2012 September news archive


28 September

How can people take advantage of the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

Electrical dischargeOnce again autumn has arrived, meaning that many people up and down the United Kingdom will be reaching to turn their heating on. However, thousands are likely to carry the burden of increased heating usage and rising energy costs this winter. Some though could be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. A scheme aimed ...

28 September

Scottish Power to offer free home insulation

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceScottish Power has announced that it is offering a number of free insulation deals. It has revealed that it will be offering loft and cavity wall insulation to anyone living in Britain; however, customers that don't live on the mainland won't be eligible to take advantage of the deal. Homeowners with existing loft insulation in ...

25 September

Which suppliers are involved in the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

Electricty pylonA scheme paid for and funded by the electricity suppliers participating in it, the Warm Home Discount Scheme is set to benefit many people across the United Kingdom this winter. Customers can find out if they are eligible to receive the one-off discount of £130 by calling the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline. However, many ...

24 September

How does the Warm Home Discount Scheme work?

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceIntroduced back in 2011, the Warm Home Discount Scheme is one  aimed at helping those most vulnerable with paying their electricity bills during the cold winter months. Those that qualify for the scheme are provided with £130, which they can put towards their electricity bills. Although most people are already aware of this, many aren't ...

20 September

DECC to propose new fuel poverty definition

Woman keeping warm in winterIn a bid to make the way in which fuel poverty is measured more clear, the government is to put forward a proposal to redefine the term. People considered to be in a state of fuel poverty under the current definition are those that spend in excess of 10 per cent of income (after tax) ...

20 September

Who qualifies for the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

Yellow flameA scheme that many people are likely to apply for before the cold weather sets in, some remain unaware that they are automatically considered for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Providing those who meet the qualifying conditions with £130 to put towards their electricity bills, this particular scheme is open to a core group - ...

19 September

Benefit with the Warm Home Discount Scheme this winter

Family of feet warming at a fireplaceWinter is almost upon us once again and in a bid to keep their homes warm during these chillier spells, many will understandably use their heating more. The increased use of heating devices coupled with the rising costs of energy bills is likely to be a burden for many people across the United Kingdom. However, ...

17 September

Good Energy throws support behind CCC calls for decarbonisation targets

Yellow flameGood Energy - one of the UK's green energy suppliers - has backed the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) call for the government to target a reduction carbon intensity levels in power generation. Included in an open letter to sectary of state for energy and climate change, Ed Davey, the CCC has called for a ...

14 September

Consumer Focus produces new energy rights guide

Woman keeping warm in winterConsumer Focus has produced a new guide  that details the levels of service consumers are entitled to expect from their energy suppliers. As well as covering standard energy suppliers, the guide - which will be sent out to all UK homes in the next couple of weeks - will also cover green energy suppliers. It ...

12 September

Planning inspector visits site of Ecotricity's proposed wind farm

Green Energy PlugA government planning inspector has visited the proposed site of a controversial new wind farm. Richard Thomas visited the site, at which Ecotricity - one of the UK's green energy suppliers - is planning to build four turbines, located at Standle Farm, in Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire. Members of Stroud Council have already rejected the proposal - ...

10 September

Charles Hendry replaced as energy minister

Electrical dischargeThe government has revealed that John Hayes, a Tory MP, will replace Charles Hendry as Energy Minister. Part of the government's ongoing reshuffle, the appointment has raised concern amongst some green energy suppliers, as well as amongst those within the renewable energy sector. Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, has previously shown a ...

07 September

British Gas boss rejects energy market competition restriction claims

Cooking surface and gas ringsIn response to the complaints made by the bosses of smaller energy suppliers, that the big six are preventing the market from being competitive, the boss of British Gas has told MPs that it continues to remain competitive. The bosses of Ovo Energy and Good Energy - one of the UK's many green energy suppliers ...

05 September

Ovo Energy boss accuses big six firms of impeding a competitive market

Electricty pylonThe UK's big six energy suppliers have been accused of "squeezing competition" by Ovo Energy founder Stephen Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald made the claim when speaking to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. He stated: "In a competitive market, prices could be lower." "We've been in business three years now and the competitive environment has never been ...

05 September

Green energy suppliers score well on FiT customer satisfaction survey

House inside a lightbulbGreen energy suppliers, Ecotricity, Green Energy and Good Energy have received "excellent" ratings amongst the majority of their customers in a customer satisfaction survey of their Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) services, conducted by YouGen. The levels of satisfaction amongst people who generated their own electricity displayed towards their FiT service varied significantly. This was evidenced in the ...

03 September

E.ON vows to maintain current gas and electricity prices

Electrical dischargeFollowing SSE's announcement last week that it would be increasing its energy prices by around 9 per cent from October, E.ON has revealed that it will not by increase its standard gas and electricity prices. Providing its customers with a sense of relief, E.ON has stated that it will also take steps to simplify its ...