2012 October news archive


31 October

Protestors storm EDF Energy power station in Nottinghamshire

Electricty pylonAn EDF Energy power station has become the scene of a climate change protest after a group of activists set up camp at the site. A group of five female protestors from the group No Dash for Gas have already been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass after making their way into the West Burton ...

30 October

Hitachi purchases Horizon nuclear power project from E.ON and RWE+++

LightbulbJapanese multinational conglomerate Hitachi is set to provide the UK nuclear power market with a boost after it bought Horizon Nuclear Power. It's signed a deal worth £700 million to purchase the company from energy suppliers E.ON - which is partaking in the Warm Home Discount Scheme - and RWE. Horizon was planning to build ...

29 October

E.ON to include contract end dates on energy bills of SMEs

Electrical dischargeE.ON has announced that energy contract end dates will be printed on the bills of SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses). The first of the UK's major energy suppliers to take such a step, E.ON hopes that the changes will make it easier for businesses to find out when their contracts end. The inclusion of contract ...

29 October

EDF Energy raises energy prices by almost 11 per cent

Electricty pylonEDF Energy has become the fifth big six energy supplier to raise its gas and electricity prices. In an announcement made on Friday (October 26), the company revealed that prices would go up by an average of 10.8 per cent - the biggest percentage increase of the year (2012). Customers on a dual fuel tariff, ...

19 October

MPs tell energy suppliers to highlight cheap gas and electricity tariffs

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceThe Government plans to crack down on energy suppliers by forcing them to offer customers their cheapest gas and electricity tariffs. Prime minister David Cameron has announced a new piece of legislation to make energy suppliers more transparent over their energy deals - after a number of suppliers revealed that prices will rise again. Three ...

17 October

Energy and Climate Change minister reacts to energy price rises

Yellow flameEnergy and Climate Change minister Greg Barker has branded the recent prices rises implemented by some of the UK's biggest suppliers as "very unwelcome." Mr Barker was speaking following the announcements that nPower and British Gas would both be hiking gas and electricity prices this winter. British Gas revealed on Friday (October 12) that its ...

16 October

ScottishPower becomes latest supplier to raise energy prices

Electrical dischargeFollowing in the footsteps of nPower and British Gas, ScottishPower has announced that its electricity and gas prices will rise this winter. The big six energy supplier will implement an average price hike of seven per cent. This rise will come into effect on December 3 (2012). ScottishPower - an energy supplier partaking in the ...

12 October

British Gas energy prices to rise by six per cent

Cooking surface and gas ringsFollowing much speculation that its prices were set to increase, British Gas has announced its electricity and gas prices will rise by six per cent. The big six energy supplier stated that the price hike had been implemented to cover the cost of energy at wholesale - which is rising - as well as upgrades. ...

11 October

British Gas set to implement energy price rise

House inside a lightbulbOne of the big six energy suppliers is reportedly set to implement a price increase. The London Evening Standard has reported that British Gas is preparing to hike its electricity and gas prices. Both of these rises could come into effect by November. It is expected to attribute the price increase to the rising costs ...

09 October

UK could face blackouts by 2015 - Ofgem warns

Electricty pylonIndustry regulator Ofgem has warned that the United Kingdom could face blackouts in the near future. Currently the chances of a blackout occurring stand at zero, however, this is expected to reach one in 12 by 2015-16, the Telegraph has reported. This is because the amount of operational power stations in the UK is decreasing ...

05 October

ScottishPower launches new fixed rate tariff

Electrical dischargeBig six energy supplier ScottishPower has unveiled a new fixed rate energy tariff. Launched on Wednesday (October 3), the Online Fixed Price Energy April 2014 tariff is only available online. It will replace the Online Fixed Price Energy March 2014 tariff - which generated a significant amount of interest and has since become fully subscribed. ...

04 October

NEA urges elderly to prepare for the winter weather

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceAn energy charity has urged elderly energy customers to take preparatory measures to ensure their homes remain heated during the colder winter months. National Energy Action (NEA) has raised its concerns that older British people might be left exposed to cold conditions once again. With many energy suppliers set to increase their prices, it is ...

02 October

EDF Energy unveils Blue+Price Promise

Burning Gas OvenEDF Energy has provided its customers with a boost after announcing the launch of Blue+Price Promise. Under this new initiative customers will have the chance to avoid any future price rises up until May 2014. This means that EDF customers could fix their energy prices - at a competitive rate - for the next couple ...

01 October

SSE to announce profits increase after implementing price rise

Yellow flameJust over a month after it revealed that household energy bills were set to rise, SSE has announced that it expects to post much larger profits in November. SSE stated at the end of August (2012) that it would be increasing the prices as a result of a hike in distribution costs; it also attributed ...

01 October

Energy prices set to rise during the next year

LightbulbMillions of households in the United Kingdom could see their energy bills rise during the winter months with suppliers across the board set to implement price increases. SSE has already announced that it will be raising the prices of gas and electricity, ScottishPower - a supplier that is partaking in the Warm Home Discount Scheme ...