2014 July news archive


30 July

ScottishPower sees energy customer figures remain at a steady level

Electricty pylonScottishPower has revealed that it's been able to retain its customer levels during the first half of this year. Owned by Spanish company Iberdrola, the energy supplier revealed that its customer base remained at 5.6 million - the same amount it registered in June and December of last year (2013). In total, 2.2 million of these ...

29 July

Ofgem reveals increase in compensation for victims of power cuts

PlugEnergy industry regulation Ofgem has revealed that customers left without power during storms or other severe weather conditions will receive increased compensation from next April (2015). The current government rules dictate that anyone left without power for at least 24 hours during a severe storm must be paid a minimum of £27 compensation by their ...

28 July

The CMA to carry out UK energy sector investigation

Electrical dischargeThe Competition and Markets Authority is set to carry out an in-depth investigation into the UK energy sector. Set to take place over the next 18-months, the competition watchdog's investigation will cover a range of concerns, including how the big six energy companies continue to maintain supply market dominance more than 14 years after the energy ...

23 July

UK and Germany revealed as highest greenhouse gas contributors

Power stationA new report produced by WWF (Worldwide Wildlife Fund for Nature) and CAN (Climate Action Network) Europe has revealed that the UK and Germany are the largest contributing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Although both countries have been advocates for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, 18 out of the 30 highest polluting coal power plants are ...

18 July

Think tank urges city and local authorities to drive green investments

Blue flames of gasA new report has claimed cities and local authorities should play a much more active role in clean energy investment. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank's report, entitled 'City energy: a new powerhouse for Britain', recommends the UK takes a similar line to that of Germany. IPPR director, Nick Pearce, said, "Around ...

15 July

Improvements needed for UK to meet 2025 carbon budget

Cooking surface and gas ringsThe climate change budget for the UK is reportedly running off course and destined not to meet the 2025 deadline. For improvements to be made and the deadline to be met,  the country must set long-term targets and improve its low carbon policy according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Under the Fourth Carbon ...

11 July

Geldof supports rollout of smart meters across the UK

House inside a lightbulbThis week Smart Energy GB has introduced a national programme to install over 25 million smart meters into UK homes by 2020. Sir Bob Geldof, along with "Gaz" and"Leccy" the two smart meter mascots, will be the face of this campaign. Geldof and the mascots will be promoting the benefits of installing a smart meter ...

11 July

British Gas backs new £60m solar community project

Green Energy - Solar PanelsBritish Gas has backed a major £60m solar community project. The 'Big Six' energy supplier supports a major project which could fit 8,000+ solar panels.

10 July

SEA study claims UK could be £12bn better off with greener homes

Green Energy PlugA switch in policies to concentrate on making houses greener could result in savings of over £12 billion in the UK, according to the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA). By 2050, the UK needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Currently, proposed models aim to complete this through a range of  energy technologies and ...

09 July

PM David Cameron urged to support UK's solar industry in open letter

Green Energy - Solar PanelsMore than 150 firms have issued a letter calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to back the UK solar industry. Firms included Ecotricity, Kyocera and Good Energy all signed the letter, urging the Government to rethink proposed changes to subsidies involving solar power. The letter, which arrived on the day the Department Environment and Climate ...

08 July

Energy campaigners: Home insulation figures could drop to 10 year low

House inside a lightbulbChanges in government policies has led to a drastic fall in measures taken to improve energy efficiency in the home a campaign group has claimed. Research from the Association for the Conservation of Energy on behalf of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign has shown the level of new measures such as home insulation have fell ...

07 July

Ofgem confirms British Gas has been hit with £1m fine for mis-selling

Gas hob 2British Gas has been forced to pay out £1m to customers after it was found guilty of mis-selling energy deals. Last week, the 'Big Six' energy supplier was rumoured to be facing a £500,000 fine because some of its sales staff members had been found to have exaggerated claims during face to face sales, however ...

04 July

Good Energy chief: new solar farm at risk with change to subsidies

Green Energy - Solar PanelsRenewable energy firm Good Energy has warned a change to the subsidies for large-scale solar farm projects could put hundreds of new developments at risk. The major green energy supplier fears future projects along the lines of its development in Dorset, where the firm officially opened its first solar farm in the area last month, ...

03 July

Moody's rating agency says UK blackout concerns will be short-lived

Power stationThe wholesale price of electricity should remain at a similar figure in the future,  in spite of warnings about probable increases in prices as the UK faces the prospect of an energy blackout, a leading rating agency has suggested. Moody's rating agency has suggested an improvement in energy efficiency, better insulated houses and the creation ...

02 July

British Gas alleged to be paying out £500,000 after mis-selling claim

LightbulbBritish Gas is the latest of the 'Big Six' energy suppliers to be embroiled in an alleged mis-selling scandal. It has been reported the energy giant will shell out £500,000 after it was revealed it had allegedly mis-sold to thousands of customers by providing inaccurate savings estimates through face-to-face sales. British Gas and Sainsbury's Energy ...