UK Energy

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 26.06.2014 | 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 24.06.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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 13.06.2014 | 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.

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.

Can Digital Change Stop People Switching Energy Providers?

Peter Veash | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Peter Veash

With the more immediate threat of customer switching to grapple with, energy providers have a substantial job to do in thinking like a brand and helping customers live their lives more easily.

Energy Giants '£2bn Better Off' Due To Coalition Green Deal Cock-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

Energy giants are set for a £2 billion windfall over the next three years due to ministers over-estimating how deeply they needed to cut green levies...

The Gentrification of Trailer Park Living

Liam Deacon | Posted 15.06.2014 | 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 14.06.2014 | 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...