2011 December news archive


28 December

Energy bills rise by 9 per cent in UK during 2011

Woman keeping warm in winterAlthough domestic consumption levels have fallen when compared to 2010, energy bills have risen, on average, by around 9.2 per cent according to a forecast published by the government - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - and cited in an article published by Reuters. UK households paid around £100 more towards their ...

23 December

Gas distributors handed £5.2m fine by Ofgem

Blue flames of gasIndustry regulator Ofgem has fined two gas distributors a combined total of £5.2 million for their failure to act in time to gas leaks that occurred during the winter of 2010, according to an article published by Citywire Money. Owner of four networks, National Grid Gas (NGG) has been given the harsher penalty of the ...

21 December

Ofgem put forward new grid charges proposal

Electrical dischargeIndustry regulator, Ofgem - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - has published a list of proposals that could benefit generators of renewable energy, according to an article published by BBC News. The new proposals would see generators - such as those in Scotland - charged less to connect to the National Grid, ...

20 December

Co-operative Energy to slash energy prices

Yellow flameIndependent energy supplier, Co-operative Energy, has announced that it will be cutting the price of energy by around three per cent from February onwards, according to an article published by Reuters. Having entered the energy market in May of this year, Co-operative have attributed the cuts to a mild autumn - which has seen wholesale ...

20 December

Ofgem suggests drop in energy supplier's profit margins

Green Energy PlugRecent analysis carried out by Ofgem - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - has suggested that the profit margins enjoyed by energy suppliers have fallen, according to an article published by BBC News. Ofgem have said that energy firms previously made £125 per customer per year in October; however this figure is ...

19 December

NPC criticise lack of Warm Home Discount promotion

Gas ringA leading pensioners' group has launched an attack on the Government's fuel poverty campaign, according to an article published by the Guardian. The National Pensioners' Convention (NPC) has said that the Warm Home Discount (WHD) has suffered from being too complicated and poorly promoted. Under the Government scheme, pensioners could be entitled to a £120 ...

16 December

SSE to reimburse customers mis-sold energy tariffs

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceSSE - one of the "big six" energy suppliers - has announced that it will reimburse around £5 million to customers who have been misled into changing their energy supplier or tariff, according to an article published by the Telegraph. Household energy sales made by the company since October 2009 will be covered by the ...

12 December

EDF Energy named worst supplier by Consumer Focus

Electricty pylonEDF Energy has received the dubious honour of being named the worst energy supplier in the United Kingdom, according to an article published by the Daily Mirror. Following a 74 per cent rise in the amount of complaints lodged against EDF, Consumer Focus has awarded the supplier with a zero star rating - marking the ...

12 December

Labour MP launches attack on energy suppliers

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceEnergy suppliers have been accused of treating customers like "medieval serfs" by a Labour MP, according to an article published by the Guardian. Following Consumer Focus' revelation that the amount of complaints received by energy suppliers rose by 26 per cent during the last three months, John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, launched a ...

07 December

Industrialists hit by energy suppliers' demand for deposits

Electricty pylonMany industrialists have revealed that they have avoided opening new factories because of the demand by many energy suppliers for up-front payments, according to an article published by the Guardian. While the government has touted industrialists as having a big role to play in rebuilding Britain's economy, some companies are having to relocate their production ...

05 December

'Dash for gas' puts climate change targets at risk

Gas ringA policy that has seen energy suppliers in the United Kingdom "dash for gas" could see climate change targets missed, according to an article published by the Guardian. Renewable energy sources have seen a fall in construction during the past year - with around half the number of wind turbines built this year when compared ...

02 December

Elderly targeted by 'energy saving' box scam

Electrical output and cover plateElderly people are being duped into buying a device billed as an "energy-saving box", which has been found to be dangerous, according to an article published by BBC News. So far, Trading Standards has stated that they have had more than 200 complaints. Claiming to be energy suppliers, dodgy sales people are putting out calls ...

01 December

Ofgem receives backing of consumers to simplify tariff system

Electricty pylonOfgem has revealed that is has the backing of many consumers for its planned move to simplify energy tariffs, according to an article published by Stock Market Wire. The industry regulator's plans follow the widespread rise in prices implemented by many energy suppliers this year. Its consumer research has found that, under the proposed simplified ...