UK Energy

Could You Get Help With Your Energy Bills? It Is Easier Than You Think

Sarah Willingham | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Sarah Willingham

The rising cost of energy (and everything else...) means 2.5 million Brits will borrow money this winter to help heat their homes. But LOADS of households, around 3.4 million of them, could qualify for help with their energy bills and over half don't realise.

Stoking the Fuel Poverty Fire

Peter Rolton | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

Currently a home is classified as being in fuel poverty if it has to spend 10% or more of its total income on maintaining a 'satisfactory' level of heat. The new definition, however, proposes a more abstract perspective: if a household has above average fuel costs that leave them with a 'residual income below the official poverty line' they will be put in the bracket.

This Week Was a Big Moment for Renewables

Maria McCaffery | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics
Maria McCaffery

As Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, warned this week, the need to decarbonise is greater than ever.

Energy Giants Now 'Getting Away With Green Murder'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Big Six energy giants have been accused of "getting away with green murder" as only two providers, British Gas and SSE, said they would pass on sa...

Why Not Link Energy Prices to The Average Wage?

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

What if, instead of simply freezing energy bills, they were locked to rise no faster then the average wage? The plan isn't much easier and the impact on the consumer would be similar, but the debate would be right where it belongs.

'Game-changing' Strategic Opportunity in China Is Missed by the United Kingdom

Adam Matthews | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

The Energy Battleground: Labour Strides Ahead

Hugo Winn | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hugo Winn

Mr Miliband's pledge was initially greeted with contemptuousness by the Tories. More concrete evidence of 'red Eds' inability to form coherent policy. The Tories thus aligned themselves as rational, credible and market responsible, and labour as fiscal cowboys and reckless socialists.

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

EBRD Energy Investments Do Right By the Planet

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

We have heard a lot of comment from anti-coal campaigners in the last several months, especially during the public consultation period for the new energy strategy. Their opinion is important to us, as are opinions of all stakeholders. But presenting the EBRD as the last institution that clings to coal and focuses on fossil fuels is incorrect on many levels.

Offshore Wind - It's Decision Time

Maria McCaffery | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Tech
Maria McCaffery

First things first, 2013 has been a record-breaking year for offshore wind, with over a gigawatt of additional capacity installed. This is in keeping with an annual growth rate of at least 50% in the offshore wind sector, which has been a constant since 2004.

Npower Slashes 1,460 UK Jobs And Sends More To India

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

RWE npower has confirmed plans to slash 1,460 jobs from its 9,600 UK workforce and transfer back office administrative work to India. The German-ow...

What We Should Really Be Doing About Rising Energy BIlls

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

It's time to tackle the real problems. The wholesale cost of energy is the main component of our energy bills, it has gone up significantly and will continue to do so, and we can't change that. What we can do is stop wasting energy by improving our energy efficiency, and supply more from secure renewable sources. And with serious investment in these areas now, we can achieve lower energy bills in future.

Energy Giants Profits Now FIVE Times Higher

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

The 'Big Six' energy giants' profits have multiplied five-fold to more than £1 billion since 2009, according to figures from regulator Ofgem. It m...

UK Energy Woes and Efficiency Solutions

Tobias Parker | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Tobias Parker

After discovering that 90 per cent of Brits are concerned about increasing energy prices, it seems the perfect time to highlight the benefits of the energy efficiency schemes that are available to us, something which seems to have been gravely over looked in the past few weeks...

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

Sanjay Bowry | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sanjay Bowry

So the saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" and the latest raft of energy price hikes suggests now is the time for UK consumers to consider doing just that. We are a nation tired of being held to ransom by our energy bills - so has the time come to ditch our reliance on energy companies by becoming the bosses of our own energy supplies?

Electricity Providers Told To Do More To Save You Money

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK

Five of the six companies that own and operate Britain's local electricity network have been told they must do more to cut costs for consumers. Ene...

The Cost of Energy: Time for a Whole New Agenda for People and the Planet

Chris Walker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Walker

Last week, EDF became the fifth of the 'Big Six' energy providers to announce an increase in energy costs for consumers this autumn. It's now a regular occurrence that energy price hikes cause anger among UK consumers, followed by stern words from political leaders.

Now It's The 'Big Seven' Energy Firms

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

Britain's energy market is set to be dominated by a "Big Seven" as a new deal agreed by RWE npower to offload 770,000 customer accounts will effective...

UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Julian Hunt | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward.

Why Is nPower The Most Complained-About Energy Giant?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

Npower has received the most complaints out of any of the "big six" energy giants, as the firm's soaring prices and poor customer service led to an in...

Could Underwater Kites Solve Our Energy Needs?

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Tech

An American scientist believes he can generate electricity equivalent to tens oo nuclear power station - with massive underwater kites. David Oling...

Recipe for a Safer World

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Alison Doig

Let's hope world leaders gathering in Warsaw can image this new fairer and more sustainable world. Even more importantly, let us hope that global business can wean itself off dependence on fossil fuels and see opportunity in a new low-carbon future. Let's hope - and let's do it in a hurry.

The Energy Price Freeze Explained

Kamran Hussain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

Labour's campaign goes much further than the price freeze. Only implementing a two year price freeze would simply be an immature and irrelevant policy. The main aim is to fix up the energy market which in its present form is exploiting consumers.

Offshore Wind to Produce the Equivalent of Two Nuclear Power Stations by 2023

Brent Cheshire | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Brent Cheshire

The UK is facing an energy "trilemma" of needing to build new generation to keep the lights on whilst reducing carbon emissions and doing it as cheaply as possible to minimise the impact on consumers.

Have The Energy Giants Got As Bad As 'Fred The Shred'?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics

Energy giants are facing a crisis of trust that could leave them as publicly disgraced as the banking industry was after Fred Goodwin's mismanagement ...