Energy Efficiency

03 June

Blow to the Green Deal as cavity installation figures plummet 97%

The number of people installing certain forms of insulation in their homes has plummeted - flying in the face of a flagship Government scheme designed to encourage UK residents to do more to improve their homes energy efficiency. The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency has released figures showing the installation of cavity wall insulation was down ...

14 May

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

The 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

First 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

Ed 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

The Government's Green Deal has come under fire from the European Commission for allegedly breaking EU rules on tax regulation.

19 February

Ofgem chief executive warns energy customers on chance of higher bills

The 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.

14 February

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

Two 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.

01 February

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

The 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.

28 January

Government's new Green Deal officially launches today

The 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

UK 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 ...