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Archive for March, 2011

UK Loses Position in Green Investment Rankings

A report by the US Pew Environment Group has placed the UK in 13th place on an international league table of green investment – 10 below the country’s position in 2009. Although Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to make his government the “greenest” ever, it would appear that pre-election promises have fallen by the wayside […]

Baxi Supports UK Government’s Stance on RHI Policy

Baxi, one of Britain’s leading suppliers of energy efficient central heating systems and part of BDR Thermea, has welcomed a publication released by the UK Government that provides details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Policy. The RHI is expected to provide support to installation firms providing renewable heat technology. In an economic climate that […]

Expert claims many UK homes remain uninsulated

According to TV presenter George Clarke many UK homes are still without insulation. Architect and TV presenter George Clarke has expressed that many of the UK’s existing housing stock is still without insulation, despite the Government’s ambition to improve energy efficiency in homes. In a bid to address this concern, Mr Clarke explained that the […]

Tenants put Salford’s ‘Energy House’ to the test

Tenants from housing associations in the north west took over the University of Salford’s ‘house in a lab’ during Climate Change Week as they announced the results of a national survey looking at how social landlords can make the UK’s housing stock greener. On Monday, March 21, 20 residents gathered in the replica terrace home, […]

UK Government to Cut Solar Panel Subsidies

The UK’s Coalition Government – the same administration that promised to be the ‘greenest ever’ last year – has announced plans to introduce a 70 per cent cut to the Feed-In Tariff scheme (FIT) for large solar energy enterprises. Due to come into effect on August 1, 2011, the move would reduce payments made to […]

Ofgem Instructs Energy Firms to ‘Simplify’ Tariffs

Regulator Ofgem has issued a stark demand to the leading energy companies in the UK: simplify tariffs for consumers or risk being referred to the Competition Commission. Having spent months criticising the leading energy firms for failing to pass on reductions in wholesale fuel costs to customers and increasing tariffs with the aim of protecting […]

EDF Energy partners up with Citizens Advice to help customers

EDF Energy, one of Britain’s leading energy companies, has  announced a new nationwide partnership with Citizens Advice, the largest provider of independent debt advice in the UK. EDF Energy will be funding an Energy Debt Advice service, which will offer its customers free access to independent advice on how to deal with household debts through […]

RHI could cause air pollution warns EPUK

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) risks increasing air pollution in urban areas, warns the leading charity Environmental Protection UK (EPUK). The Renewable Heat Incentive will offer all households regular payments for installing eligible renewable heating systems, including biomass burners such as wood fired boilers. Biomass heating systems can release relatively high levels of air pollutants […]

Rising Energy Prices Hit West Country Homes

Energy experts and charities have warned of the increasing fuel poverty crisis in the south west of England. Driven by the rising cost of gas and electricity, fuel poverty affects any household that spends at least 10 per cent of its income on heating. In the south west of England, the rate at which more […]

Eco-Friendly Development to Pay Dividends

An environmentally friendly housing development in Ely, Cardiff, is set to make a positive impact on household energy bills after properties were built to conform to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The Vachell Road project comprises 14 apartments in total: two one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom flats. The apartments were designed to offer savings […]