2013 July news archive


29 July

Energy climate committee criticises UK energy suppliers and Ofgem

Electrical dischargeA leading group of MPs has slammed the UK's energy industry and its regulator. The energy and climate change select committee pointed out huge energy price increase combined with massive profits and various mis-selling scandals at some energy firms had totally destroyed the consumers faith in the industry. It also criticised energy regulator Ofgem for ...

26 July

nPower becomes latest big six energy supplier to drop green tariffs for new customers

Green Energy PlugNpower has become the latest to announce it will be dropping its green tariff - though, existing customers will still be able to take advantage of the offering. This now means five of the UK's big six energy suppliers have stopped offering green energy tariffs to new customers. EDF Energy, SSE, ScottishPower and E.ON all ...

24 July

British Gas to launch smart meter advertising campaign this week

House inside a lightbulbBritish Gas has continued its trend of promoting the advantages of modern technology to its customers this week by confirming it will launch a smart meter advertising campaign. Although a nationwide roll-out of smart meters has been delayed until 2015, the energy firm is determined to raise awareness of the devices, with a key figure ...

23 July

British Gas launches new mobile app for tech savvy customers

Gas hob 2British Gas has launched a Mobile Energy app aimed at winning over more tech savvy customers. With smartphones becoming increasingly prominent in the UK, the energy company is targeting the likes of young students and 20-somethings, with the app providing ways for them to split bills more easily, telling the user exactly who owes what. ...

22 July

Government to offer communities cash incentives to host nuclear plants

Power stationThe government is hoping to entice a number of UK communities to embrace nuclear power by offering millions of pounds for them to host new nuclear power plants. Using Hinckley Point, Somerset - the site of the proposed new EDF nuclear plant - as an example, the local area could receive payments of upwards of ...

18 July

New study shows energy suppliers average time to answer customer calls

Gas hob 1A new survey from Which? has identified the best and worst energy suppliers for answering customers calls quickly. In research involving 16 separate suppliers, the consumer watchdog found npower was by far the worst company for answering calls - with the average waiting time a staggering 17 minutes and fives seconds. On the other hand, ...

17 July

Ed Davey blasts npower report and its energy bill predictions

Gas hob 1Ed Davey has hit back at the npower report which claimed the government's new green policies would result in the average energy consumer facing a £240 increase in their energy bill by the end of the decade. The 'Big Six' energy supplier published the report entitled Energy Explained on Tuesday (July 15) and identified a ...

16 July

'Big Six' firm npower says government green policies will raise bills

Gas hob 2A major 'Big Six' energy firm has been the first of the group of major suppliers to say new green policies will result in higher energy bills. RWE npower has warned the shift in government policies would result in energy bills sky-rocketing by more than 19% by 2020. In a report published today (July 16), ...

15 July

DECC scheme set to help large companies save £1.9bn for UK economy

PlugThe Government has announced new measures to improve the energy efficiency of large companies in a move which could save the UK economy almost £2 billion. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) scheme is being developed as part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and will help the country's larger firms save money ...

10 July

UK GBC urges Government to cut council tax on energy efficient homes

House inside a lightbulbCampaigners are pushing the Government to introduce measures to allow owners of energy efficient homes to pay less council tax and stamp duty to boost take-up of its Green Deal scheme. As part of an analysis on how to improve the Green Deal, the UK Green Building Council (GBC) suggested funding would be generated from ...

09 July

Research: Home insulation measures could cause dangerous overheating

Green Energy PlugNew research has claimed energy-saving measures such as those offered under the Government's Green Deal scheme could actually cause household temperatures to soar to dangerously high levels. Things such as loft insulation designed to help customers save money on winter fuel bills could actually pose a health risk during summer heatwaves according to the study. ...

08 July

E.On boss plays down claims of 'Big Six' strangehold on energy market

Gas hob 2The boss of  energy firm E.On has hit back at suggestions his company and other 'Big Six' suppliers have a 'stranglehold' on the UK market. Tony Cocker spoke out in defence of his company in the face of increasing comments raising concerns on the issue from the likes of ministers and Labour politicians, as well ...

04 July

Ofgem: Energy firms need to clamp down on electricity theft more

Electrical dischargeOfgem has issued a rallying call to UK energy suppliers demanding they help it clamp down on the significant number of electricity thefts in the UK. The energy regulator has pointed to figures suggesting the industry is victim to anything up to 25,000 cases of electricity theft each year, costing energy consumers more than £200m, ...

02 July

Government's Green Deal scheme under fire for over-focus on boilers

Green Energy PlugThe Government's Green Deal scheme has come under fire once again: this time due to it allegedly being overly focussed on boilers. Figures have emerged revealing most take up on the initiative has been to receive cashback on the installation of a new boiler system. In total, 974 cashback vouchers have been claimed under the ...

01 July

Energy regulator Ofgem once again warns of risk of UK energy blackouts

House inside a lightbulbOfgem has issued a further warning of the risk of potential blackouts in the UK. The energy regulator has warned electricity power capacity could fall as low as two per cent by 2015 and has also suggested more investment in power generation is essential in order to protect energy consumers. A number of factors are ...