2008 December news archive


31 December

Hotel 'looking to produce renewable energy'

The Mount Pleasant Hotel is looking to produce renewable energy from its waste food collections.

31 December

Wind energy production in UK facing delays

The British Wind Energy Association claims planning inquiries are delaying possible wind power projects across the UK.

30 December

Investment in energy generation 'vital'

The UK needs vital investments in energy generation, according to an industry expert.

30 December

MSPs call for energy firms to help reduce winter heating bills

A number of Scottish MPs are calling for new reductions in wholesale energy prices to be passed on to consumers.

30 December

Energy prices 'causing stress in Brits'

Energy prices are contributing to Brits high stress levels, new research has found.

29 December

Energy safety campaign launched

Energy customers are being targeted by a new gas safety campaign.

29 December

Small businesses 'facing crippling energy prices'

The director general of the British Manufacturers' Confederation has said Ofgem needs to help protect small businesses from high energy prices.

24 December

SSE hits nine million energy customers mark

Scottish and Southern Energy now has nine millon customers.

23 December

British Gas makes energy price-drop pledge

British Gas has unveiled its new lower energy price tariff.

22 December

E.ON 'tops energy supplier social spend rankings'

A new Ofgem report finds that E.ON has the highest social spend per consumer.

22 December

Welsh town joins electricity grid for first time

ScottishPower has hooked mid-Wales village Abergeirw to the National Grid for the first time.

19 December

MP claims 'moral obligation to help elderly with energy costs'

Fabian Hamilton, the MP for Leeds North East, has said the government has a moral obligation to help the most vulnerable people in society.

19 December

npower launches business energy-efficiency scheme

npower's new Big Switch Off campaign is aiming to help UK businesses save £28 million in energy costs.

18 December

npower wins energy efficiency award

npower commended for Climate Cops scheme at Utility Industry Achievement Awards.

18 December

NEA: 'Ofgem still not doing enough'

National Energy Action has claimed that Ofgem is not helping the poorest people in society with their energy bills.

18 December

Harman: 'Firms could face legal pressure over energy prices'

Harriet Harman has said the government may introduce new legislation to force energy firms to pass reduced wholesale prices to consumers.

17 December

E.ON proposes new green energy scheme

Proposals are being devised for the Ovenden Moor wind farm in West Yorkshire.

17 December

Ofgem 'must make energy bill reduction a priority'

Consumer Focus chief calls for energy regulator to help consumers across the UK.

16 December

UK Power launches new Smart Meter

Free energy Smart Meter launched by UK Power to help consumers keep track of energy bills.

16 December

Energy security 'important UK issue'

ScottishPower welcomes energy crunch proposals suggested by the business and enterprise committee.

16 December

ERA warns about windfall tax on energy firms

Energy Retail Association has warned that an energy windfall tax could damage the most essential industry in the UK.

16 December

Ofgem removing £500 million from energy bills

Ofgem announces results of new probe.

15 December

Northern Ireland energy firms drop electricity and gas prices

Northern Ireland Electricity and Phoenix Gas have both dropped energy prices.

15 December

ScottishPower launches new energy tariff for vulnerable customers

ScottishPower launches new social tariff to save vulnerable consumers £211 annually.

15 December

MP tables EDM for energy bill reductions

Backbench Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has tabled an Early Day Motion to end fuel poverty.

12 December

SSE successfully tests hydro-electric energy production

Scottish and Southern Energy have produced 100 megawatts of energy for 24 hours at its Glendoe hydro-electric scheme.

12 December

MPs 'calling for energy bill cuts'

Business and enterprise committee issued new report calling for a reduction in bills to help cash-strapped families and pensioners through winter months.

12 December

Campaign groups calling for end of fuel poverty

A number of organisations have been gathering MP support for their plans to end fuel poverty.

12 December

ScottishPower educating about renewable energy

ScottishPower is issuing an education pack to schools across Scotland to help teach them about renewable energy.

11 December

E.ON to help elderly customers this winter

E.ON has announced its new Early Warning System to help pensioners this winter.

