2012 June news archive


29 June

E.ON launch Love Your Loft service

Woman keeping warm in winterE.ON - one of the big six energy companies - has launched a new service entitled "Love Your Loft." The launch follows research conducted by the energy supplier, in which they found that a quarter of people in the UK were ruling out insulating their lofts because the work was too messy or too difficult. ...

27 June

British Gas introduces "billing for dummies"

LightbulbBritish Gas - one of the big six energy companies - has launched its new "billing for dummies" system, according to an article published by the Telegraph.

26 June

E.ON set to open smart meter service centre in Bolton

Gas water heaterE.ON - one of the big six energy companies - has revealed that it will open a new smart meter customer service centre in Bolton, according to an article published by the Manchester Evening News. Located at Middlebrook, Horwich, the centre will create 85 jobs. The centre will be E.ON's second - having opened a ...

25 June

EDF Energy chief executive warns of electricity price rise

Electricty pylonThe boss of EDF Energy - one of the big six energy companies - has warned consumers to expect imminent rises in the price of electricity across Europe, according to an article published by EurActiv.com. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of the energy supplier, attributed the rise to the demands of moving closer towards a ...

20 June

British Gas smart meter plans strengthened by Power Plus Communications stake purchase

Gas water heaterBritish Gas - one of the big six energy companies - has purchased a minority stake in a German broadband services firm, according to an article published by ShareCast. Centrica, the owner of British Gas, revealed in an announcement made today (June 20) that the energy supplier had invested around €4.5 million in Power Plus ...

19 June

Co-operative Energy sees customer base increase following Big Switch

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceCo-operative Energy has revealed that it has doubled in size having won Which?'s Big Switch auction in May, according to an article published on the Co-operative News. The first scheme of its kind the United Kingdom, the Big Switch allowed suppliers - including the big six energy companies - to compete against each other in ...

19 June

Scottish MPs ignore home-grown energy suppliers to award EDF contract

House inside a lightbulbThe Scottish Government's decision to hand a £600 million electricity deal to French energy supplier EDF Energy, snubbing Scotland's two biggest energy suppliers in the process, has been criticised, according to an article published by Scotsman.com. SSE and ScottishPower - two of the big six energy companies - were overlooked, losing out on a three-year ...

18 June

Ed Davey welcomes Energy Efficiency Directive amendments

Gas water heaterEnergy secretary Ed Davey has acclaimed the changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) that will allow member states of the EU to set their own energy efficiency targets. In its original form, the EED was set to impose a mandatory set of energy efficiency targets across the EU member states - demanding a 20 ...

14 June

Suppliers could sell smart meter data to third parties, EDPS warns

Gas water heaterThe European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has warned that energy suppliers could sell the data gathered from smart meters to third parties. Although it has stated that the meters could bring significant benefits, it added that safeguards needed to be put in place to regulate how firms, including the big six energy companies, could use ...

12 June

Goldman Sachs forecasts increase in UK gas prices

Electrical dischargeInvestment banking firm, Goldman Sachs has advised gas suppliers to buy up the UK gas to be delivered during the next quarter, according to an article published by Reuters. Although some analysts have forecast that gas prices will fall below the current 56p a therm price for the third quarter, Goldman Sachs has said it ...

11 June

Gazprom interested in EDF's Sutton Bridge power station

Cooking surface and gas ringsOne of the world's largest gas businesses, the Russian-owned Gazprom, is thought to be one of the firms interested in buying one of EDF Energy's gas-fired power stations, according to an article published by the Telegraph. Located in south-east Lincolnshire, Sutton Bridge - an 819 megawatt power station - has drawn the interest of Gazprom ...

07 June

Energy minister secures block on publication of Green Deal meeting details

Gas ringEnergy minister, Greg Barker has secured a block on the publication of official minutes taken at a meeting with energy suppliers to discuss the Green Deal, according to an article published by Click Green. Barker successfully argued that the publication of the meeting's details was not in the "public interest" and a Freedom of Information ...

06 June

Thousands take up winning Big Switch offer

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceAround 36,000 people have decided to change their energy supplier in the aftermath of Which?'s Big Switch auction, taking up Co-operative Energy's winning offer, according to an article published by Which?. Held on May 11, the Which? Big Switch auction saw a number of suppliers - including some of the big six energy companies - ...

04 June

Study reveals shops "overcharged" by big six energy companies

Blue flames of gasA recent study, conducted by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), has found that shopkeepers are being overcharged by energy suppliers, according to an article published by the Telegraph. Around a third of participants in the study claimed that they had been charged for gas and electric that they hadn't used during the last year. ...

01 June

Small businesses fail to see energy benefits of cloud computing

House inside a lightbulbRecent research conducted by E.ON - one of the big six energy companies - has displayed a lack of awareness amongst SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) regarding how the use of cloud computing could help them reduce their energy bills, according to an article published by TechWeekEurope UK. A total of 896 SMEs were surveyed ...