2011 September news archive


30 September

Co-operative Energy become latest to raise energy prices this winter

LightbulbAlthough only launched earlier this year – back in May – Co-operative Energy has followed in the footsteps of the so-called “big six”, becoming the latest of the energy suppliers to increase their prices, according to an article published by the UK Press Association. It's 14,000 customers will now see gas prices hiked up by ...

28 September

– Labour's Meg Hillier warns of potential winter fuel crisis that could affect thousands

Electrical dischargeThe well-documented recent rise in energy prices has prompted Labour to warn that thousands of UK consumers could be at risk from a “winter fuel crisis”, according to an article published by the London Evening Standard. Speaking at the annual Labour Conference, held in Liverpool, shadow energy secretary, Meg Hillier warned: “This winter, many thousands ...

27 September

EDF, E:ON and npower open to price inquiry

Yellow flameIn the aftermath of a spate of recent criticism regarding rising energy prices, three of the “big six” energy suppliers have stated that they would welcome an inquiry into prices, according to an article published by This Is Money. EDF, E:ON and npower have all reacted positively to the idea, following Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne's accusation ...

26 September

Miliband to highlight plans to end dominance of the “big six”

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceFollowing on from Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne's speech at last week's Lib Dem Conference, Labour leader, Ed Miliband is set to use his party's own conference to highlight Labour's plans to provide families with cheaper gas and electricity, according to a report published by the Telegraph. Set to take place tomorrow (September 26) in Liverpool, ...

22 September

Energy Secretary pledges change to current energy supplier practices

Electricty pylonFollowing a recent interview in a newspaper, in which he criticised consumers for not “shopping around” for energy prices, Chris Huhne has made a pledge to “get tough” with energy suppliers, according to an article published on the BBC's website. Making a speech at the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham, the Energy Secretary told the ...

19 September

Huhne criticises lack of 'shopping around' on energy rates

LightbulbFollowing the recent 15.4 per cent rise in gas prices from EDF, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has intimated that consumers should take greater care in shopping for their energy deals if they're to get cheaper bills. Huhne, speaking in an interview with the Times, was critical of consumers, stating ...

14 September

Npower 'won't sell' during smart meter roll-out

Gas water heaterThe first of the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers has made a public promise not to use the country-wide roll out of smart meters as an opportunity to sell gas and electricity. Energy firms have been charged with fitting 53 million smart meters in UK homes by 2019. The meters are designed to help households ...

12 September

Energy bill price rises set to start this week

House inside a lightbulbEnergy suppliers E.ON and Scottish and Southern Power will introduce their latest price hikes this week. Both companies announced planned price rises for gas and electricity bills a few weeks ago - the new tariffs will go "live" this week. E.ON will raise its electricity prices by 11.4% and gas by 18.1% on Tuesday. On ...

09 September

'Consumers save by switching energy supplier' - report

Electrical dischargeEight of ten consumers who switch service providers end up saving money, according to a new report. The National Consumer Agency in Ireland found those who swapped suppliers for electricity, car insurance and grocery shopping made savings compared to those who stayed with the same supplier. Nine out of ten of the consumers who did ...

08 September

EDF Energy off the doorstep

EDF Energy has become the latest UK energy firm to suspend doorstep selling, joining British Gas, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Power.

07 September

Suppliers urged to push on CO2 reductions

Green Energy PlugEnergy suppliers in the UK are being urged to push on quickly to ensure they meet carbon reduction targets for consumer's homes. The Government set the carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) three years ago, and hopes to cut 293 million tonnes of carbon emissions across households in the UK. It told energy suppliers that they ...

06 September

Switch energy suppliers before the winter chill

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceThe temperature is dropping, the skies are going grey and the blustery winds of change are blowing summer away, and bringing in the autumn season. All memories of sunny days will soon be washed away by rain, and with them, comes the time to fire back up the heating. With the days going darker, too, ...

05 September

'Lazy' Brits don't insulate homes

LightbulbBritish homeowners are too lazy to properly insulate their homes despite potential savings being similar to cheap gas and electricity bills, according to a new survey. Energy giant E.ON surveyed 2,000 people during August to find out whether they had insulation, and, if they didn't, why they had not installed it. The company claims up ...

02 September

Smart meter scheme may have 'little effect'

Gas water heaterA Government scheme to fit every UK home with a smart meter to monitor energy has been "rushed" through, according to a new study. The £11.8bn scheme to add smart meters to 26 million homes by 2020 was designed to help householders save energy and get cheaper gas and electricity bills. However, critics of the ...

01 September

Sun is great for Good Energy

Electricty pylonA small energy supplier, which claims to be the UK's only provider of 100% renewable energy, has announced plans to increase its production from solar power. Good Energy says it hopes to provide around 30% of its energy from solar power - up from its previous amount, which was under one per cent. It's a ...