Protestors occupy British Gas offices

Fuel Poverty Action campaigners organise sit in at Staines office Other British Gas stories: Centrica splashes £142m on North Sea field Activists occupy British Gas head office Reporter’s Blog British Gas squares up to EDF through 5% electricity cut

Olympics sustainable lessons

Researchers will use the lessons of the London Olympics to identify future issues in sustainable living. Using events such as the Olympics, large scale impacts of new technologies can be identified. With less than six months to go until the Games kick off, energy firm GE say the lessons are already being learnt, as the […]

Defra and DECC quizzed on emissions

Energy minister Greg Barker and Defra officials were today grilled by the energy select committee on the way the UK reports its carbon emissions. Parliament’s energy watchdog asked whether the current internationally agreed way of measuring emissions, based on territory rather than by energy use, was making the UK “complacent” about cutting carbon. Giving evidence […]

Research examines maritime "choke points" in oil industry

A study from research institute, Chatham House, has identified maritime “choke points” as a key issue for international policy decisions regarding the energy sector. The choke points are key passages in the global energy transport system such as the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Bab Al-Mandab, the Suez Canal, the Turkish Straits and the Strait […]

Ukraine eyes alternative energy sources

Ukraine is eyeing new alternative energy sources and could clean up its existing coal power supply, according to reports. Exploiting shale gas and using clean coal technology will be essential, said Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Coal makes up roughly a third of the country’s energy supply […]

Potential ‘funding gap’ for flood defence after cuts

There is a potential million-pound “funding gap” for flood defence systems, claim MPs in a critical report out today. The Public Accounts Committee report adds communities in at-risk areas may not be guaranteed insurance within two years. In the report, MPs looked at the how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and […]

Benefits of energy price drop ‘washed away’ by water rise

The benefits of recent cuts to energy prices are being “washed away” by today’s water bill increase. That’s according to price comparison site, which is advising hard-pressed households to consider getting a water meter to combat rising prices. Water industry regulator Ofwat announced water bills will rise 5.7% as of this morning. In comparison, […]

BP shuts down small oil leak off Shetlands

BP shut down oil production at an oil field around 200km to the west of the Shetlands on Sunday. The British oil producer confirmed the leak was caused by a hairline fracture to a fitting on a subsea pipeline on the Foinaven Field. BP said in a statement: “The Coastguard, Police, HSE and DECC were […]

Indian Energy agreement to develop 1000MW wind farms

Independent power producer, Indian Energy, has announced an agreement with Trishe Developers Private Limited to develop up to 1000MW of wind farms across India by 2016. The agreement states that Trishe will take on the development of the projects and sell it to Indian Energy once “certain development milestones” are reached. Rupert Strachwitz, CEO of […]

Canada calls on Scottish Water for training

Scottish Water is helping to train water industry staff in Canada. A team from the utility’s international arm is in Alberta at the moment delivering workshops on the management of water from source to tap. The firm said handling water efficiently was jumping up the list of priorities for many nations. Nigel Ayton, director of […]