Energy Efficiency

14 May

£11.7bn smart meter roll-out to 30 million UK homes delayed until 2014

Commercial constructionThe roll-out of over 30 million smart meters to UK homes is set to be delayed by more than a year, the Government has confirmed. The £11.7bn project was set to roll-out in 2014, but has now been delayed until the autumn of 2015 with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggesting the ...

25 April

First Utility Customers To Be Hit With Price Hike

Yellow flameFirst Utility is set to scrap its iSave V12 tariff, leaving customers with 19% more to pay each month, on average. Over a year, this amounts to an average of around £200. Customers on the iSave V12 tariff will automatically switch to the iSave Everyday tarrif on June 1. Although the 19% price rise is ...

08 March

Energy secretary Ed Davey: Green Deal interest rates not excessive

Green Energy PlugEd Davey has defended the interest rates on the Government's flagship Green Deal scheme. The energy secretary claimed that the interest rates of around seven per cent were not excessive. Speaking to delegates at Ecobuild, Mr Davey said: "I would not expect many people to apply for finance yet. It's a bit too early, "I ...

22 February

European Commission take UK Government to court over Green Deal tax cuts

House inside a lightbulbThe Government's Green Deal has come under fire from the European Commission for allegedly breaking EU rules on tax regulation. The flagship scheme only launched late last month, but the UK Government is now being taken to court by Brussels: With the Commission claiming that under EU rules, any VAT reductions must be linked to ...

19 February

Ofgem chief executive warns energy customers on chance of higher bills

Burning Gas OvenThe chief executive of Ofgem has warned gas and electricity customers they could face higher energy bills as the country becomes more reliant on sources from outside the UK. Alistair Buchanan warned that an increased demand for energy - coupled with the closing old power plants - could result in demand outstripping the supply available ...

14 February

Almost two-thirds of the public have still not heard of the Green Deal

Green Energy PlugTwo weeks since the government launched its new energy efficiency scheme the Green Deal, a new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds (61%) of the public have still not heard of it. Despite this latest information however, key figures in the sector as well as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have said ...

01 February

Npower boss says energy firms not to blame for increased energy bills

LightbulbThe boss of UK energy firm NPower has said that energy firms cannot be blamed for the huge bill hikes which have seen consumers increasingly out of pocket. Energy bills have gone up a staggering 170% in the last decade, but Paul Massara says it is unfair to place the blame at energy providers doors. ...

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 ...

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 ...