ELN’s top 10 – the stories you clicked on in 2014

From solar freakin’ motorways, political scraps and a retailer with real green bottle, these are the big hitters which had you clicking in 2014. Number five had one of our reporter’s head in her hands, while number […]

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By ELN reporter

From solar freakin’ motorways, political scraps and a retailer with real green bottle, these are the big hitters which had you clicking in 2014.

Number five had one of our reporter’s head in her hands, while number 10 had all of us in stitches.

And we’ve got a confession – the Didcot A demolition in the picture? It didn’t make the grade. We just wanted a spectacular photo. Get in on the act and let us know what you think was the biggest story of 2014.

 

1 – Does ESOS need more resource? One assessor per 90 energy audits

Surprise surprise, our ESOS scoop was top of the energy story pops.

How much energy does your business guzzle? Image: Thinkstock
How much energy does your business guzzle? Image: Thinkstock

 

2 – 7,400 homes still without power in south-west England

We had readers in their droves for an update on last February’s stormy weather.

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3 – A green twist as Morrisons unveils wine screw cap

Easing the guilt for those who like a tipple was news of the northern supermarket’s green twist on the screwcap.

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4 – Labour all at sea on energy reform says Ofgem

A rare political statement from the energy regulator in retaliation for a bashing from the Labour part was essential reading.

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5 – Wasteful Harry Styles chided by water company

His floppy locks and crooning are popular with teens – but Thames Water was less than impressed with the One Direction star.

Image: Vine
Image: Vine

 

6 – Forth Energy pulls out of £1.1bn biomass projects

March brought news of problems for Scottish biomass at Grangemouth and Rosyth and another project scrapped at Dundee.

Image: Thinkstock
Image: Thinkstock

 

7 – New rules for energy brokers to clear out cowboys

Taming the Wild West of the energy market is Ofgem’s game – and ELN readers wanted to find out the sheriff’s plans to outlaw the cowboys for good.

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8 – Scots independence won’t affect oil industry – ex-BP boss

As referendum fever gripped Scotland, everyone had a view on what oil companies would do if it broke away from the UK – including former oil boss Dr Tony Hayward.

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9 – Solar freakin’ roadways video goes viral, earns $2 million

One Youtube video brought the dollars pouring in for a solar-loving couple who said they could revolutionise motorways.

Scott and Julie Brusaw stand with their solar panel tiles inthe prototype parking space. Image: Solar Roadways
Scott and Julie Brusaw stand with their solar panel tiles inthe prototype parking space. Image: Solar Roadways

 

10 – Ed Davey uses the f-word

We’re used to our politicians doing their utmost to be squeaky clean – perhaps why so many people just HAD to watch the epic moment when the Energy Secretary reached for the f-word at Energy Live 2014. But not the one you’d expect…