UK Energy

The Gentrification of Trailer Park Living

Liam Deacon | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

The big questions are obviously land, and regulation? Once you've got yourself a cozy little house, where do you park it? Well, tiny house people gentrified the caravans so they've also gentrified caravan parks...

Asa Bennett

Defending The Banks And Now Big Energy, Why Does She Do It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics

Angela Knight has forged a career on defending the seemingly indefensible, having fought for the Tories in John Major's government, then the banks jus...

Refuse-Derived Fuel and the UK's Waste Management Woes

Peter Rolton | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

In 1996, landfill tax was introduced at a rate of £8 per tonne to encourage councils and businesses to develop more robust recycling programmes. The ...

Why Has British Gas Just Been Fined £5.6 Million?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics

Energy giant British Gas has been ordered to pay £5.6 million in compensation and fines for blocking business from switching suppliers and failing to...

'Scottish Independence Would Hit Energy Firms'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

Energy secretary Ed Davey has warned that the "uncertainty and disruption" of Scottish independence would seriously affect progress in the economy and...

Scarce, Expensive, Bad: Why Entrepreneurs Should Love Monopolies

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.

Independence vs. Oil-Dependence: The Scottish Referendum

Peter Rolton | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

With so many separate points of uncertainty surrounding the concept of an independent Scotland, it is incredibly difficult to picture what it might look like should the nation vote 'Yes' on 18th September.

Ed Miliband Is Right: Britain Can Do Better Than This

Joe Storey | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Ed Miliband is right, "Britain can do better than this". Britain can do better than political populism and price fixing which should have been left in the 1970s.

You and Me: Our Collective Consciousness

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A pot-smoking friend once regaled me with his theory of a collective human consciousness, his idea being that supposedly we are all connected by some sort of invisible net that links our minds. I remember laughing heartily at the concept as I inhaled secondary smoke while thinking this is what drugs do to one's brain- invent wild theories without any foundation whatsoever.

Tackle Energy Skills Gap Now or Face a Dark Future

Chris Jones | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

If we don't act now to get more young people skilled, the UK could face, quite literally, a very dark future.

Nuclear Summit in Holland Neglects Crucial Security Issues

Behnam Taebi | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Behnam Taebi

Earlier this week, the Netherlands hosted the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). More than 50 world leaders where in The Hague to enhance international nuclear security...

Miliband To Demand Immediate Energy Price Freeze

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is set to demand an immediate energy price freeze for business and domestic customers by calling for a vote in the House of Commons next w...

Can the Public Ever Trust the Energy Barons Again?

John Robertson | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Robertson

We have known about excessive profits for years. Year on year we saw companies making billions in profits and then hiking their prices again just months later... I have not always agreed with my Party that Ofgem should be abolished, but my faith in them has hit rock bottom. I have to ask myself why this has not been done sooner.

'Energy Market Probe Won't Stop Relentless Price Rises'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Energy bills are still set for "relentless" price rises despite the regulator stepping in to propose a full-scale probe into how competitive the Big S...

Fracking: As Knowledge Has Spread Opposition Has Grown

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We've learnt a lot since the prospect of fracking for shale gas first reared its head in the UK. One thing hasn't changed though - fracking remains incompatible with building the kind of green energy future we need to avert the very worst climate change.

Can Renewables Face Down the Fracking Onslaught?

Jon Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Bennett

Earlier this month the tenth staging of the Ecobuild conference brought together leading lights from sustainable building. One of the conference highlights was a debate on the UK's energy future...

The Time Is Now to Move Away From Russian Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When countries set out their cases for energy independence, the main reason is generally cited as the need to ease reliance on oil and gas from unfriendly places. President Barack Obama's 'All of the Above' energy strategy for example, a plan that has seen this US administration extract more fossil fuels than any other, is very much predicated on the need to lessen oil imports from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Three Years on: The Grim Nuclear Legacy of Fukushima

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a "post-apocalyptic landscape"... The decontamination operation will cost unknown billions and is expected to last at least 30 years. It is a grim legacy.

Lots of Data on the Costs of Essentials (But More Is Still Needed)

Matthew Oakley | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Anyone following the economic and political debate in recent years will have found it hard to escape the fact that the price of essentials is rising. While most have accepted this as a given, and policy makers have been tussling to tame the rises, what has been missing from the public debate has been hard evidence on precisely how much these rises have impacted households over time.

Manufacturing the UK's Economic Recovery

Peter Rolton | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order...

Did You Know The Energy Giants Still Have Over £400m Of YOUR Money?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK

Ofgem has called on energy suppliers to return money to former customers after finding that the companies hold more than £400 million in credit from ...

Time to End the Silence on Zero Carbon

Paul King | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

In just five years' time, every new office, hospital, school, library, supermarket - or any other building in the UK for that matter - will have to be built to ambitious new environmental standards... or at least that's the plan.

British Gas Boss Blasts Miliband's 'Not Credible' Price Freeze

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy prices if Labour wins the next election is "not a credible solution" for ensuring low bills, the head of British...

Renewables: The Opportunity for Communities

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Greg Barker, the Conservative energy and climate minister, has championed the idea that more of our energy should be decentralised and low-carbon. With "sufficient financial rigour, affordable expansion [of local energy schemes] is achievable", he says.

Renewables Could Make Farms Financially Viable

Green Futures | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Clean energy generation offers a tremendous opportunity: "In some cases, additional income from renewables may be the only way for the next generation to make a farm financially viable."