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Think tank calls for competition to break Big Six rip-off

Five million people in the UK could be paying more than they should for their energy. Of those, some may be paying £330 more than their neighbours who use the same amount of electricity and gas. This is according to a new report from think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which is […]

Wind farms affect air temperature, claims study

Wind farms could affect air temperature, according to an American study which looked at NASA satellite data from over the last decade. A research group led by the University at Albany in New York found a nighttime warming effect over wind farms of up to 0.72 °C per decade over the nine years in which […]

Bulgaria goes big on efficiency

Bulgaria is set to spend around €300 million on helping businesses curb their energy use. Half the money is from an EU grant, while the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide the other half. Bulgaria’s energy intensity is more than five times higher than the average for the EU, while its industrial […]

EDF teams up with Eneco for Isle of Wight wind farm

EDF Energy has formed a partnership with Dutch firm Eneco to develop the Navitus Bay Wind Project to the west of the Isle of Wight. The firms claim the proposed project could deliver between 900MW and 1200MW of capacity in the northern part of the area, which covers 76 square miles. The farm could be […]

UK-Denmark connection study begins

The UK’s National Grid has announced it is starting a study with the owner of the main electricity and natural gas grids in Denmark, Energinet.dk, to see if developing an electricity power connection between the two countries is possible. Terry McCormick, head of UK and European Business Development at National Grid said: “More interconnection with […]

Anglian Water plans new £44m reservoir

Anglian Water has won planning permission for a new £44 million reservoir and water treatment works near to Newton-on-Trent, Lincolnshire. Building will take place over the next couple of years, says the firm. A new pumping station will take water from the River Trent into a 20-acre storage reservoir which will hold around 230 million litres […]

Countryside in a flap over turbines

The British countryside is set to become overrun by “intruding ” wind turbines. This was the warning from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which has got in a flap over the Government’s policies for onshore wind. The campaign group argues that local people are being ignored in the face of large manufacturers. Shaun Spiers, […]

Greenpeace targets British Gas with “world’s biggest” energy bill

Campaigners this morning attempted to blockade Centrica’s headquarters with a giant energy bill in protest against “ripoff” energy prices. Around 65 protesters from Greenpeace targeted the British Gas owner’s offices in Windsor with the 260ft energy bill on what looks like a portable billboard, which says “Your energy bill ripoff is being fuelled by gas […]

E.ON picks North Sea for wind farm base

E.ON has picked a German island in the North Sea as base for one of its wind farm operations. The Amrumbank West offshore wind farm will have 80 Siemens wind turbines and generate a total of 288 MW. The news reinforces the view of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who yesterday declared the North Sea […]