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Archive for April, 2011

The UK Fails to Hit Renewable Energy Target

According to the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), the UK has failed by some margin to meet its 2010 renewable energy target. In a report published by the REF, the UK generated only 6.5 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Using figures obtained from industry regulator Ofgem and the Department of Climate Change and […]

Chris Huhne Announces Reopening of Warm Front Scheme

On Thursday last week, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced the reopening of the Warm Front scheme, which aims to provide financial support for eligible households that struggle to cope with the cost of central heating and insulation. The Warm Front scheme was suspended late last year after the Government declared there […]

Operators Urged to Improve Smart Meter Security

As Britain prepares to welcome first-generation smart meters on a nationwide scale, concern has mounted over the security of the devices. According to security experts, smart meters may be compromised by hackers for a variety of reasons; furthermore, those doing the hacking may not be especially adept at computing, as freely available tools are likely […]

Households with Smart Meters to Save £23 Annually by 2020

The UK Government has revealed that smart meters could save households up to £23 a year by 2020 – an increase of almost 65 per cent on the previous estimate of £14. The saving offered by smart meters may not seem much, but in a climate of economic uncertainty and rising fuel costs, every penny […]