UK Energy

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 ...

Green Friendly Tips on How to Keep Warm and Save Money

Paul Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Smith

As a sustainable, carbon friendly enterprise, we have come up with a few tips on how to save money and energy and still keep your home cosy and warm, whilst doing a little bit for the planet at the same time.

EDF Ups Prices And Threatens To Do It AGAIN

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

EDF has unveiled a 3.9% price increase, which will see bills soar by £49 to £1,300-a-year, and warned that they could rise further if the government...

Enlightening New Economic Growth 'Fast Expandind Markets': The Example of LED in Japan

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

Today's catchiest buzzword is "growth" - a priority championed by virtually every government official and business leader. Day in and day out, governments pledge to put their economies back on the growth path by building globally competitive industries, and business leaders vow to find new strategies to grow their companies.

EU-China Relationship Could Hold Key to Global Climate Deal

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The 19th United Nations annual Climate Change Conference begins in Poland on November 11. This will be an important step, although only a step, along the path toward securing by the end of 2015 a comprehensive global treaty that must set the world on a path to a low carbon future.

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...

10 Easy and Unusual Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Brian Smithers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Brian Smithers

We are moving to an Energy 3.0 future where technological innovations in the digital age will allow consumers to become masters of their own energy. However, in the mean time to help achieve the UK targets there are a number of easy and unusual ways consumers can reduce their carbon footprint...

'Untarnished Transparency' Is the Only Way Back for Energy Companies

Tom Clive | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Clive

Energy companies should be more transparent and structured in the way they justify price increases. The disparity between what Ofgem and the energy companies have said has left the latter in an awkward position. The four energy firms that have announced price hikes so far, have said that the rises are due to increasing wholesale prices, and the cost of transporting energy to homes.

Why Is British Gas' Boss Not Taking His £2m Bonus?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has chosen not to take his bonus this year in the wake of continuing anger over rising energy bills, including ...

Russell Brand May Be Wrong - But Here's Why He's Right

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Arguing is good. It is essential. You might be wrong but you might eventually find that you're right. You might be misguided but you might take the debate to a more interesting place.

The Rise of the Big 60,000

Peter Rolton | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

Ed Davey announced today that he intends to up the competitive ante by enabling consumers to switch energy suppliers within a 24 hour timeframe, thus increasing market activity and forcing better value.

Cut the Big Six Energy Companies Down to Size, George

Richard Lloyd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Four in 10 people have told us they can't reduce energy use any further as they have already cut down as much as they can. In addition, three in 10 say they don't know how they will heat their homes this winter. Now, Which? has calculated that up to £1.8bn per year could be shaved off consumer costs.

David Cameron Ousted From No. 10

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's diminishing influence means he is no longer one of the world's most powerful people, according to Forbes magazine's annual list. T...

The Problems With Privatisation

Patrick Kavanagh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Kavanagh

There is a case to be made for free-market economics in the consumer sector, as competition is promoted, but we should not be surprised to see monopolies or oligopolies forming in sectors that require substantial infrastructure investment.

Energy Giants Blame Price Rises On Green 'Stealth Taxes'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

Energy giant bosses blamed controversial rises in customers' bills of over 9% on green taxes in a tense confrontation with MPs of the Commons Energy a...

British Children Living In Cold And Damp, Study Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Britain's children are living in cold, cramped homes, infested with damp and mould, because parents cannot afford to keep them warm, according to new ...