11 December

Wind turbines 'effective for energy saving'

British Eco-Energy claims wind turbines can be the most-cost effective renewable energy solution.

11 December

Energy firms 'committed to price drops at earliest possible opportunity'

Energy Retail Association issues response to Ed Miliband's comments on reducing energy bills for consumers.

10 December

Plymouth residents face highest energy bills in UK

People in Plymouth pay the highest fuel bills, a new study has found.

10 December

Energy bill helpline established

The Energy Retail Association has launched a new helpline designed to aid elderly people and struggling families.

10 December

Miliband calls for energy price drops 'as soon as possible'

Ed Miliband has said the global wholesale reductions should result in a drop in prices experienced by consumers.

10 December

Energy firm signs 'carbon capture' partnership

npower, Peel Energy and Dong Energy are set to develop carbon capture and storage projects in the UK.

09 December

Warm Front 'alienating thousands of households'

The Times claims over 10,000 people are set to miss out on the government's Warm Front as they cannot afford it.

09 December

MP demands reduction in energy bills

Lindsay Hoyle, minister for Chorley, is calling for reductions in wholesale oil prices to result in a drop in consumer's energy bills.

08 December

Energy prices 'could drop in coming months'

David Hunter, from energy consultants McKinnon & Clarke, has told the Daily Mail there should be room for "double digit" drops in energy prices.

08 December

npower helps install energy saving measures at National Trust sites

npower it has installed energy saving measures to reduce bills at two National Trust sites.

08 December

Dropping wholesale prices 'does not mean cheaper energy bills'

Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON, has warned consumers not to expect large reductions in energy bills.

08 December

Northern Ireland consumers 'could see reduction in electricity bills'

The utility regulator Iain Osborne has claimed that reductions in wholesale oil prices could result in a reduction of electricity bills.

05 December

ScottishPower launching website to help reduce energy prices

ScottishPower has launched a new energy efficiency interactive website aims to help customers save money on their bills.

05 December

npower teams up with famous duo to promote energy efficiency

A new energy efficiency campaign from npower will be fronted by Wallace and Gromit.

05 December

E.ON reducing electricity bills for non-mains gas customers

E.ON is reducing annual electricity bills for consumers in the East Midlands, east of England and the north-west who are not attached to the mains gas network.

04 December

npower reduces gas pre-payment prices for consumers

npower is reducing prices by an average of £30 for gas pre-payment customers.

04 December

MSP demands reduction in energy prices

Duncan McNeil has been calling for energy firms to pass on reductions in wholesale gas and electricity prices to consumers.

04 December

npower off-gas grid electricity customers 'to see reduced bills'

Customers in Yorkshire, the north-east and the West Midlands, not connected to the gas network, will see reductions in annual bills of £20, according to the npower.

03 December

Scotland issues energy challenge

Alex Salmond has unveiled the £10 million Saltire Prize, which will harness wave energy.

03 December

EDF 'could be forced to sell electricity to rival energy firms'

EDF could have to sell power if it wants to complete the proposed takeover of British Energy.

03 December

UK utility firms 'slower to reduce energy prices'

Richard Haddelsey, from energy analysts McKinnon & Clarke, claims UK energy firms are slower to pass on reductions in wholesale prices than other European countries.

02 December

E.ON helps charity with energy savings

E.ON helps to fund a new biomass boiler at the Magdalen Project to reduce their energy bills.

02 December

Energy prices 'may be pushed up by climate change targets'

Committee on climate change claims hitting targets could push electriciy and gas bills up.

02 December

Elderly people 'concerned about staying warm this winter'

Age Concern claims elderly people may struggle to pay energy bills in the coming months.

02 December

Annual home energy assessment could reap savings on bills

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills claims annual home energy assessments are needed get Brits thinking about energy efficiency.

01 December

Energy supplier unveils new green transformer

EDF Energy announces a green transformer,which is filled with vegetable oil.

01 December

Energy provider announces record windfarm in UK

ScottishPower's Whitelee Windfarm is now the largest onshore windfarm in Europe.

01 December

British Gas launches energy prices emergency helpline

British Gas sets up emergency helpline for Direct Debit customers.