2009 April news archive
A new study which will examine the potential of generating electricity from the waters surrounding England and Wales has been commissioned by the government.
UK businesses should take advantage of the £100 million worth of funding made available to them through the Carbon Trust, it has been claimed.
The UK energy regulator Ofgem is set to launch two tender rounds which will see firms bidding for contracts to link the UK's offshore wind farms to the National Grid.
Residents in Crewe have benefited from a new scheme aimed at boosting the amount of cheap, renewable electricity in the region.
E.ON has asked the government to approve plans for a £350 million expansion of its gas-fired power station in Drakelow.
Gas and electricity supplier Eon has launched a sustainable fund which aims to provide community groups across the UK with grants and advise to help with energy-saving projects.
The UK's renewable energy targets, set by the EU and with a deadline of 2020, may be unachievable during the current economic downturn, it has been claimed.
The UK's National Grid has been fined £30 million for stifling competition in the gas market.
Construction of the largest windfarm in Scotland is set to be completed over the next few weeks, ahead of schedule.
A quarter of a million London homes are taking part in a scheme that aims to generate cheap, renewable electricity from food waste that would normally end up in a landfill.
British energy firms should do more to highlight good value energy deals for their customers, it has been claimed.
One hundred apprentices in Scotland are set to be trained to be able to help consumers across the country to reduce their gas and electricity bills.
Businesses are still favouring schemes which can help to reduce carbon emissions, according to new research.
The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has set up an energy and climate change unit to help business cut the cost of their electricity and steer the UK toward a low-carbon economy.
The government must focus on a single source of renewable energy if it is to provide consumers with a reliable supply, it has been claimed.
Data centres are responsible for the consumption of three per cent of the UK's energy and their carbon footprints are set to overtake those of other large electricity and gas using business customers.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has said that the UK must be willing to try every possible option to reduce the cost and increase the security of its energy supply.
Green Energy UK, which buys electricity from 30 small-scale generators across Britain, claims it is gradually making the National Grid greener.
The Carbon Trust has launched a new competition which will identify new technologies that will support the creation of a new fleet of next generation deep water offshore wind turbines.
New coal-fired power stations built in the UK with carbon capture technology could push consumer energy prices up by around two per cent, it has been claimed.
Consumers who install microgeneration technology such as wind turbines and solar panels on their properties should not expect a perfect feed-in tariff to be introduced in April 2010.
The European Union (EU) will introduce new legislation to help poorer families trapped in fuel poverty with their gas and electricity bills.
Carbon capture and storage projects could spell the end for cheap electricity from coal-fired power stations, it has been claimed.
A new plan by the Conservative party to retrofit UK housing with energy saving technology could help push down peoples' electricity and gas bills.
Chancellor Alistair Darling gave his budget speech today and confirmed the government would be holding on to its Winter Fuel Allowance scheme.
British homeowners are backing the government's latest initiative to reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of the country's existing housing stock.
Energy customers and the British economy could save £12.6 billion a year on oil and gas imports if it pushes ahead with large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes, it has been claimed.
People considering switching their energy supplier could benefit from a new climate fund set up in the north-west of England.
Consumers could be hit by price increases on their electricity and gas bills if the government introduces legally binging greenhouse gas emissions legislation.
SmartEnergy has launched a new flexible electricity tariff aimed at businesses, which the company claims is the first of its kind in the country.
Leisure centres in Pembrokeshire have taken steps to improve their energy efficiency and hope to set an example to other businesses.
One environmental expert has called for tougher action on homeowners who fail to make their properties more energy efficient.
Gas and electricity provider nPower's TV advert starring animated favourites Wallace and Gromit has won Utalkmarketing.com's People's Choice Award.
If good practice is followed and biomass power projects are implemented properly they could deliver cheaper, environmentally-friendly electricity, it has been claimed.
Cheap electricity from Britain's next generation of nuclear power plants may be too little too late, it has been claimed.
Not-for-profit energy firm Ebico has joined forces with Groundwork to help tackle fuel poverty in more than 1,000 of the UK's worst-off homes.
A new energy monitor developed by Onzo and set to be released in the UK later this year could help consumers cut the cost of their energy bills.
The elderly need more financial help during the recession in the form of automatic payment benefits, it has been claimed.
As oil prices continue to fall the impact on the energy sector could be beneficial to consumers, it has been claimed.
Gordon Brown needs to ensure the upcoming Budget includes measures to help families cope with energy prices, according to watchdog Consumer Focus.
Affordability is the main barrier preventing consumers from embracing energy-saving measures, it has been found.
The UK is at risk of not meeting its wind-powered renewable energy targets, it has been claimed.
An energy scheme which is expected to produce cheap electricity and thousands of jobs will be rescued with taxpayers' money.
Electricity and gas prices in Ulster may be reduced later this year, it has been claimed.
The drive to increase the amount of energy generated from solar panels in the UK has received the support of more than 150 MPs.
Prime minister Gordon Brown's vision for a low-carbon economy could be saved by European taxpayers as the European Investment Bank considers financing the £3 billion London Array scheme.
UK consumers could benefit from lower electricity and gas bill following EU authorisation for the government to use £100 million worth of funding, which will be used to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.
The potential of coal to generate cheap electricity could be a boost for Nottinghamshire pits.
Green energy is unsustainable as a business unless the government starts investing heavily in new technology, it has been claimed.
The demand for small wind turbines is booming and manufacturers are reaping the benefits, according to new research.
Cheaper and more accurate energy bills would be two of the many benefits provided by the widespread installation of smart meters, it has been claimed.
State-owned Norwegian utility firm Statkraft has agreed to buy a 50 per cent stake in a British offshore windfarm project owned by StatoilHydro.
Electricity and gas customers who pay for their energy bills online are benefitting from reductions in cost as the price war intensifies, it has been claimed.
National Grid has awarded contracts worth £1.2 billion to Morrison Utility Services and Enterprise Managed Services.
British consumers could end up saving money on their electricity bills following a ruling by the EU to introduce minimum energy standards for household appliances.
Tidal power at the Severn Estuary could provide the UK with up to five per cent of its annual electricity needs and government is looking to develop a variety of schemes to harness it.
General Electric is set to install a range of smart meters at the London 2012 Olympic Village.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has voiced concerns over the government's current energy policies.
British Gas claims that its latest business acquisition will help its customers use less energy and reduce the cost of their electricity and gas bills.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has introduced a new package of measures aimed at improving access to cheap energy.