UK Energy

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 26.09.2014 | 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 19.09.2014 | 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 18.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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...

Sustaining the Energy Sector in an Independent Scotland

Peter Rolton | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 31.08.2014 | 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...