an Attractive Renewable Energy Option

Simon Thomas | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Thomas

The UK's Transmission System Operator, responsible for distributing and generating electricity, recently announced that biogas, a renewable energy, could be responsible for 10% of the nation's gas output by the year 2020. If targets are met, the National Grid hopes to have 45 new biogas power stations connected to the grid within the next two years.

Smart Meters Need Big Data or Risk Being Dumb Boxes

Robert Williams | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech
Robert Williams

As tends to be the case, utility companies will be all over the news agenda this winter, and this year will be no exception with EDF's nuclear reactors offline until the end of the year. However on top of this, a subject that is likely to rumble on is the introduction of so-called smart meters.

Make Love, Moisturise and Drink Tea This Autumn...

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Autumn is officially upon us and we are more than ready for the falling leaves and unlimited cups of hot tea. As the temperatures shift, so do our internal seasons

Have a Nap!

Florence Parot | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Florence Parot

Do you think taking a nap is for lazy people? Or for summer holidays under the sun? You couldn't be more wrong. Recent studies show that napping increases your ability to think, decreases the risk of dying from a heart attack and boosts your performance by 34%.

Neither Awake or Asleep; Is It Really a Sleep Problem?

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

My sleep clinic is constantly full of exhausted people wanting to know how to get more sleep, fall asleep more easily at night, stay asleep, feel asleep. This last one is interesting - many of my clients complain of feeling as if they've not slept at all even though they may have spent hours in bed and not really been awake.

An Independent Scotland Would Be a Setback for Tackling Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

Scotland has been cited as the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, to harvest that potential to the full, Scotland will need to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Furthermore whether independent or not, the Scottish economy must transition itself further away from fossil fuels rather than developing closer bonds with a dirty energy system. I urge the Scots to vote no to Independence on Thursday.

John Lewis Would Be Much More Expensive In An Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish shoppers face higher prices at John Lewis department stores if the country votes for independence next week. This comes after the head o...

Our Climate Goals Are an Economic Opportunity for the UK

Nick Molho | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK
Nick Molho

Climate change policies have been a controversial area of UK politics for a number of years. Regular headline-grabbing claims on the impacts of these policies on energy bills have played their part in this. But equally problematic is the fact that a lot of the debate to date has centred on the upfront cost of low-carbon policies, with very little attention paid to understanding the broader economic impacts of reducing the UK's emissions.

Energy Firms Could Charge Scots More If They Vote Yes Next Week

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence risks leaving Scottish consumers with bigger energy bills as companies are forced to pass on the extra costs, the industry has w...

Conservatives Shouldn't Abandon the Green Agenda

Carl Thomson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

In the face of the UKIP threat, Tory modernisation needs to be deepened, not retrenched. Support for the environment and renewable energy is popular and good politics, as well as being in our national interest.

What's Stopping You?

Anna Margolis | Posted 23.10.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 01.10.2014 | 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...