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Archive for August, 2011

Renewables Fund to Help Norwich Residents Go Green

Grants are on offer to help residents in Norwich go green by funding the installation of renewable energy technologies. With almost £100,ooo being made available, families and community groups in Broadland are being encouraged to apply for the grants if they are interested in applying renewable energy technologies as a way of cutting carbon emissions […]

Farmers Banking on Renewables Fund From Barclays

A surge in interest from UK farmers wishing to invest in solar panels has propelled Barclays bank to help farmers finance renewable energy projects. According to Barclays, more than one-third of the 200,000 farmers in the UK are interested in installing some kind of renewable energy technology and the bank’s business arm has launched a […]

Do Brits Know How to Go Green?

A survey carried out by YouGov suggests that, whilst most people in Britain are eager to adopt ‘green’ technology, many do not understand how to make the necessary changes. Canvassing the opinions of 2,022 adults and commissioned by Gemserv, a utility and environmental consultancy firm, the YouGov survey highlighted the willingness of Britons to go […]

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss When It Comes to Energy Bills

Ignorance over energy bills is leaving many households over £400 out of pocket, according to a new survey which sees consumers clueless when it comes to their energy use. According to research conducted by, nearly 40% of us apparently in the dark as to our monthly usage costs. Despite coughing up a considerable proportion […]

OECD Recommends Higher Energy Tax

At a time when many households are struggling to afford the ever-increasing cost of domestic energy, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a study advising the UK Government to increase the rate of VAT on gas and electricity. Currently fixed at 5 per cent to shield low-income households from even higher […]

Energy Saving Trend Sweeping Japan

In the wake of Fukushima, it seems Japan is looking to alternative sources of energy as an energy-saving campaign seeks to spread support for limiting the country’s electricity consumption. Support for a media campaign – known as ‘setsuden’ – is growing across the country. Setsuden – which means power saving in Japanese – aims to […]

Ofgem to Scrutinise Energy Firms

Regulator Ofgem has piled pressure on the leading energy suppliers in Britain by demanding an explanation of how bills straddling a price increase are calculated. The regulator has also commissioned a forensic accountancy firm to assess whether profits have been understated to justify the higher tariffs. Ofgem is aiming to ensure that customers are not […]

New Wind Turbine Factory to Create 2,000 UK Jobs

The world’s biggest manufacturer of wind turbines is set to create 2,000 UK jobs by building a wind turbine factory in Kent. Dependent on securing sufficient orders for its new 7MW V164 offshore wind turbine, Vestas will give the go-ahead for the development of a factory at a 70-hectare site at Sheerness in Kent, resulting […]

EDF Billing Error Prompts 100,000 Customer Refunds

Energy provider EDF Energy is to refund 100,000 of its customers, thanks to a billing error which resulted in gas and electricity bill over payments. Due to a seven year fault in the company’s automated telephone meter reading system – at a time when EDF changed its energy prices between October 2003 and May 2010 […]

Npower Announces 15.7% Rise in Gas Prices

Less than two weeks after E.On announced a rise in its gas and electricity prices, npower has inevitably followed in the footsteps of other big energy suppliers and increased their energy costs. From the moment Scottish Power got the ball rolling back in June, announcing plans to hike their gas and electricity prices by 19 […]