Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Labour plans nationalisation at below market value

Investors in Britain’s energy network companies are unlikely to receive compensation based on market value when the businesses are nationalised by a future...

UK gas distribution group Cadent to pay £44m over past failings

Cadent, the UK’s leading gas distribution network, is to be hit with £44m in additional costs for a litany of “past failures” including...

Slow burn? The long road to a zero-emissions UK

It is the near future. You wake in a house warmed by a heat pump that extracts energy from deep below the ground...

'Zombie firms' a major drag on UK economy, analysis shows

A rising number of underperforming “zombie firms” are creating a major drag on the UK economy and threaten to exacerbate a future downturn,...

SSE blames competition in energy sector as it cuts 444 jobs

SSE, one of the UK’s “Big Six” energy providers, is set to cut 444 jobs in its struggling retail business, blaming a series...

Britain passes one week without coal power for first time since 1882

Britain has gone a week without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since Queen Victoria was on the throne, in...

Green gas and the question of digestion | Letters

Your article (Energy: 1m British homes are now using green gas, 27 April) was great to read. Much is written about renewable electricity,...

Time is running out for the UK’s frackers

You have to have a scintilla of sympathy for the shale gas industry. It cannot be easy winning round a sceptical populace when...

Can green energy drive further cuts in UK emissions?

Over Easter the UK set a new record for coal-free power, with the country running for more than 90 hours powered by gas,...

Carbon capture crucial to hit green targets, say MPs

The UK cannot “credibly” reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero without the widespread use of carbon capture technology but government support for...

City investors push for BP to be more open on climate change policy

A coalition of major City investors have emerged as key players in forcing BP to be more transparent in how it fights climate...

Cuadrilla ‘ready’ to frack second shale gas well

Cuadrilla, the company seeking to produce shale gas in the UK, said it was “ready” to frack a second well at a site near...

Hydro power operators press for UK rules rethink

Developers of “pumped storage” hydro power plants in Scotland have called on the UK government to rethink energy market rules for such projects...

Hidden costs on the path to net zero emissions

Pick a point in time at random, let’s say 11am on May 9 this year. Where did Britain’s electricity come from? According to...

British Gas broke in to change a meter that was not theirs

Last week British Gas tried to break into my house, damaging my locks in the process, and I thought it was a failed...

My release from prison for protesting fracking does not equate to justice | Simon...

This morning I woke up outside of prison for the first time since 26 September. I was jailed for 16 months after being...

Amazon accused of abandoning 100% renewable energy goal

Amazon has been accused of abandoning a much-publicised goal of running its datacentres on 100% renewable energy – instead focusing its attention on...

Hitachi board agrees to continue talks on Wylfa nuclear plant

Hitachi has agreed to continue negotiating with the UK over the future of a ¥3tn (£20bn) nuclear plant in Wales, in response to...

Why is Scottish Power’s boiler insurance a write-off?

I have just read your article about Scottish Power and gas boiler insurance. The company similarly told me my leaking boiler was beyond...

'Fog of Brexit has had massive bearing on energy bills' – supplier

Brexit has had a “massive bearing” on UK energy bills and consumers face further price rises if the pound falls further, according to...

Spark joins growing list of suppliers to cease trading

Spark Energy has become the biggest UK energy supplier to crash out of the market this year after it ceased trading on Friday.The...

UK energy suppliers set to offer post-Brexit contracts

The UK’s largest energy suppliers are about to offer long-term contracts without knowing what regulations will apply after Brexit, creating the risk of...

UK’s electricity prices risk ‘gilets jaunes’ backlash

Advances in technology have been crushing the cost of renewables. Strike prices for offshore wind farms have tumbled from £115 per megawatt hour...

Bulb to lower gas prices for 1 million customers by 2%

A million households will have their energy bills reduced after one of the fastest-growing suppliers bucked the recent trend for price increases. Bulb, the...

How to stop climate change? Nationalise the oil companies | Owen Jones

If only the Daily Express was right. That is not a sentence I ever expected to type. “Extinction Rebellion protests have WORKED as...

UK trials peer-to-peer energy trading

From the outside, Elmore House in Brixton, south London, looks like a fairly typical social housing estate. But the 62-flat block will be the...

Energy supplier Iresa collapses after record number of complaints

The UK’s cheapest and most complained about energy supplier has ceased trading, in a collapse that raised calls for tougher tests on new...

Centrica plans software business expansion to revive fortunes

Centrica is banking on its software business to help rejuvenate its fortunes, as the UK-listed energy company battles tough domestic markets and a...

Ofgem proposes energy networks ‘bailout’ scheme

Britain’s energy regulator is drawing up plans for a “bailout” scheme for the large monopolies that run Britain’s gas and electricity networks, which...