2011 June news archive


30 June

More energy price rises on the horizon?

Cooking surface and gas ringsWith Scottish Power recently announcing a hike in its gas and electricity prices, there were fears that other large energy suppliers could follow suit. On Tuesday, British Gas gave a strong hint that their tariffs could be next to rise. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, the chief operating officer of British Gas, Ian Peters, ...

28 June

Eight million could save on gas and electricity

House inside a lightbulbEnergy companies will have to offer customers their cheapest gas and electricity packages within the next fortnight. MP Chris Huhne, the Energy Minister, said energy suppliers would have to voluntarily begin offering their lowest tariffs - and could face new legislation if they fail to comply. The MP claimed up to eight million households would ...

24 June

Europe moves to cut energy use

Electricty pylonThe European Union is hoping to reduce energy use across member states by up to 20%. But it wants countries to volunteer to cut energy use, which has drawn criticism from environmental campaigners. The move comes alongside current Europe-wide drives to shift towards renewable energy sources and cut emissions. The EU originally wanted mandatory targets ...

22 June

Ofgem investigating Scottish Power

Burning Gas OvenGovernment energy regulator Ofgem has announced an investigation into "potentially misleading" marketing by Scottish Power. Scottish Power came under fire recently for raising gas prices by 19% and electricity by 10%. It blamed a 30% rise in wholesale energy costs for the hike. When announcing the rises, Scottish Power highlighted its Direct October 2012 offer, ...

20 June

Energy minister wants supermarkets to supply energy

Electrical dischargeThe Government has called for supermarket giants to start supplying energy. Chris Huhne MP, the Liberal Democrat energy minister, is concerned about the rising cost of gas and electricity - despite the Conservative's pre-election pledge to halt soaring bills. According to the Daily Mirror, the MP has said supermarket giants like Tesco and Asda should ...

17 June

Energy minister wants tax hike for uninsulated homes

Green Energy PlugChris Huhne, the Lib Dem Energy Minister, has called for higher council tax rates for families who have not insulated their homes. Insulation - such as loft insulation or cavity wall insulation - could help cut energy bills for the average home by more than £100 a year. Mr Huhne said he wanted councils to ...

16 June

Green energy could mean rising costs

House inside a lightbulbA leading energy expert says Scotland will not only fail in its drive to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2020, but it could double the cost of energy for customers. Professor Ian Fells, from the University of Newcastle, told the Daily Telegraph that he believed Scotland would only manage a maximum of 40% of ...

15 June

Red tape cut for small energy suppliers

LightbulbSmall energy suppliers could benefit from a cut in red tape announced by Government this week. Energy Minister Charles Hendry has unveiled plans to make smaller energy companies exempt from two government initiatives. Suppliers with less than 250,000 customers can now opt out of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target or the Community Energy Saving Programme. ...

14 June

Government casts a cloud over solar plans

Electricty pylonA cloud could be lifted from over the UK's solar energy industry as the Government seeks to salvage large-scale solar projects. The Coalition government originally flung the solar industry into darkness when it announced huge cuts to subsidies for large-scale solar projects in favour of subsidising smaller domestic schemes. Now, according to the Daily Mail, ...

13 June

Ireland sees gas prices rise and warns of higher electricity prices

Electrical dischargeEnergy prices are expected to rise later this year in Ireland according to Ireland's energy provider Bord Gáis Energy, who  warned of higher costs.  The anticipated rise in gas prices will also push up electricity prices. While the wholesale price of gas increased in May, wholesale oil, coal and electricity prices all fell. Overall wholesale ...

10 June

Hidden green tax in fuel bills: A £200 stealth charge is slipped on to your gas and electricity bill

Electrical output and cover plateHidden green taxes now make up a fifth of every household's gas and electricity bills, energy campaigners warned last night. This makes up an average of £200 a year in stealth levies to subsidise Britain's massive expansion of wind farms, solar panels and 'environmentally friendly' heating schemes. Now campaigners are calling for an end to ...

09 June

Will gas overtake renewable energy?

Blue flames of gasHouseholds which use gas might be surprised to hear that the head of a US conglomerate believes gas will overtake renewable energy in the coming years. Steve Bolze, chief executive of General Electric's power and water arm, told the Guardian that gas is an efficient way of meeting demand when the wind does not blow ...

08 June

Energy bills to rise by £200 as Scottish Power unleashes massive price rises

Electricty pylonMillions of families are to face crippling energy bills after one supplier revealed massive price rises yesterday. Scottish Power  revealed electricity charges will jump 10% and gas by a staggering 19% on August 1 – an increase for some of almost £200. Now British Gas, E.ON, npower, EDF Energy and Scottish & Southern Energy are ...

06 June

Could Wind Farms provide Cheap Electricity?

Electricty pylonWind Farms may be the latest development to assist with cheap electricity, and an onshore wind farm in Scotland has started producing energy for the national grid. The South Lanarkshire facility is expected to be completed next year and its first turbine is already operational. Colin Hood is chief operating officer at the development and ...

03 June

Electricity saving light bulbs

LightbulbInefficient light bulbs are being phased out over the next few years - encouraging everyone to spend less on electricity. Inefficient light bulbs will gradually disappear from UK shops - they're all being replaced by energy-saving light bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs are compact, bright and available in a wide range of shapes and the ...

02 June

How to cut costs at home

Electricty pylonEveryone is trying to tighten their belts at the moment, and there are some quick and easy ways you can do just that and reduce your household costs without adapting your lifestyle. 1.  Don't leave appliances on standby.  Appliances will still be using energy while they are on standby so pull the plug when you're ...

01 June

Co-operative to become energy provider

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceThe Co-operative is launching its own energy company to directly compete with the "big six" gas and electricity suppliers, due to the Ofgem market review, which advised providers to simplify their tariffs. Nigel Mason, Co-operative Energy spokesman, says: "It's time the industry had a radical shake up. Customers have been bamboozled by complicated tariffs and ...