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Archive for December, 2012

UK on course to meet its 2020 carbon objectives

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that the UK is on course to meet its environmental targets. A report published on Thursday suggests the country will generate sufficient renewable energy by 2020 to satisfy carbon objectives, which include consuming at least 15 per cent of energy (domestic, commercial, industrial and infrastructural) […]

Coronation Street to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide

TV shows are well known for tackling controversial and hard hitting storylines and now viewers of Britain’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street are to be educated about the dangers of faulty boilers and carbon monoxide poisoning in episodes set to air over Christmas and the New Year.   The storyline is set to have […]

36% of Solar PV owners have had problems with FiTs

A survey has revealed that 36 per cent of people in the UK who own solar photovoltaic panels struggle to receive subsidies on time. Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) were introduced by the UK government on the 1st April 2010. Launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the scheme was intended to lower the […]

Cheaper energy bills pledge for vulnerable EDF customers

Actions speak louder than words for one of the UK’s biggest energy suppliers, EDF Energy, who have pledged to make sure their most vulnerable customers are automatically transferred to the cheapest available tariff to help them reduce their energy bills.  The move  – which comes after energy regulator Ofgem published proposals to reform the energy […]

Fuel poverty the gift of Christmas for 300k UK households

A report published by the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) claims as many as 300,000 more households in the UK will suffer from fuel poverty this winter. Fuel poverty is said to occur when a household spends at least ten per cent of its monthly or annual income on energy. Some 2.7 million households in […]

Government establishes smart meter rules

With a smart meter roll-out set to replace around 53 million electricity and gas meters over the next six years the Government has established a set of rules designed to protect the privacy of all those millions of customers.   The newly published set of rules will give energy consumers the power to determine how […]

CCC says reliance on gas will inflate annual energy bills by £600

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the British Government on important climate-related issues, has contradicted the Coalition’s own research by claiming reliance on gas as a source of energy will prove more costly than switching to renewables. Using data produced by government officials, the CCC discovered that gas would not result in cheaper […]

E.ON customers face 9.4% tariff hike in January

E.ON has followed the lead of the five other leading energy firms in the UK by announcing plans to increase energy tariffs. The energy firm, one of the so-called Big Six, had resisted the temptation to raise prices in October after promising customers that its tariffs would remain unchanged in 2012. On Monday, however, E.ON […]

Households encouraged to take up free smart meter energy displays

Households have been reminded to request a free energy display whenever a smart meter is installed by their energy supplier.  Zoe McLeod, who heads the Smart & Sustainable Energy Markets Division at Consumer Focus, urged eligible households to request the display after new rules came into effect. Ms McLeod said: “We encourage customers to take up […]

New lighting promises greater efficiency

Researchers in the United States have published details of a new lighting technology that promises greater efficiency and reliability than fluorescent light bulbs. The team at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, has developed Fipel (field-induced polymer electroluminescent) technology from several sheets of polymer, which contain nanomaterials that react to electrical currents. One important quality of […]