2014 April news archive


30 April

Ovo launches new system to encourage community led energy production

Electrical dischargeIndependent energy firm Ovo Energy has launched a new community led energy creation scheme designed to combat the monopoly of the UK's established Big Six energy suppliers. The energy supplier is offering to act as a co-ordinator and technology partner to help boost local energy production. It hopes to create as many as 500 providers ...

28 April

Co-operative Energy implements energy price rise of £27 per year

LightbulbCo-operative Energy has announced that its energy prices will increase by 2.4 per cent. Going against the energy price reductions implemented by many energy suppliers, Co-operative has hiked prices by £27 per year for customers on its variable tariffs. The higher prices will come into effect on 27 May (2014). Its typical dual fuel bill ...

25 April

Energy suppliers agree to cut switching times

PlugThe Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed that energy suppliers have agreed to cut the amount of time it takes to switch supplier by half by the end of this year (2014). Typically the process of switching energy providers has taken customers around five weeks - a far greater amount of time ...

25 April

Government approves eight new renewable energy projects

Green Energy PlugThe government has announced that it has given its approval for eight new renewable energy projects. The projects include the conversion of energy plants, currently powered by coal, to run on biomass and the construction of offshore wind farms situated on the coasts of Norfolk and Yorkshire, in Liverpool bay, and just off the Moray. ...

17 April

EDF opens new offshore wind farm and gas power plant

Power stationEDF Energy has announced the opening of a new gas power plant and offshore wind farm. Both the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm and the West Burton Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station, in Nottinghamshire, were officially opened by the energy supplier's chairman and chief executive, Henri Proglio and energy minister, Michael Fallon. The offshore wind ...

16 April

OVO unveils energy tariff priced less than £1,000

Electricty pylonOVO Energy has unveiled the first energy tariff to offer customer an average annual bill of less than £1,000. With the Cheaper Energy Fixed tariff, the independent energy supplier has estimated that consumers would have to pay, on average, just £998 per year for the energy they need to power their homes. The new tariff ...

14 April

Davey agrees with UN report, calls for Europe to be as ambitious as UK

Green Energy - Turbines WindmillsClimate Change Secretary Ed Davey has backed a new UN report calling for a massive shift in how energy shift in energy creation, but also called for Europe to be as ambitious as the UK on the issue. The report - issued at a press conference in Berlin on Sunday (April 13) - has encouraged ...

11 April

British Gas Business fined £5.6m for preventing businesses switching supplier

PlugBritish Gas' has been fined £5.6 million after investigations found the Big Six energy supplier had incorrectly blocked businesses from switching.

10 April

Good Energy sees pre-tax profits reach £3.3m in 2013

Green Energy PlugWiltshire-based green energy supplier Good Energy has revealed that it saw its pre-tax profits more than double in 2013, having attracted around 14,500 new customers during the past 12 months. Good Energy's total customer base rose by 32 per cent, which helped its pre-tax profits hit £3.3 million. The number of customers on its electricity ...

09 April

New solar farm in Lincoln set to be the biggest in the UK

Green Energy - Solar PanelsA new solar energy farm in Lincoln is being touted as the largest of its kind in the country after it was granted planning permission. The solar farm at an old RAF base in Faldingworth is set to be the size of 210 football pitches with 196,000 panels. Although it has not yet officially confirmed ...

08 April

Energy ombudsman: Complaints against energy suppliers up 224% in 2014

Blue flames of gasComplaints against energy suppliers in the first three months of 2014 have risen a staggering 224% up on the same time last year it has emerged. The figures from the energy sector's ombudsman show complaints trebled to 10,638 from a figure of 3,277 during the same period last year. With the latest statistics showing the ...

07 April

SSE boss admits energy industry needs to accept stronger regulation

LightbulbThe chief executive of SSE has stated that the energy industry needs to embrace proposed market reforms and accept tougher regulation. Alistair Phillips-Davies made the comments whilst speaking at the Energy, Politics and the Consumer event organised by Cambridge University and YouGov. Speaking at the event in London, Mr Phillips-Davies stated: "As privatised utilities, we ...

02 April

Energy supplier bosses admit customers have been let down in new report

House inside a lightbulbBosses of the largest energy suppliers in the UK have admitted that they let their customers down through a combination of confusing bills, low quality service, and poorly handled complaints in a new report compiled by YouGov. The private polling company's report will be delivered  at the Energy, Politics and Consumer conference on Thursday (April ...

02 April

Good Energy's new Hampole wind farm starts to generate electricity

Green Energy - Turbines WindmillsGreen energy supplier, Good Energy, has revealed that its brand new South Yorkshire wind farm has begun generating and exporting renewable electricity. Located in the village of Hampole, near Doncaster, the wind farm cost around £16 million to construct, features four turbines and  has a total generation capacity of 8.2MW - enough electricity to power ...

01 April

Davey: Plenty of investment in energy sector and lights will stay on

Electricity PylonEnergy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has hit back at claims the UK could be at risk of an energy blackout, while also rebutting the idea investors were now shying away from the UK. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Davey suggested the UK actually had the" healthiest pipeline of investment in our history". Statistics ...