2012 August news archive


28 August

Ecotricity owner reveals frustration over UK energy policy uncertainity

Green Energy PlugThe owner of one of the UK's main green energy suppliers has revealed that a lack of certainty from the government regarding renewable energy policy has left many suppliers in the sector frustrated. Dale Vince, owner of Stroud-based supplier Ecotricity, told Responding to Climate Change that the ongoing climate of financial austerity, coupled with the ...

20 August

New wind farm could provide a third of Welsh homes with energy

Electrical dischargeThe firm behind the construction of a new off-shore wind farm substation has stated that it could provide nearly a third of Welsh homes with green energy once completed. Designed and engineered by Harland and Wolff and Siemens, the substation will be installed at Liverpool Bay. It is currently scheduled to begin exporting electricity generated ...

15 August

Investment in Scottish renewable energy sector reaches nearly £3bn

Green Energy PlugNewly released figures have shown that the Scottish renewable energy sector has secured in excess of £2.8 billion of capital investment in the past three years. The figures were released by industry group Scottish Renewables last Friday (August 10); they displayed that since 2009 investments have been made in many areas - including solar panels, ...

13 August

Ecotricity remain committed to building Old Dalby wind farm

House inside a lightbulbEcotricity - one of Britain's main green energy suppliers - has confirmed that it remains committed to constructing a wind farm in Old Dalby, Leicestershire. The company won planning permission for the development in 2011 and had originally planned to have the wind farm up and operational during the same year. It is set to ...

10 August

Simple Power agrees deal to provide Power NI with renewable energy

LightbulbA Northern Irish wind power company has announced the beginning of a working partnership with the country's largest electricity retailer. Power NI will purchase the energy produced by Simple Power's wind turbines having agreed a 15-year contract. The deal will see Simple Power provide around 50 megawatts of clean electricity generated from renewable sources - ...

10 August

Good Energy switches meter reading service provider

Commercial constructionOne of the UK's big green energy suppliers has taken the decision to replace its meter reading contractor. Good Energy, IndyMedia UK reported, has taken the decision to drop G4S following allegations regarding its ethical policy. G4S first began reading meter reading for Good Energy in 2008, after it acquired AccuRead - which had previously ...

09 August

Investment needed for UK to acheive green energy target, Davey claims

Electrical output and cover plateEnergy secretary Ed Davey has claimed that £110 billion must be invested into the green energy economy if the country is to meet its 2020 green energy target. However, Davey also stated: "existing players don't have the cash to achieve the UK targets so the UK needs to attract big foreign investors." In a bid ...

08 August

Co-operative Energy reaches 100% renewable target

House inside a lightbulbAlthough a relatively new name in the energy market, Co-operative Energy has revealed that 100 per cent of the electricity it supplied to customers during its first year of operation was sourced from renewable sources. Earlier this year the company announced that it was sourcing in excess of 94 per cent of its energy from ...

06 August

Consumer groups air Green Deal concerns in letter to Ed Davey

Woman keeping warm in winterA number of consumer groups have warned that the government's Green Deal - designed to help cut energy bills and carbon emission levels by providing aging homes with insulation - could fail if reforms aren't made to its financing scheme. Greenpeace, Which? and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, along with the National Pensioners Convention ...

06 August

nPower energy saving Twitter campaign parodies 50 Shades of Grey

Electricty pylonEnergy supplier nPower has launched a blog and a Twitter campaign designed to provide consumers with hints and tips on how they can save money on their energy bills. Entitled '50 Shades of Green,' the campaign parodies the hugely popular erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey. nPower has claimed that the campaign will "get the ...

06 August

Viridor to provide Glasgow homes with renewable energy

Yellow flameRenewable energy and waste disposal company Viridor has signed a green energy deal with Glasgow City Council that will see it provide homes and public buildings in the city with energy, via a new recycling plant. Scotsman.com has stated that Viridor will go ahead with plans to build the new plant in Polmadie, Glasgow - ...

03 August

Good Energy looking to generate more renewable electricity

LightbulbIn a bid to help it generate a greater amount of its own renewable electricity, Good Energy has revealed that it is actively planning to build around 110MW worth of renewable energy generators in the United Kingdom. One of the UK's main green energy suppliers, it stated that it was investigating a number of onshore ...

02 August

Lloyds to invest in renewable energy projects

Green Energy PlugLloyds Banking Group has revealed that it will invest around £333 million into renewable energy projects. Part of a £1 billion package that has been designed to help to aid the delivery of the government's UK Guarantees scheme, Lloyds has revealed that it is currently looking at investing in up to 12 clean energy developments ...

01 August

Good Energy commences trading on AIM

Green Energy PlugOne of Britain's biggest green energy suppliers, Good Energy Group has begun trading on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Previously listed on the Plus Market, the Chippenham-based firm made its intentions to switch markets public last month (July). The company began trading on the AIM at 8am on Monday (July 30). Speaking about Good Energy's ...

01 August

Good Energy announces gas price cut

Blue flames of gasGood Energy - one of the UK's green energy suppliers -  has announced that all of its dual fuel customers will see their gas prices cut by five per cent from today (August 1). The supplier has cited a fall in the wholesale price of gas as the main factor behind its decision to implement ...