2013 August news archive


30 August

Britain up to fourth in Ernst & Young renewable energy rankings

Electrical dischargeA new report has placed Britain fourth in terms of renewable energy ranking, displacing Australia for the position. The Ernst & Young report also shows the US, China and Germany retained their positions of making up the top three in its Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices (RECAI). With cutting down greenhouse gas emissions at the ...

28 August

Rush to build solar farms sees increased levels of protests against them

Green Energy - Solar PanelsDiscontent is rising across the country as energy companies race to complete a number of solar farms before a subsidy on them is cut next year. Many local campaigners at sites set to see the construction of lots of solar farms have labelled the renewable energy devices an eyesore. In Norfolk for example, residents have ...

27 August

Data: Some wind farms generate just enough energy to boil a few kettles

Green Energy - Turbines WindmillsNew figures show that, at times, some of the country's biggest wind farms have struggled to generate enough electricity to boil a few kettles. The data released by RWE Energy showed at one point last week, three wind farms actually took electricity out of the National Grid rather than actually supplying it with energy. The ...

21 August

Many households set to be worse off as suppliers special tariffs end

Gas ringTens of thousands of energy customers face a rise in the their gas and electricity bills as many of the UK's energy suppliers shelve a number of their special tariffs. Many bill payers face the prospect of being shifted onto one of their suppliers standard tariffs - which for many may mean stumping up more ...

21 August

Work on first household to sign up to Green Deal initiative completed

Green Energy PlugThe government has revealed new statistics on its Green Deal initiative. The figures show July saw the first UK household actually complete the process - almost six months after it launched. In total, 133 households had signed up to the scheme by the end of July, with a further 286 potentially looking to benefit from ...

19 August

New study reveals UK homeowners have cut down energy use by a quarter

Gas water heaterNew research has shown the average household in England and Wales has cut down its energy use by a quarter in the last six years. The study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the average consumption of gas and electricity plummeted by 24.7% between 2005 and 2011. The decrease in energy consumption has ...

16 August

Energy firm npower latest firm to see revenues up - posts 11% increase

Gas hob 1The 'Big Six' energy supplier npower is the latest energy firm to reveal a surge in its UK gas revenues. Figures from its parent company RWE showed an 11% rise in revenue for the first half of the year - with figures reaching a total of £1.1bn. Npower put up its gas prices by 8.6% ...

15 August

'Big Six' UK energy provider E.On posts first half profits of 15%

Lightbulb'Big Six' UK energy provider E.On has posted profits of 15% for the first half of the year. The firm attributes the cold start to the year as part of the reason behind the £273m it generated in profits in the first half of 2013. In total, E.On's UK revenue rose more than nine per ...

14 August

Centrica chief Sam Laidlaw blasts government's ECO scheme

Green Energy PlugThe boss of British Gas's parent company Centrica has criticised one of the government's flagship energy efficiency schemes.

13 August

npower chief calls British Gas 'Free Saturday' move a gimmick

LightbulbThe head of 'Big Six' energy firm RWE npower has blasted rival British Gas's move to offer customers free energy on a Saturday - calling it little more than a 'gimmick'. Paul Massara claimed, if anything, a nationwide launch of the scheme would end up confusing customers. His scathing attack comes shortly after British Gas ...

12 August

Labour study: 'Big Six' energy firms raked in £3.74bn profit in 2012

electricity pylon 2New research has revealed the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers saw profits sky-rocket by more than 70% in the three years up to 2012. Compiled by Labour, the data shows the profits of firms including Eon, EDF and SSE soared by a staggering 73% to £3.74bn in 2012 - compared to a figure of £2.16bn ...

09 August

British Gas remove cancellation charges for customers switching tariff

Gas hob 2British Gas customers will no longer face early cancellation fees - as long as they are only switching to another one of the firm's own tariffs. Consumers on one of the 'Big Six' energy suppliers energy tariffs will now be able to switch to one of its new and existing fixed or variable range of ...

08 August

RWE npower set to shelf auto-rollover contracts for business customers

electricity pylon 2The 'Big Six' energy supplier npower has announced its plans to stop default auto-rollover contracts to business customers. The move is part of the firm's shift to offer its business customers more flexibility with their energy bills - with a particular focus on improving each consumers energy efficiency. The change in strategy will mean new ...

02 August

British Gas to offer smart meter users free electricity on Saturdays

LightbulbBritish Gas has unveiled plans to offer some of its customers free electricity on Saturdays. The move to cut down energy use at peak times in the week will only be available to its one million smart meter users however. If the plan is confirmed, it would be similar to British Gas parent company, Centrica's, ...

01 August

British Gas posts £356m profits - then warns bills may go up in winter

Gas hob 2The parent corporation of 'Big Six' energy supplier British Gas has announced profits of £356m for the first half of the year. Centrica confirmed its residential arm had made an increase of profit of 3.2%, but then used the announcement to warn UK energy customers their energy bills may go up again in the winter. ...