2009 January news archive
More action to reduce electricity and gas prices has been called for by one Scottish MP.
International oil exploration firm Royal Dutch Shell has announced record profits of £22 billion almost £700 per second.
Scientists have developed an energy saving lightbulb that can cut lighting bills by as much as 75 per cent.
The government has rebuffed an attack on the compulsory use of energy saving lightbulbs rejecting claims that partially sighted people will suffer when the legislation is introduced.
Energy saving Scots, who have opted to burn coal or wood for heating, face £1,000 fines for breaching Edinburgh's strict anti-pollution laws.
Age Concern has called on the government to reassess its £5 billion benefits package.
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond is set to meet the European Union's North Sea grid co-ordinator to discuss the creation of an energy grid which would allow the country to export excess electricity to Europe.
British Gas owner Centrica has boosted its North Sea oil and gas operations with a £22 million acquisition.
All energy suppliers will drop their electric and gas prices soon, it has been claimed.
UK energy prices are set to rise by a fifth when the European Union makes carbon trading schemes a legal requirement, it has been claimed.
Electricity and gas prices in the UK have pushed household bills up by £4 a week, according to new research from Asda.
Energy saving homes in the UK are few and far between, according to new figures released by Legal Marketing Services (LMS).
The other energy firms need to follow British Gas's lead and reduce energy prices, according to a leading charity.
The chief executive of Consumer Focus has warned consumers that energy prices are complex to understand.
Green Energy has announced reductions of both its standard gas and electricity prices.
British Gas is cutting its standard gas tariffs by ten per cent from next month.
People across the UK are looking to save money on their energy bills by watching less TV and sharing things such as meals and bath water.
New research has found that manufacturers in the UK saw their electricity costs increase by 50 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The Carbon Trust claims biomass heating could save businesses money on their energy bills each year.
Energy firms should do more to help vulnerable people in society, according to Age Concern.
Energy firm npower has launched its energy efficiency learning scheme Climate Cops Academy in Norfolk.
A new survey has found only three per cent of UK small businesses are looking to reduce their energy bills.
Two energy efficiency experts claim large numbers of Brits do not know how to reduce their energy bills by going green.
The energy spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives claims Brits are confused by their energy bills.
E.ON has received consent from the Highland council for a new windfarm in Caithness.
The Energy Retail Associations has said the Conservative party's plans to install smart meters in homes across the UK can help people to save money.
Two industry experts claim making energy efficient lifestyle changes can result in large energy bill reductions.
SNP MP Adam Ingram has called for the UK government to force energy suppliers to reduce gas and electricity prices.
New figures show people are suffering due to the high energy prices in the UK.
RWE npower and E.ON are to embark on a joint venture to open new nuclear power stations.
A campaigner is calling on Gordon Brown to introduce energy price restrictions.
Industry experts claim serviced household appliances can help to make them more efficient and reduce bills.
EDF Energy's integration with British Energy can help the firm to grow its customer base, according to its chief executive officer.
Business Link claims smart meters are vital to help businesses save money on their energy bills.
ScottishPower has been granted planning permission for a new windfarm which will produce enough power for 16,000 homes.
TV weather presenter Sian Lloyd is urging people to contact the Home Heat Helpline as January is predicted to be a colder than average for the month.
E.ON has announced it has repaired an offshore windfarm in Northumberland.
Firms are not investing in green measures such as energy and water efficiency due to the current economic climate, according to new research.
Gas and electricity bills at York Hospital have shown a rapid increase in the past year, according to reports.
Energy-guzzling plasma TVs are likely to be banned under new European Union legislation due to be agreed this spring.
Nick Clegg has announced plans to hold a meeting between energy industry leaders to discuss alternatives to helping families struggling with gas and electricity bills.
Gas and electricity providers have agreed to change their code of practice following a campaign by the Financial Mail.
Cambridgeshire county council claims its bill for street lighting has almost doubled in the space of one year.
People should not worry about the UK's gas supply, the Energy Secretary has said.
Gas prices could fall across the UK in the next few weeks, despite the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, according to one expert.
npower has unveiled its new Risk Navigator, which aims to save businesses money on energy bills.
The former chairman of the Environment Agency claims the days of cheap energy are over.
People on one estate in Blackpool are sitting in the cold as they are too afraid to put their heating on due to the high costs, according to a community leader.
There are fears the situation between Russia and Ukraine could result in increased gas prices for UK consumers, according to reports.
The Scottish education secretary has announced new measures to help make schools across the country more energy efficient.
Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North, has launched a new notion calling for the reduction of unacceptably high bills.
Rumours are circulating that all energy firms will reduce their gas prices over the next three months.
An energy smart meter is increasingly important and can help change consumers' behaviour, according to reports.
ScottishPower has announced its new gas tariff.
A number of backbench Labour MPs are calling for Gordon Brown to issue a windfall tax on energy firms following accusations of profiteering through the winter months.
A Plymouth entrepreneur is launching his own energy firm, aiming to provide cheaper gas and electricity to consumers.
People should look for cheaper energy deals, according to a utilities specialist.
Renewable firm Dulas has received government funding to improve its solar power systems.
Lincolnshire county council is hoping its residents apply for the government-run Everybody Benefits scheme.