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Shapps publishes suppliers’ performance on Energy Bill Support vouchers

Energy firms vary unacceptably in their success or lack of it in delivering energy savings vouchers to to customers struggling with high prepayment meter...

Speed up Britain’s drive to Net Zero, Tory ex-minister Skidmore urges

Green investors have welcomed a far-ranging acceleration of Britain’s Net Zero ambitions, advocated by Conservative MP Chris Skidmore. The former energy minister was asked by...

Ofgem fines Drax £6 million for three years of Balancing Mechanism excess claims

Renewables generator Drax has admitted breaches of its licence in relation to unjustified Balancing Mechanism claims made during repeated periods of grid constraint. Implying today...

Solar roofs should be “mainstay” of tougher building code, MPs are urged

Solar electricity systems pre-installed on new homes must be a mainstay of beefed-up  building regulations, MPs on Parliament’s environmental audit committee were told yesterday. Ian...

Citizens Advice: Millions left in dark, as 1 pre-payment meter is cut off every...

3.2 million clients on pre-payment meters saw their power supply terminated last year, equivalent to one disconnection every ten seconds, new research by Britain’s...

Money needed now for mass home retrofits, powercos, councils & builders urge Sunak

Power retailers, social landlords and councils are urging Rishi Sunak to begin mass insulation now among Britain’s 28 million homes, instead of waiting three...

One in four small businesses “will suffer”, says FSB, as Govt cuts energy bill...

Representatives of British business reacted with emotions ranging from despair to resignation today, in response to the government's reduction in protection from rocketing energy...

Business energy bills: Treasury pledges £5.5 billion of support for twelve months beyond March

The government this evening unveiled new levels of public support for businesses’ energy bills beyond March 30, when the first six-month phase of current...

Solar heat-with-power innovator Naked Energy buffs up, targets Portugal and Greece

“Twin solar” technologists Naked Energy are targeting new EU territories with two distribution deals announced today. In September the Crawley-based firm, founded in 2009 by...

Enforcement action revealed after Hinkley Point C site death

Three enforcement notices have been served on owners and contractors at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development following a worker’s death on...

Whitehall advisor Peter Mather “quits BP”, after ‘conflict of interest’ fears

A senior advisor on government energy policy has reportedly stepped down from the BP payroll, as an investigative news source voiced concerns over a...

Smart meters box clever through strongest year for data growth

Britain’s national network of smart meters, developed and maintained by the Data Communications Company (DCC), grew by over 6.3 million meters last year, a...

Public opposes Hunt’s “punitive” focus of EGL tax grab on clean generators, poll finds

Pressure increased today on chancellor Jeremy Hunt to scrap his “punitive” five-year Energy Generator Levy windfall tax on green generators’ sales, with resisters releasing...

Green generator ‘lawyers up’, goes gunning for Hunt’s ‘smash & grab’ EGL

Energy ministry D-BEIS and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt face a legal threat this morning from a £2 billion investor and builder of 1.5GWp of wind...

Bluefield & Octopus tie up PV deals – though not with each other……

Solar photovoltaics’ progress to ousting planet-cooking hydrocarbon from electricity generation advanced still further this week, exemplified today by Bluefield Solar Income Fund. The investment vehicle...

Re-think EGL tax grab, or endanger renewables investment, REA tells Chancellor

The Chancellor’s imminent electricity generator levy (EGL) risks stalling or stifling hundreds of millions of new investment in renewables, Britain’s biggest lobbying body for...

Octopus completes acquisition of Bulb

Extravagantly paid energy tyro Hayden Wood’s “too-big-to-fail” failed supplier Bulb, once the doyen of lying premier Johnson, finally collapsed into the arms of Octopus...

Infrastructure Bank offers councils £4 billion for heat networks, as D-BEIS warms three towns’...

More than £30 million from public funds is set to benefit heat networks in Hull, Peterborough & Wigan. Projects in the first two cities are...

‘Intelligent Octopus’ inks charging deal with brand owner of Peugeot, Fiat and Alfa Romeo

Car maker Stellantis, manufacturer of brands including Citroën, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Peugeot, has signed a deal to provide extended charging for its...

Shapps reverses Truss ban, launches homes insulation drive in third week in December

Energy secretary Grant Shapps did at the weekend what libertarian PM Liz Truss refused to two months ago, launching an £18 million publicity drive...