2013 September news archive


27 September

Ed Miliband responds to critics of Labour energy price freeze plans

LightbulbLeader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has responded to critics of the party's proposals that it would freeze energy prices if he won the 2015 election. Whilst the idea has been met warmly by consumer groups, it's had a number of high-profile critics, including Liberal Democrat and current energy secretary, Ed Davey. Mr Davey ...

27 September

British Gas threatens to leave UK if Labour's proposed price freeze comes into effect

Electricity PylonCentrica has warned that it will leave the UK if the Labour Party's proposed energy price freeze comes into effect. The British Gas-owner has already revealed that it's pulled the plug on the creation of gas storage facilities in the North Sea and in East Yorkshire, with a lack government subsidies cited for the abandonment ...

24 September

First Utility Calls On Energy Industry To Make Switching Easier

Electrical output and cover plateIndependent energy supplier First Utility has called on the energy industry and the government to make the supplier switching process simpler for consumers. The Warwick-based company's calls follow the release of its survey results, in which it found that 93 per cent of respondents stated they'd like to see the switching process sped up to ...

20 September

Four Of UK's Big Six Energy Suppliers To Stop Automatic Rollover Business Contracts

PlugFour of the UK's big six energy suppliers have announced that they'll no longer be using automatic rollover business contracts. ScottishPower, E.On, SSE, and nPower have followed the lead of British Gas, who were the first company to announce they'd be ending the use of automatically renewed business contracts in July. ScottishPower stated that it ...

19 September

DECC: Green Deal is encouraging uptake in energy efficiency products

Green Energy PlugThe Green Deal has encouraged many UK households to take up some form of energy efficiency updates in their home according to new figures from the government. Conducted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the research shows more than half (56%) of households who had an assessment under the initiative had already ...

17 September

British Gas confirms £600m deal with smart meter provider Landis+Gyr

LightbulbBritish Gas has confirmed it has reached a £600m agreement with smart meter provider Landis+Gyr, who will now provide all of its smat energy meters.

17 September

SSE set to launch reward scheme for its energy customers

Electrical dischargeSSE is set to launch a reward scheme to its customers in line with its sponsorship of major sporting events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rugby Football Union (RFU). The 'Big Six' energy firm is looking to capitalise on the success of other reward schemes, such as the mobile network giant O2's, ...

16 September

Questions asked over Scottish Power's sponsorship of fuel poverty event

House inside a lightbulbA row has broken out over one of the 'Big Six' sponsoring a fuel poverty conference. The campaign group Fuel Action Poverty has voiced its disapproval of Scottish Power sponsoring a national conference on fuel poverty which begins today (Sept 16). Speaking for the group, Clare Welton said: "In order to really tackle fuel poverty, ...

12 September

First Utility Launches Fixed Rate Energy Tariff

Electricity power lines at nightWarwick-based energy supplier, First Utility, has unveiled a new fixed rate tariff. The First Utility iSave Fixed v10 tariff enables homeowners to sign up for fixed prices up until January 2016. It's been earmarked as the cheapest tariff covering such a timescale, and homeowners could expect to pay £1,274 on average per year. Speculation has ...

10 September

E.On buys Matrix as it looks to improve energy efficiency offerings

PlugE.On has bought the energy management and efficiency firm Matrix in a deal worth a reported £85m as it looks to offer business customers a new way of improving energy efficiency. The 'Big Six' energy supplier believes the Manchester based business could be one way in which it helps itself meet government quotas on energy ...

09 September

EDF launches new Blue + Price Promise December 2014 tariff

Electrical dischargeEDF Energy has announced a new extension to one of its key fixed rate price plans. The energy supplier will now offer customers a further three months protection on its Blue + Price promise tariff - extending the original September 2014 tariff, to December 2014. The deal offers EDF customers the option to fix their ...

05 September

BBC survey: Third of population are worried about paying energy bills

House inside a lightbulbA new survey has suggested more than a third of the UK population are concerned about their heating bills. The BBC Radio 5 live survey showed a further quarter of those questioned said they had endured "unacceptably cold" homes over the past year as they struggled to pay for their energy bills. Almost two-thirds (63%) ...

04 September

ScottishPower launches Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy Tariff

electricity pylon 2One of the UK's big six energy suppliers has unveiled a new long-term fixed price energy deal, which will see it donate money to Cancer Research UK for every new customer signing up for the product. ScottishPower has stated it will pledge £10 to the charity as part of its Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy ...

03 September

Millions of homes unwittingly breaching energy efficiency rules

Green Energy PlugNew research has revealed millions of UK homes are unwittingly in breach of the government's energy efficiency regulations. A Freedom of Information (FOI request) has shown almost three-quarters of the country's privately rented homes are let without a mandatory Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPCs display a property's energy efficiency on a scale one A to ...

02 September

Energy regulator Ofgem launches its new Standards of Conduct

Gas hob 2Ofgem has now officially brought in its new rules for energy suppliers. The energy regulator has brought in a new code of conduct designed to aid energy consumers, and eventually ensure energy companies reduce the number of tariffs available to customers to a total of four core options. Ofgem's new Standards of Conduct are based ...