Iceland’s volcanoes could power UK homes

UK households could get their electricity supplied from Iceland’s volcanoes following an agreement signed yesterday between the two countries. This follows Energy Minister Charles Hendry’s visit to a power station in Iceland’s south west region earlier this week. The Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Iceland could make way for geothermal power from the […]

Engineers fear electricity storage is losing out

Engineers are concerned Government support for electricity storage is “scant and ill-designed”. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers says new technology could be a solution to the unpredictability of renewable energy sources like wind power which are to play a key role in the new Energy Bill. It says the UK has the potential to be at the […]

RWE npower announces energy trade deal with N2EX

RWE npower claims it will be selling a third of its electricity generation in an agreement with N2EX, a wholesale trading market. The energy supplier will hold open auctions and believes the day-ahead trading will add liquidity across the electricity market. The power company says trade in wholesale markets helps competition and gives a fairer […]

UK denies it is red-faced by US headstart on CCS

The Government has said it is “not at all” embarrassed by news the most advanced Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects are currently in North America, despite ministers claiming the UK will be a “world leader” in the new technology. This week a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance said the States and Canada were […]

Help electric car users charge responsibly

It will be increasingly important to encourage electric car owners to charge their vehicles responsibly and safely, according to a new industry guide to electric car infrastructure. Consumers will need to take care they limit the impact on the local electricity networks, says the UK’s electrical and manufacturing trade body BEAMA. The UK Government reckons […]

Take up expensive bills with your supplier, say EnergyUK

Following a report from uSwitch which suggested bills would start to become “unaffordable” for consumers in the next few years, the body representing power suppliers has suggested worried bill payers should get in touch with who sells them their energy to see what help is on offer. Christine McGourty, Director of Communications and Public Affairs […]

Government dirty air court case thrown out

The court of appeal has ruled that the UK’s breaches on air quality are a matter for the European Commission. The court of appeal dismissed a case yesterday brought against the Government by environmental lawyers ClientEarth. Back in December DEFRA admitted that it was breaching European Union pollution limits. The judge in charge of the case, Mr […]

One million energy efficient vehicles to hit US roads

A US manufacturer of energy technologies expects to have a million new fuel-efficient vehicles on the road by the end of this year. It claims the smaller turbocharged engines, which use gas emitted from the vehicle to boost the engine, will save consumers money. Honeywell Turbo Technologies is working with car manufacturers to meet the […]

The Energy Bill – Taking control of our energy?

With the Eurozone debt crisis worrying the business community, will the Energy Bill help firms take control of their energy use? Or just set us up for a costly “dash for gas”?

Geothermal could provide 20% of UK power, says report

Deep geothermal resources in the UK could provide 9.5GW of renewable electricity, the equivalent of around nine nuclear power stations a new report claims. The study by energy consultants Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) suggests the renewable source could provide 20% of the UK’s energy needs, given proper support from Government. While Energy Minister Charles Hendry […]