UK Energy

Can Renewables Face Down the Fracking Onslaught?

Jon Bennett | Posted 21.05.2014 | 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 16.05.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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 28.04.2014 | 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."

'Ditch The Big Six, Feel Loved Again' Says Energy Firm With V Day Price Cut

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK

Ovo Energy has unveiled a 2.5% price cut in a Valentine's Day message to consumers urging them to "ditch the Big Six" and "feel loved again". This ...

The Rise of the Energy Citizens

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Marion is FD of the Oxford Bus Company (OBC), and the asset in question is a roof over its main depot. It might be doing a good job keeping the buses dry, but Marion reckoned it could work harder. Vast, sprawling and - crucially - south-facing, it struck him as the ideal site for a massive photovoltaic (PV) plant

Mysterious Ribbon Of Energy At The Edge Of The Solar System 'Still Mysterious' Report Scientists

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Tech

There is a mysterious "ribbon of energy" near the edge of the Solar System. But as it turns out? That's really helpful. The strange band of part...

Energy Giant EDF Made HOW Much?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

French-owned gas and electricity supplier EDF Energy has posted an increase in UK annual earnings to £1.69 billion last year, driven by the performan...

More Market, Less Border Will Jolt the Energy Sector

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

The lesson of this revolution is one that we have seen repeated time and again: market economies need good regulation and, with this in place, they generate benefits, efficiencies and opportunities, many of which are often unforeseen.

Saving Money by Turning Air Into Heat - a Modern-day Miracle

Andrew Denham | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

One word of warning, if you are considering applying for a payback, my advice would be to do it so sooner rather than later. The Government plans to review the scheme quarterly and will reduce the incentive as necessary based on the number of people wanting to join. This is one example where it really will pay to be in there from the beginning.

Govt Demands Probe Into Energy Giants' Massive Profits

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has urged the energy regulator to look into the profits being made by the Big Six energy companies through supplying gas. ...

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The current governmental landscape betrays a belief that it is possible to run with the hare and the hounds ad infinitum when it comes to energy, and this simply isn't the case. Giving with one hand and taking with the other not only demonstrates a disingenuous attitude that further belittles trust, it also harms investment and makes us less competitive on the world stage.

Russia Is Losing Its Grip on European Energy Supply

David Clark | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Clark

Russia pulled off a major diplomatic coup in November by inducing Ukraine to abandon its proposed association agreement with the EU, the consequences of which are currently being played out on the streets of Kiev. But it would wrong to assume that Russia now calls all the shots in relations with its ex-Soviet neighbour...

Shale Gas: Make Polluters Pay for the Social Cost of Fracking

The Conversation UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The government's "sweeteners", of 1% of shale gas revenues to local communities and handing local authorities all of the business rates arising from shale gas wells, can be seen as a financial compensation for the disruption fracking will cause locally. The introduction of climate change taxation would tackle the far greater global disruption that the climate effects of shale gas would otherwise bring.

Energy Giant SSE Now Set To Make Over £1.5 BILLION In Profit

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Energy giant SSE said it was on course to pump up profits to £1.54 billion this year and increase payouts to shareholders, two months after announcin...

Fuel Up to Feel Good on January Mornings

Naomi Mead | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Mead

Just like a car, our bodies need to be well fuelled to run efficiently. A car with an empty tank of petrol is going nowhere! Make your mornings count, and follow these top tips to accelerate you out the front door.

Why Energy Efficiency Must Be a National Infrastructure Priority

Paul King | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

A number of issues have been blamed for poor take-up of the Green Deal, from early IT glitches and inadequate marketing to overly-complex administration. But it is the relatively high interest rates on Green Deal loans - around 8 per cent - that have most commonly been cited for deterring consumers from signing on the dotted line.

It's Time to Get Smart About Energy Tariffs

Peter Rolton | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

I'm going to open with an indisputable truth: the UK suffers from an exceedingly antiquated attitude towards energy provision.With every other part of modern life becoming customisable and flexible, the sector remains as rigid as it has ever been.

Spending Up, Consumption Down: The Impact of Price Rises and Recession

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.