2009 March news archive
Liberalisation of the European energy markets is being pursued by EU officials in an attempt to drive down prices.
The sale of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) will increase efficiency, competition and value for money for British taxpayers, it has been claimed.
The cost of living is expected to rise during the next 12 months, it has been claimed.
ScottishPower has announced that it will pay interest to its Direct Debit customers who are in credit.
E.ON has launched what it claims is the cheapest energy tariff on the market.
Scandalous fuel poverty levels in the UK must be tackled with grass-roots energy efficiency initiatives it has been claimed.
Energy customers on pre-payment tariffs have higher energy bills, it has been claimed.
Consumers in Calderdale are being offered the chance to monitor the amount of electricity they consume in a hope that they can cut the cost of their bills.
The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour received widespread support over the weekend as many of the UK's most famous landmarks were plunged into darkness.
Independent business electricity supplier Opus Energy has struck a deal with Halfords bring the total number of business sites it provides electricity to up to 50,000.
The energy sector appears to be performing well despite the recession and ongoing global economic downturn.
The clocks will go forward an hour this weekend, but could springing forward two hours help save energy and cut bills?
Many people may choose to use online comparison sites to change their electricity and gas tariffs following the failure of the fuel poverty bill to pass through parliament.
The European Union has reached a deal which will result in further liberalisation of the continent's energy markets.
Consumers could benefit from cheaper energy tariffs if new proposals to promote the use of renewable energy are adopted.
Shopping around is the best way to get cheaper electricity and gas, it has been claimed.
Consumer Focus claims new Ofgem regulations are a positive step for the energy market.
UK businesses are paying £300 million extra for their electricity each year as idle computers waste energy.
Gas prices for consumers are expected to fall in the coming months despite the devaluation of the pound.
British electricity customers will be tempted to switch their tariff to a contract with npower by Wallace & Gromit.
Many consumers are in credit with their electricity and gas bills and are owed money by their suppliers, it has been claimed.
The government must draw up ambitious plans if it is to provide 15 per cent of the country's power from renewable sources by 2020, it has been claimed.
Ceres Power has announced it is set to build a new factory to manufacture low carbon energy systems for UK customers of British Gas and Calor Gas.
Ofgem has to decided bring more clarity to energy tariffs as many switching customers end up paying more.
New Ofgem rules "pack a punch for customers", the regulator claims.
Energy assessment firm Environ has been accredited by the Carbon Trust.
A cap on returns from energy investment is making Scottish Power's owner Iberdrola reluctant to invest in the UK energy infrastructure.
Consumers across the UK could be set to benefit from new regulations introduced by Ofgem to ban "unjustified" pricing of gas and electricity.
Wood burning power stations proposed in Swansea and Kidwelly have been rejected following planning meetings.
The UK's first green housing estate is set to be built on land at Carlisle Racecourse, it has been reported.
Consumers can expect higher electricity prices in the future as a result of the huge investment in renewable energy generation, it has been claimed.
The Environmental Audit Committee has welcomed the UK government's £535 million green stimulus plan, but claimed it is not enough to transform the UK's economy into a low-carbon one.
A landfill site in County Durham is set to power up to 4,000 homes as waste gas is turned into renewable electricity.
Npower has announced that it is to cut 7.2 per cent off its electricity prices, but has been derided for doing too little too late by industry experts.
E.ON chief executive Paul Golby has warned the government that failing to develop carbon capture technology could prevent it from reaching its carbon emissions target.
Consumers are cutting back on essentials such as food in order to afford their winter energy bills, it has been claimed.
Two energy giants who are in favour of increasing Britain's nuclear capacity have called on the government to reduce the number of renewable energy projects it develops.
The British government's carbon emissions targets do not go far enough to prevent dangerous climate change, it has been claimed.
A government programme to encourage the installation of renewable solar technology on public buildings by offering grants has been halted.
The European Commission (EC) has called on businesses to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve energy efficiency.
Cumbrian firm Sundog Energy has joined forces with Good Energy to promote the benefits of solar panels to residential energy customers.
Solar panels in the Sahara Desert could satisfy all of Europe's energy needs, it has been claimed.
British Waterways has joined forces with the Small Hydro Company in a bid to increase hydro-electric output by 210,000MWhours.
The UK is preparing to receive almost £1.5 billion from the European Union to invest in clean energy projects, following an announcement by the EU Commission.
Buckingham Palace has been dubbed the UK's least energy efficient home by a group of energy surveyors.
Green energy firm Ecotricity claims it spends a higher percentage of its revenue on green energy initiatives than any other firm in the UK.
The Conservative Party's shadow minister for climate change and environment Gregory Barker has hinted that domestic energy efficiency rules could be rolled out to include businesses.
Investing in domestic energy efficiency measures could be used alongside comparing electricity and gas prices online, it has been claimed.
The latest developments in energy efficient lighting have been discussed in the House of Commons.
Two of the UK's biggest retailers are set to increase the amount of waste food they supply to energy-from-waste plants.
A wind turbine which generates between £50,000 and £100,000 a year could help the Scottish village of Fintry become the greenest in the country, it has been claimed.
The wind power sector is reportedly lobbying the Treasury for increased financial support to be included in next month's budget.
Comments made by the prime minister regarding the positive effects renewable energy could have on the UK have been welcomed by a leading group.
Leaders of the renewable energy industry are calling on the government to spend the £625 million it has pledged immediately.
Upgrading Britain's aging national power grid by the year 2020 would cost in the region of £5 billion, it has been claimed.
A second energy consortium has been created to bid for sole rights to exploit the renewable energy potential of the Crown Estate.
Vegetables grown at the UK's biggest greenhouse have gone on sale.
The UK's only not-for-profit electricity and gas supplier has announced it is cutting its energy bills.
Green Lane in Cookridge, Leeds, has been named as one of the most environmentally-friendly roads in the UK.
Irish wind energy specialist Gaelectric is set to investigate the feasibility of a compressed air energy storage plant (CAES).
Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are suffering from the financial pressure of rising energy costs, it has been claimed.
The profit margin for gas and electricity suppliers amounts to £100 per customer per year, it has been claimed.
The falling demand for electricity in the UK has created a profit shortfall at Drax.
Four international energy firms have joined forces to win exclusive rights to develop windfarms at the Crown Estate.
Scottish Power is set to cut its standard gas and electricity prices on March 31st.