2013 December news archive


31 December

UK's energy minister to call for huge increase in solar panel use

Green Energy - Solar PanelsThe UK's energy minister is expected to make calls for a staggering four million solar panels to be installed on government land and buildings. Greg Barker is expected to make the announcement in the new year: The plans would see solar panels covering land the size of 3,400 football pitches built on government property including ...

20 December

Ofgem hits npower with £3.5m fine for breaching sales rules

Gas hob 1Ofgem has hit the energy supplier npower with a £3.5m fine for breaching sales rules. The UK's energy regulator hit the 'Big Six' firm with the huge fine as it had broken rules to do with doorstep and over the phone sales. Ofgem claimed a number of weaknesses in npower's sale processes meant customers were ...

19 December

MPs Issue Warning Over Possible Closure Of Eggborough Power Plant

Power stationA number of Tory MPs have called on Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey to reconsider the government's biomass subsidy scheme. MPs, including Chris Heaton-Harris, have written to Mr Davey following a warning by the chief executive of Eggborough power station that it could be forced to close following a change in funding for green ...

18 December

Ineos boss warns nuclear power from Hinkley C will be too expensive

Power stationThe boss of one of the UK's biggest energy consumers has warned power from the new Hinkley Point nuclear power generator will be too expensive. Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos - the world's fourth-largest chemicals company - told the BBC in an interview he did not expect any companies in the manufacturing industry to pay the ...

13 December

New study slams UK gas and electricity market

House inside a lightbulbNew research has slammed the competitiveness of the UK's 'Big Six' claiming it has fallen to an all-time low. In the study by Helsinki based consultant, Vassaett, it is claimed the number of UK households switching energy providers has almost halved in the last seven years. The study concludes this makes it easy for the ...

11 December

E.On scraps Age UK tariff - many pensioners now face £78 bill increase

Cooking surface and gas ringsE.On is set to shelf another tariff designed to offer discounted rates for pensioners, just months after it axed a similar scheme. The 'Big Six' supplier is set to scrap its Age UK deal which offered cheap prices for those over 60, with many being forced onto a more expensive fixed rate tariff. E.On previously ...

10 December

Level of UK energy users switching energy suppliers at three year high

PlugUK energy users have switched energy suppliers at a level not seen for more than three years according to new research. With energy bills sky-rocketing, consumers have opted to vote with their feet with many seeking out competitors outside of the so-called 'Big Six' offering better deals. The study by Energy UK, the representative of ...

09 December

E.On announces 3.7% energy bill increase from January 2014

Gas hob 1E.On has become the final 'Big Six' energy supplier to announce an energy bill price hike this year. Dual fuel customers will face an increase of £48 when the price increase comes in effect on January 18. Electricity only customers will see their average bill go up by 3.7% or around £20 a year and ...

06 December

Osborne officially unveils plans for £50 a year saving on energy bills

House inside a lightbulbThe government finally officially unveiled its plans to cut the average homeowners energy bill by £50 a year yesterday (Dec 5) in its Autumn Statement. George Osborne confirmed the new measures would come at the expense of a number of green levies being lifted from power companies, in particular energy suppliers would have more time ...

05 December

Key government energy advisers criticise its latest policy changes

Gas hob 2The political wrangle over the government's re-working of a number of green schemes has continued, with leading advisers on energy efficiency slamming the changes. The shift in policies in order to potentially save energy consumers £50 per household, although endorsed by the 'Big Six' energy suppliers, has been labelled as 'sticking plasters' and 'watering down' ...

04 December

'Big Six' energy supplier npower lays off 1,460 of its staff members

Yellow flameOne of the UK's biggest energy suppliers has announced it will be closing offices in order to outsource work to India. The move by Npower will see 1,460 of its UK staff lose their jobs as it closes offices in Stoke on Trent and one of its offices in Oldbury, with back-office customer service functions ...

04 December

Two small energy suppliers set to rival 'Big Six' with price freezes

House inside a lightbulbA number of small independent energy suppliers have introduced a range of deals to entice customers away from the 'Big Six' providers. Ecoctricity and Good Energy have announced price freezes until at least April 2014 and March 2014 respectively, and Co-operative Energy has unveiled a new fixed-rate tariff which will become the cheapest currently available ...

03 December

Ed Miliband hits out at government's plans to reduce energy bills

Gas hob 1Labour leader Ed Miliband has proclaimed the coalition government's latest targets of cutting domestic energy bills by up to £50 a year are nothing more than 'smoke and mirrors'. The government revealed plans for the saving involved spreading costs such as the insulation of homes into general taxation over a longer period rather than subsidies ...

02 December

Many 'Big Six' suppliers to cut bills under new government measures

Electrical dischargeA number of major energy suppliers have unveiled plans to pass on savings to their customers following the government announcing a number of new measures. Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the plans to save up to £50 on energy bills per household on the Andrew Marr show. On the BBC One show, he said: "This will ...