UK Energy

The Three Mega-trends That Prove the War on Carbon Is Being Won

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

I have a dream. It involves climate negotiators. They are bleary-eyed, exhausted, but happy. Nestled inside some grey building in the heart of Paris, they are weeping with relief at the result of all-night negotiations that leave climate campaigners like me elated, and the carbon-fuel lobbyists staring into the abyss, desolated.

Call for Closed Account Energy Cash to Fund Subsidised Advice for Small Firms

Emma L. Jones | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Emma L. Jones

The big six energy firms have £204million held in closed business accounts and so far, no decisions have been made as to what to do with it...

A European Energy Union Would Hit Putin Where It Hurts Most

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

If Europe can deliver an ambitious and effective Energy Union, we will deliver a range of crucial goals; more independence, a secure supply of energy, a more sustainable economy, with Europe once again leading the development of green technologies. Putin and many of the other energy exporters outside the EU, who have grown wealthy on our addiction to fossil fuels, will be willing us to fail; but this is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

Scottish Power In Firing Line Over £80 Million Mis-Selling Scandal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Scottish Power is set to feel the heat as MPs prepare to look into its alleged failure to avoid paying out as much as £79 million owed to 625,000 cus...

Influx Of Boris Johnsons Is Like Something From A Horror Movie

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson may be about to replace Guy Fawkes as the most common model for masks worn to political demonstrations. In scenes that must have shoc...

Why EU's carbon policy discourages subsidies for energy savings and renewables

Laurens de Vries | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Tech
Laurens de Vries

The Dutch government had commissioned this study to compare different options, but the large negative value of offshore wind was what caught most attention. This negative result is partly due to the fact that the climate benefits of wind energy were valued at zero.

Instinct, Cutting the Small Talk and Being True to One's Self

Roberta Verdant | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

You know that precise moment when you walk into a situation or you meet someone and you notice something feels wrong? How often have you disregarded that feeling, and in the process disregarded yourself; your needs and inner guidance?

Conscious Connection for Better Sleep

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

As an adult and a parent I think it's time we start to model the behaviours that we want our young generation to follow. I'm just as guilty of obsessively checking my devices from time to time but one of my resolutions - and one that we have agreed on as a family - is to bring more consciousness into our use of technology.

Energy Companies Need to Show Some Warmth to Families in Energy Debt

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Four in ten of the families we surveyed who had faced energy debt felt intimidated by their energy company, with 48% of families reporting that they were not treated with respect or given the support they needed.

Why We Should Keep Lancashire Frack Free

Damien Clarkson | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damien Clarkson

These people are on the frontline and these planning decisions represent a significant moment in the battle to stop fracking across the UK. If the Council refuses the application it will raise serious doubts on whether any community in the UK would have to accept an extreme form of fossil fuel extraction on their doorsteps and under their property.

Miliband's Energy Price Freeze U-Turn More Like A Slow Thaw

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband will not seek to freeze energy prices but cap them, Labour has confirmed, sparking accusations that the party has dumped the Labour leader...

Government Awards £1.7billion Handout to Energy Companies

Jimmy Aldridge | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Aldridge

With budgets so tight we need to be very selective about how money is spent. Policies that contradict each other and fail to deliver genuine solutions come at a cost. Rather than handing out subsidies to polluting power stations we should be creating investment and job opportunities in the technologies of the future.

By Failing to Prepare, We Are Preparing to Fail

John Longworth | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Longworth

Successive governments have failed to adequately plan to guarantee the energy supplies required for our economy, businesses and consumers. The UK has a poor track at delivering all manner of infrastructure projects. Persistent political short-termism means the UK's infrastructure ranks poorly compared to other developed nations. There is nowhere that this failure is better illustrated than with energy.

Community Energy: Re-energizing the Local Power Scene

Peter Rolton | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Peter Rolton

Communities could be reinvigorated by these schemes, with individuals able to make the choice between the monopoly of the Big Six and their rocketing prices or a locally-based energy tariff that directly benefits them and their town.

Shale Gas: Silver Bullet for UK Energy?

Peter Rolton | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

I was recently interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton on the issue, and here I draw together the discussion of exactly why this isn't and shouldn't be the case.

Why Wasting Food Should Be as Unacceptable as Throwing Litter

Alicia Lawson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alicia Lawson

The difficulty with food waste is that its real environmental damage is created through its production, not its disposal. It's hard to connect wasting food with the damage it causes, because by the time it's on your plate, the damage has already been done.

Are You up for a Data Revolution?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.

Action on the Environment Is Too Important to Be Used as a Political Football

Nick Molho | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Nick Molho

Once the Autumn Statement is out later this week, the momentum towards the upcoming General Election in the UK will be gathering pace. So far, the political and media discourse around the election has been marked by a certain amount of uncertainty and negativity about the future social and economic situation in the UK...

Maintaining Your Energy and Confidence Levels

Maggie Currie | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

These people have the power to drain your energy and bring you down to their level, a million miles away from the level that YOU want to be operating on. But, and here is the interesting thing, they only have that power if you allow them to.

Fracking: Seismic Activity Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 19.01.2015 | 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 14.01.2015 | 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 13.01.2015 | 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 11.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 21.12.2014 | 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.