February 2009 news archive
Power companies are shelving investment plans, meaning the UK faces higher electricity and gas bills in the coming three years, it has been claimed.
Billions of pounds could be saved on electricity and gas bills if people bought energy-saving products, according to one expert.
npower has expanded its electrical services division with the purchase of SPI Group.
Labour MP Gisele Stuart is calling on government to look into claims of energy companies ripping off prepayment meter customers.
Energy regulator Ofgem has issued green energy guidelines after claims that some suppliers were misleading customers about their green credentials.
Electric and gas firm RWE Npower has been given the go-ahead to build a gas-fired power station in Wales.
Control room staff at the National Grid will start an overtime ban this week as a result of pay discrepancies.
The European Union is set to start an investigation into electricity prices following a rise in the number of complaints.
Britain has witnessed the biggest rise in energy prices in Western Europe in the past year, it has been claimed.
Irish energy minister Eamon Ryan has said that he expects energy prices to fall by at least ten per cent in the coming year.
The UK's big six energy firms are set to face a select committee of MPs, which will question their pricing decisions.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has signed up with a green energy supplier.
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) announced it is cutting average electricity prices for its nine million domestic customers.
A leading energy company is set to trial new technology which aims find a new form of generating electricity.
Millions of UK homes could be set to receive an eco-makeover as part of new government plans, it has been revealed.
Trials involving the use of vegetable oil as a source of energy are underway, it has been revealed.
A county councillor has voiced concerns over the impact of a chicken waste processing facility near a nature reserve in Anglesey, it has been reported.
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is rumoured to be in takeover talks with state-owned Swedish energy provider Vattenfall.
Electricity prices will not be significantly lower in the foreseeable future because of the need to invest heavily in power infrastructure, it has been claimed.
Npower has enlisted Wallace and Gromit to front an advertising campaign to promote energy efficiency in the national press.
Every home in Britain will have a green energy makeover by 2030 under new government plans aimed at cutting carbon emissions and reducing energy bills.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron has backed an energy price campaign by the Nottingham Evening Post.
Nuclear energy would be good for Scotland and would help to promote energy security and tackle climate change, it has been claimed.
An energy customer on the Isle of Man was shocked when he received an electricity bill for £14,000, it has been reported.
Senior executives at three of the UK's largest energy firms have said they will move to lower gas and electricity prices for their customers soon.
Consumers are starting to live greener lives as they attempt to reduce their gas and electricity bills, it has been claimed.
Scotland must safeguard the future of its electricity supply with investment in nuclear energy.
E.ON announced today it will appeal the decision by East Riding Council to stop the firm's proposed Tedder Hill wind farm near Roos in Yorkshire.
The Liberal Democrat party has pledged to revamp the entire British housing stock in ten years.
E.ON has announced it is lowering electricity prices for the majority of its customers by nine per cent.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) and npower have signed the second biggest renewable energy contract in the UK's retail sector.
E.ON has announced it will not renew gas and electric contracts with companies operating on more than 50 sites using its non-half hourly electricity metres and non-daily gas metres.
EDF Energy has announced it will cut its UK electricity prices in March by an average of 8.8 per cent.
Demand for gas in the UK fell by four per cent this winter when compared with last year's figures, it has been claimed.
More than three million homes could benefit from electricity generated from wind farms following a decision to open the Scottish Crown Estate to development.
British gas prices have continued their fall as warmer weather reduces demand.
Rising energy prices in the UK have caused many organisations to look at more efficient and cost-effective ways of generating and procuring energy.
Thousands of electricity customers could be in for a shock because energy companies have not updated their pre-payment meters, it has been claimed.
A village hall in Elmley Castle near Tewksbury has installed solar panels in a move it hopes will reduce its electricity bills.
A chemical manufacturer in the UK has supplemented its electricity supply by installing a wind turbine on top of its headquarters.
National Grid has announced it will open an investigation into power transmission in the UK.
Centrica has announced that profits at its British Gas residential arm were lower than last year's because the company had shielded its customers from the full increase in the cost of wholesale gas.
Gas prices have increased by more than half over the last 12 months, it has been claimed.
Electricity supplier Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is investing £3 billion in Scotland over the course of the next three years.
More than quarter of a million families have been forced to install pre-pay meters after falling behind with their monthly energy bills, it has been claimed.
Nuclear power should be abandoned in favour of focusing on renewable energy, it has been claimed.
Centrica has come under increasing pressure to drop its plan to buy a 25 per cent stake in British Energy.
The Scottish National Party's Westminster energy spokesperson Mike Weir has called on the government to bring an end to discriminatory National Grid transmission charges.
The recent reduction in energy prices by major players in the British electricity and gas markets are "too little, too late", it has been claimed.
The UK will need to create more natural gas storage facilities if it is to safeguard its future energy security, it has been claimed.
The UK's biggest energy supplier is seeking a £450 million loan to finance three of its UK windfarms.
Energy efficiency is key to reducing long-term electricity and gas price increases, it has been claimed.
The widespread use of small wind turbines could reduce the cost of electricity for households and stimulate the economy with increased exports, it has been claimed.
Britain will need to invest £234 billion in new energy infrastructure if it is to meet its renewable energy targets, it has been claimed.
British Gas has introduced a new tariff to replace its current WebSaver deal which offered customers a ten per cent reduction in energy prices.
British Gas owner Centrica has claimed it will create 1,500 green-collar jobs over the next year.
Gas supply uncertainty could push up domestic bills in the long-term, it has been claimed.
Industry watchdog Consumer Focus has called the recent energy price reductions at British Gas a "slap in the face" for consumers.
The majority of homes in the UK would consider adopting solar power technology, it has been claimed.
UK businesses with inefficient commercial properties should be tackled by the government, it has been claimed.