Public bodies may have to report on climate change

The NHS, local authorities and educational institutions in Scotland could be required to report on climate change. The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce the requirement. It is seeking views on  introducing a standard reporting form, the impact of the changes in reporting climate change performance and how reports should […]

Warmer weather bumps up markets – DMR

The UK gas and power markets have “nudged” up higher this morning, according to the daily market report. The main factors are the warmer overnight temperature forecast, continued Euro-Sterling decline and Norway’s production returning, said Steven Walker, Client Portfolio Manager on npower’s Optimisation Desk. “Front month power is currently trading at £40.75/MWh up from £40.50/MWh […]

Climate change labels “confuse” the debate

Labels such as “sceptic” “denier” and “alarmist” confuse the climate change debate. New research suggests scientists and academics need to pay more attention to how they use labels and their choice of language in order to have a “constructive” debate. Co-author and Senior Research Fellow Candice Howarth from Anglia Ruskin University told ELN: “The labels […]

Cash boost for oil, gas apprentices

Money is being made available to help redundant apprentices continue training. The Scottish Government is providing additional support to Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to improve its existing ‘Adopt an Apprentice’ initiative. Employers will receive £5,000 to help cover the costs of taking on Modern Apprentices (MA) who have been made redundant in the oil and […]

Biofuels could create “36,000 UK jobs”

Biofuels could help create thousands of new jobs across the country. The International Council on Clean Transportation’s (ICCT) report claims if all the wastes and residues that are sustainably available in the EU were converted to biofuels, it could supply 16% of road transport fuel by 2030. This would create 36,000 jobs and save 37 […]

OVO signs deal to boost ECO obligation

A deal to boost utility supplier OVO Energy’s liability to help the fuel poor has been agreed. The energy company signed a two-year agreement with energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco to deliver its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) deal. The plan is for Anesco to support OVO’s ECO rollout to deliver energy efficient measures to residential […]

Men vs women – who racks up the energy bills?

Taking longer showers and leaving household appliances on standby all contribute to rising energy bills but – who is to blame? Men or women? According to a recent poll, around 64% of women confessed to taking long “luxurious” showers on a regular basis compared to only 17% of men. 78% of female respondents said they […]

£40m now that’s a ‘smart’ deal!

A deal has been done between utility giant EDF and service agreement regulator Amey to install smart meters across the UK. Amey will install and maintain the new ‘smart’ electricity and gas meters across Scotland, the North East and Eastern England. The contract is expected to be worth £40 million over the next four years. […]

Power market drops slightly today – DMR

The front month power markets have fallen by almost 30 pence per megawatt-hour against last nights close, acoording to today’s daily market report. “It’s currently trading at £41.35 per megawatt-hour,” said Steven Walker, Client Portfolio Manager on npower’s Optimisation desk. The analyst added: “The corresponding gas contract is trading around 50 pence a therm. “Langeled […]

Prawn power lights the way

Next time you need to charge your mobile shove it in your prawn cocktail starter! It might sound a bit fishy but shellfish could hold the key to a new form of sustainable solar power. That’s because researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have successfully created electricity generating solar cells from the shells […]