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Scrap the ECO? Poor families shivering, failing installers & a scuppered Net Zero...

Lobbyists for distributed green power today warned the Johnson administration against bowing to backbench pressure and scrapping the green levies included in rocketing power...

Ovo “to cut 1,700 jobs” amid crisis

Ovo Energy is reportedly contemplating cutting up to a quarter of its workforce, as the world’s accelerating wholesale gas crisis bites into its biggest...

Citizens’ Advice: Single grant needed this April, to stave off bills taking “generationally high”...

This spring's expected near-50% hike in the retail energy price cap will put £700 per year more on default tariffs, hitting Britain’s poorest hardest,...

Crisis: Gas hike set to outlast “temporary” Johnson, as Centrica and Ovo moot green respite

Britain’s head of government, confessed attender at a No 10 lockdown party and late apologist for insulting the conscientious, suffered further humiliation today, as...

Crisis latest:  Windfall tax on oil majors, say Labour: Keep Net Zero measures & tax carbon,...

The ‘temporary’ energy price crisis of suspected No.10 party-attender and beleaguered premier Johnson has ground on into its fourth month, with an appeal from...

Brits’ noses and bairns’ b*ms to be wiped clean, thanks to Octopus’ wind

Flexible renewables mega-developer Octopus has squirted ink onto paper, wrapping up a deal with paper-maker Kimberly-Clark, for supply of clean power from its Lanarkshire...

“Magnetisable concrete” trialled for non-stop charging of EVs

The prospect of wirelessly charging electric trucks, vans and cars while on the move came closer this week, as a key manufacturer signalled development...

Toasty! Government draws down another £19 million for heat networks

Britain’s embrace of low-emissions heat networks is set to warm further, fuelled by £19.1 million of new support from Whitehall announced late last month. Piped...

Gas crisis: Energy companies float CfD variant as solution

Energy suppliers are asking the government to launch a variant on contracts for difference (CfDs) as a way of spreading the rocketing costs of...

2021 is solar’s best year yet in Europe, trade body finds

Solar PV deployment this year in the EU was the fastest in the technology’s history, industry advocates SolarPower Europe have calculated. Defying the continuing pandemic,...

Ofgem cushions SoLRs’ costs with £1.8 billion, as generators seek £20 billion loan to...

Britain’s power and gas retailers have reportedly convinced D-BEIS in principle to draw up a loan scheme, granting them leeway to fight a potential...

Nukes: French see Olkiluoto 3 feeding Finns’ grid ‘in January’; Rolls-Royce SMRs ‘fully funded’

The 12-year-delayed nuclear forerunner of Hinkley Point C is expected to be pumping power into its nation’s grid late next month, according to an...

Where’s Rishi? Energy leaders seeks Chancellor’s help to stave off rocketing bills

A group representing Britain’s energy suppliers and generators today predicted bills next year will rise by between 45% and 50%, and called today for...

Schroders buys three-quarters of green power asset managers Greencoat

International investment bankers Schroders have taken a 75% stake in renewables asset managers Greencoat Capital, at a cost initially agreed at £ 358 million. Global...

Ofgem warns Balancing Mechanism players

Rocketing costs of last-minute interventions needed to balance Britain’s power grid have prompted an Ofgem warning that it stands ready to tighten market rules...

Cornwall un-sunny on price cap: “Expect 46% rise for next summer, & winter 2022...

Analysts at respected consultants Cornwall Insight are forecasting the default price cap for home energy tariffs covering summer 2022 will shoot up to approximately...

Onshore wind supported by 80% of Brits, as renewables resisters change minds or die

Britons’ resistance to renewable energy continues to weaken even among the old, the government’s long-term tracking study of public attitudes indicates. A combined 87% of...

Kwarteng to ‘refresh’ Energy Retail Market Strategy

Hard on the heels of Ofgem’s financial stress tests taking effect next month on UK retailers, the government has said it will review its...

Net Zero MPs ‘profoundly concerned’ about Johnson’s lack of NZ action

Parliament’s all-party Net Zero interest group has accused the Johnson administration of ‘just hoping for the best’ in its supposed quest for carbon reductions...

Suppliers’ finances stress-tested from January, as Ofgem reacts to 2021’s slaughter

Energy retailers surviving this year’s cull of 26 suppliers to date must from January prove their financial strength to Ofgem's scrutineers, under today’s toughening...