2013 April news archive


30 April

Longest Fixed-Price Deal Launched by ScottishPower

Electrical dischargeScottishPower has unveiled a new fixed-price energy deal, promising set prices for longer than any other energy supplier. Consumers who switch to the deal will pay the same price for energy until the end of February 2016 - with an average yearly energy cost of £1,301. The deal, rolled out on Thursday April 25, trumps ...

25 April

First Utility Customers To Be Hit With Price Hike

Yellow flameFirst Utility is set to scrap its iSave V12 tariff, leaving customers with 19% more to pay each month, on average. Over a year, this amounts to an average of around £200. Customers on the iSave V12 tariff will automatically switch to the iSave Everyday tarrif on June 1. Although the 19% price rise is ...

24 April

MP Proposes Reforms For Energy Suppliers

Gas ringCustomers could be getting a better deal on the energy they use, if Government plans go ahead. John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, has released a policy document entitled We Deserve Better. The document outlines plans to "put customers first," citing consumer distrust of the utility industry. Proposals put forward in Penrose's document include switching from ...

19 April

ScottishPower Sets Out Plans for 2,500 New Jobs

Electrical output and cover plateEnergy supplier ScottishPower has announced plans to create 2,500 jobs over the next ten years as part of a £2.4bn investement. The news comes after the firm - owned by energy giant Iberdrola - announced 1,500 new jobs last year, bringing the total to 4,000. ScottishPower intends to employ hundreds of additional engineers to help ...

19 April

npower Accused of "Tax Dodging" in Online Petition

Commercial constructionnpower has been urged to "stop tax dodging" in an online petition signed by around 87,000 people. The energy firm had previously admitted it has paid no corporation tax in three years - revelations made public on Tuesday at a select committee hearing on energy and climate change. The petition, launched by campaigning community 38 ...

18 April

SSE expects to pay £1.5m in compensation, MPs hear

Gas water heater'Big six' energy supplier SSE has told MPs that it expects to pay £1.5 million to its customers in compensation. The company was fined £10.5 million by Ofgem for mis-selling earlier this month. It previously revealed that it had set aside £5 million for compensation. SSE's deputy chief executive, Alistair Phillips-Davies, told MPs on the ...

16 April

Campaign group in Wales urges UK Government to do more on fuel poverty

Green Energy PlugA campaign group in Wales has urged the UK Government to give further support to pensioners in order to cover the cost of increased energy bills.

15 April

'Big Six' energy firms under fire as new figures show soaring profits

Cooking surface and gas ringsThe 'Big Six' energy suppliers have been criticised by a campaign group following the release of new figures suggesting the firms have doubled their retail profit margins. Figures from Ofgem suggest in the last 18 months the main energy firms have more than doubled their retail profit margins, raking in an average of £95 on ...

12 April

Big Six energy firm E.On seeks approval on £2bn UK wind project

House inside a lightbulbE.On is seeking approval from the Planning Inspectorate for a major new wind energy project on the Sussex coast. The 'Big Six' energy supplier is hoping to get the green light for its £2bn Rampion offshore wind farm. A previous plan for the site, set to be located eight miles off the Sussex coast between ...

11 April

Big Six energy supplier EDF Energy Launches Blue +Price Promise tariff

LightbulbEDF Energy has launched a new fixed-rate tariff for its customers. The 'Big Six' energy firm has launched the Blue +Price Promise February 2015 offering customers a price freeze - based on a competitive rate. It is estimated the average dual fill energy bill for most UK homeowners stands at £1,265. Customers on the Blue ...

10 April

French expert warns EDF may have to pull out of nuclear developments

Electricty pylonEDF could potentially be forced to pull out of plans to develop new nuclear plants in the UK according to a leading authority on the French nuclear power industry. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, Mycle Schneider, warned the 'Big Six' energy firm was in "big trouble". Mr Scheider, who previously acted as an advisor ...

09 April

Siemens opens first ever UK tidal power production plant in Bristol

Green Energy PlugThe first ever UK tidal power production plant has now been officially opened. Operated by Siemens, the 25,000 sq ft facility has been opened in Bristol with the purpose of developing turbines designed to play a significant part in the generation of marine energy through tidal turbine farms in Wales and Scotland. The facility has ...

05 April

Concerns re-emerge over chance of higher energy bills after more snow

Blue flames of gasFollowing yet another bout of snow across some parts of the UK, there have been renewed concerns over the prospect of the bad weather leading to a rise in domestic energy bills. New reports suggested March was the second coldest on record; with the extended period of cold weather seeing severe shortages of gas supplies ...

04 April

Ed Davey muses Energy Bill changes amid concerns from green generators

Electricty pylonEd Davey could be considering changes to the Energy Bill according to a new report. According to the Financial Times, the energy secretary may be looking at changes due to claims the current reforms may in fact increase the dominance of the 'Big Six' energy suppliers - forcing out a number of independent generators. Those ...

03 April

Big Six energy firm SSE fined record £10.5m by energy regulator Ofgem

Gas ringOne of the main 'Big Six' energy suppliers in the UK has been hit with a record £10.5m fine by Ofgem. SSE received the fine due to what the energy regulator called 'management failures' that then led to 'prolonged and extensive' mis-selling. The fine is the largest ever dished out by Ofgem - with it ...