2012 December news archive


28 December

E.On first big energy provider to meet energy effiency targets

House inside a lightbulbE.On has announced that the firm is the first of the major energy companies to confirm it has met energy efficiency targets. As a result of the Government set Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP), the company installed more than 880,000 insulation measures as well as providing 'whole house' energy ...

28 December

UK cancer sufferers almost £3 million in debt to their energy firms

House inside a lightbulbA new report has suggested that cancer patients are more than twice as likely to find themselves behind on their bill repayments as the general population. The research from cancer charity Macmillan, warned that around 27,000 cancer sufferers in the UK are thought to struggling to pay their bills - owing as much as £2.8m ...

27 December

DECC report: UK well on the way to hitting 2020 green energy targets

House inside a lightbulbA new Government report has suggested that Britain is well on the way to hitting its 2020 green energy targets. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Renewable Energy Roadmap report said low-carbon electricity generation had increased by more than a quarter over the past year up to June 2012. The report claimed that ...

24 December

EDF nuclear power station decision delayed until next year

Electricty pylonThe energy firm EDF has confirmed that plans for its UK nuclear power station have now been delayed. A combination of cuts in the providers native France and the lack of agreement over pricing with the UK Government have been cited as reasons for the delay. EDF  - part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme ...

20 December

MPs: More action needed from Ofgem to ensure fair deal for customers

Cooking surface and gas ringsA report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee has urged the UK's gas and electric industry regulating body to take stronger action in ensuring energy customers get a fair deal. The MPs recommended Ofgem take action against energy companies that they claim have been taking advantage of customers reluctant to change providers, whilst offering ...

20 December

EDF launches its first energy day

Electrical dischargeA host of budding engineers gathered at the London Eye yesterday to take part in the launch of EDF's annual energy day. The energy firm, part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme, invited a number of engineers to the event, with a particular emphasis on the Women in Engineering initiative - which focusses on encouraging ...

17 December

FPAG: Fuel poverty could hit over 300,000 homes this winter period

Blue flames of gasThousands of UK households could be plunged into fuel poverty this Christmas according to a new report. The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) study claimed the increase in energy bills could potentially put 300,000 homes into fuel poverty over the winter period. A number of energy firms, including the 'Big Six' have all bumped up ...

17 December

Ofgem: £24bn UK energy network upgrade will add £12 to energy bills

Electricty pylonOfgem has granted permission for UK transmission firms to put an average of £12 extra on top of energy bills. The energy regulator has given the green light to a £24 billion gas and electricity upgrade over the next eight years - resulting in the added costs. However, Ofgem said it had cut around £7bn ...

14 December

Government climate advisers warn gas will add more to energy bills

House inside a lightbulbGovernment climate advisers have warned that domestic energy bills could be up to £600 higher per year in the next couple of decades - if the UK relies too heavily on gas. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) findings also showed that bills would only be around £100 higher if a move to renewable energy ...

12 December

OBR forecasts higher energy bills for UK energy consumers

Gas ringGas and electric customers are being warned that a rise in energy bills could outpace inflation next year. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is predicting above inflation price hikes in the new year which will pile further pressure on households already scraping by due to ever-increasing energy bills. Chairman of the OBR, Robert Chote, ...

11 December

E.On the last 'Big Six' firm to confirm energy price rise

Gas ringEnergy provider E.On is the last of the 'Big Six' energy firms to confirm that it will bump up its energy prices - with the changes coming in the new year. The firm had promised to keep prices the same this year, but that promise is due to expire at the end of the year. ...

10 December

Lack of belief in energy market costing small businesses £1.8bn

Electrical dischargeSmall business owners are missing out on a possible £1.8 billion in savings due to their reluctance to switch energy suppliers according to new research. The study by EnergyForecastor.co.uk claims that many company bosses are no longer changing the firm's energy provider as they believe there is no competition in the market. This has led ...

06 December

Osborne approves the building of over 30 new gas power stations

Burning Gas OvenThe building of over thirty new gas power stations has been given the nod by Chancellor George Osborne. The new ones are set to replace aging coal, nuclear and other gas stations and could help to produce around 26 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2030 - a net increase of around 5GW. However, environmental groups ...

03 December

Energy Bill aims at a greener future but will cost the consumer

Green Energy PlugThe Energy Bill has finally been unveiled; featuring a number of environmentally-friendly objectives. However, some environmental groups have criticised the use of a push for green energy as an excuse for increased household bills. As previously expected, the bill also outlined that energy firms would be allowed to stick a green levy on domestic energy ...