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The latest edition of The Energyst is now ready to read today online or via the new Energyst App. The Energyst is now published monthly,...

Kwarteng seeks to calm energy chiefs, as Price Cap’s architect calls for its overhaul

Beleaguered energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng won the support of Britain’s power bosses today, reassuring them that vulnerable consumers would be continue to be protected,...

“Keep North Sea taps open”, urges UK gas group, as China buys energy ‘at...

Britain’s oil and gas industry has urged ministers to fight the gas price crisis by maintaining current production and approving new North Sea fields...

Citizens Advice flags consumers’ £30 per month energy cost hike, as 3 more suppliers...

Thousands of domestic users moved to a new energy company because their supplier has gone bust stand to pay nearly £30 more per month,...

Starmer: £ 28 billion every year to decarb Britain, plus a Clean Air...

Britain’s biggest opposition party has pledged to spend up to £ 28 billion every year this decade to  strip carbon out of the UK’s...

SSE pledges £153 million to enter offshore wind in Japan

SSE Renewables has allied with one of Japan's biggest wind power developers, to pursue offshore projects around the nation’s islands. The Perth-based generator-developer today said...

Stanlow owners Essar Oil UK in talks with HMRC over £223 million in unpaid...

The brothers owning Britain’s second biggest oil gas refinery, Stanlow near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, are in talks with UK tax authorities over an...

“Strip out gas to clean grid by 2035” – 13 big firms to Kwarteng

Major corporate energy users Thames Water, BT and the Co-op are among thirteen big employers today calling for 100% decarbonisation of Britain’s power by...

CRISIS LATEST: BEIS mulls windfall tax for gas profiteers. Two suppliers quit. Analysts warn...

Turmoil in the prices paid for Britain’s wholesale and retail gas is likely to continue deep into 2022, a leading analysis firm predicted today,...

Oilcos’ carbon emissions “may be double previous estimates”, Gore-linked scientists calculate

Oil and gas production worldwide may be responsible for as much as double the climate-warming harm previously assigned to hydrocarbons, new high-tech research claims. And...

BREAKING NEWS: Kwarteng reassures consumers over gas price crisis

Britain faces no crisis in security of supply during the current spate of gas price hikes and supplier failures, energy secretary of state Kwasi...

‘End in sight’ for coal power, as Paris accord axes 3 of 4 of...

Signing the 2015 Paris climate accord has led to the world’s pipeline of planned coal-fired power plants being slashed by as much as 76%,...

Watchdog eviscerates Sunak’s botched £1.5 billion Green Homes fiasco

The National Audit Office today delivers scathing criticism of the Johnson government’s botching of its programme to insulate 600,000 of Britain’s leakiest homes. In February,...

CCC boss says green reforms to Net Zero ‘eroded’ without wider public support

Progress towards the government’s goal of zero emissions by mid-century risks being derailed unless political leaders work harder to secure voters’ support, the head...

National Lottery, plus lad-o-parts Glasgow, pony up money – and skills – for energy 

Increasing cash support for community climate projects, including energy generation and saving, plus for training Scotland’s next generation of energy technicians, has emerged from...

Dutch ads watchdog bites into Shell’s ‘carbon offsets’ campaign

The Netherlands’ regulatory body for advertising has asked Royal Dutch Shell to withdraw its consumer promotion promising ‘carbon neutrality’ to drivers who pay extra...

CMA formally approves National Grid’s purchase of WPD 

National Grid’s £7.8 billion acquisition of Britain’s largest electricity distribution business has won formal approval from the competition watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority announced...

EDF’s 12% hike leads suppliers’ response to Ofgem lifting price cap

EDF has leapt first at the starting gun fired for energy retailers two weeks ago, when Ofgem lifted its cap on regulated home tariffs.. The...

Johnson’s hydrogen plan loses puff, as industry boss quits over blue H2’s ‘expensive distraction’

The government’s widely criticised plan to switch Britain to low-carbon hydrogen received another blow today, as news broke a leading industry figure has quit...

Fuel poverty ‘could top 4.4 million homes this year’, campaigners calculate

Nearly 400,000 more homes will be pushed into fuel poverty this winter, if Ofgem allows suppliers to raise tariffs, campaigners conclude today, citing new...