2013 January news archive


29 January

Survey: Half of UK households unaware of energy bill help available

House inside a lightbulbA survey has revealed that less than half of the households in the UK are aware of help they are entitled too when it comes to their energy bills. The research by the Home Heat Helpline found that only 49% of the 1,951 participants actually realised that they were eligible for help. Of those surveyed, ...

28 January

Government's new Green Deal officially launches today

Electrical dischargeThe Government's new 'Green Deal' scheme officially launches today (January 28). Households across the country will now be able to seek Government supported loans on a number energy efficiency improvements. Firms backing the scheme include British Gas's parent company, Centrica, E.On and SSE - who are all also part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme. ...

25 January

Ofgem could fine British Gas up to £1.2bn for missing its CERT target

Burning Gas OvenUK energy firm British Gas could be hit with millions of pounds worth of fines following its failure to meet energy efficiency targets. The energy regulator Ofgem could fine the energy company up to £1.2bn for failing to meet its carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) set by the Government. It is understand that the firm ...

25 January

SSE chief Ian Marchant to step down in the summer

Electricty pylonThe chief executive for the UK energy firm SSE is set to step down in the summer. Ian Marchant announced that his current deputy, Alistair Phillips-Davies, would be replacing him following his departure. Mr Marchant, said: "the time is right for a change for both SSE and me." He had been head of SSE for ...

24 January

New Poll: Four out of five UK homeowners unaware of new 'green deal'

House inside a lightbulbWith only days left until its launch, a new poll has found out that four out of five people in the UK have not even heard of the Government's new 'Green Deal'. Set to launch on Monday January 28, the new scheme has been greeted with a level of indifference from the public - with ...

23 January

Campaigners warn PM that 9m families could be in fuel poverty by 2016

Green Energy PlugPrime Minister David Cameron has received a letter from campaigners urging more action on fuel poverty. Charities and other groups are demanding action.

21 January

New survey shows that MPs are beginning to lose trust in energy firms

Green Energy PlugA new survey has revealed a stark drop in the number of MPs who still have faith in the UK's energy firms to deliver on a number of key issues. The Ipsos-MORI study did show however that, on the whole, there still remained a belief in the energy companies to keep the country's lights on, ...

18 January

EDF report: nuclear power stations in record output

Electricty pylonThe UK energy firm EDF has reported that its eight UK power stations have produced the highest electricity output in seven years. In fact, the firm claims that the 60 Terawatt hours of low-carbon electricity generated by the plants, was around 50% higher than when EDF first acquired them in 2009 - with them now ...

17 January

High energy and food bills keep inflation at 2.7% for third month in a row

Green Energy PlugHigh energy and food bills were key factors in keeping inflation at a continued high last month. According to The Office for National Statistics, which use the Consumer Price Index to measure predictions, the cost of living stuck at 2.7% for the third month in a row in December. The rate was offset somewhat by ...

14 January

75% of trains to be electric by 2020 in £3bn EDF and Network Rail deal

Electricty pylonEDF and Network Rail have put pen to paper on a £3bn deal that will see nuclear power generated by the energy firm supply electricity to railways across the country. The UK rail network operator hopes that the deal will help to further reduce its fossil fuel use over the next ten years. Currently in ...

11 January

Report claims EDF in talks with Chinese firm over nuclear power plants

Electricty pylonEDF and a Chinese firm are in talks over construction of new nuclear power plants in the UK according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal suggests sources close to the matter have said that the energy firm is in talks with state-owned China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co. over forming a partnership in ...

08 January

New survey reveals a quarter of mums have to choose food over heat

Green Energy PlugA new report has claimed that one-quarter of mums have had to make a desperate choice between heating or food as a result of increased energy bills. The survey conducted by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign also revealed that eight in ten families have been forced to ration their heating. Furthermore, some nine out of ...

07 January

British Gas managing director Phil Bentley set to step down

Burning Gas OvenBritish Gas managing director Phil Bentley is set to step down from his role at the energy firm at some point in the upcoming few months. The announcement could come as soon as its parent company, Centrica, announces its preliminary results at the end of February. Centrica is also set to announce the outcome of ...

04 January

Huge winter fuel bill awaits millions of UK households

House inside a lightbulbMillions of UK households will receive an energy bill next month for a staggering £530 on average. The huge bill will greet energy consumers who pay their bills quarterly. Research has suggested that around 6.5 million households have already been left in fuel poverty this winter, in part due to the various price hikes imposed ...

03 January

Former MP: target winter fuel payment to cut cost of care for elderly

Green Energy PlugA former MP has suggested that the winter fuel payment should be means tested to allow further investment in care for the elderly. In the report by Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow and the Centre Forum think tank,  it was claimed that by targeting the current fuel payment system, money could then be invested in ...

02 January

British Gas removes two online tariffs from its selection

Burning Gas OvenAs of Monday (December) 31 British Gas has removed two of its tariffs for the firm's energy customers. The firm has opted to remove both its Online Fixed and Websaver 13 tariffs from the market. The Online Fixed plan was only available for British Gas customers who paid by Direct Debit, and it included an ...