MEPs back new rules to make power market ‘cleaner’ and prevent blackouts

They have adopted four new laws on the EU electricity market under the Clean Energy for All Europeans package

Blackouts ‘could cost UK businesses £2.8m each’

Medium-sized UK businesses without energy resilience strategies are risking an average of £2.8 million each year in damages and lost opportunities. That’s among the findings from Centrica Business Solutions’ new report, which is based on a survey of more than 300 organisations across the UK and Ireland. When questioned, senior decision makers who had not […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Are potential power blackouts a driver for greater efficiency?

Hey, we haven’t eaten our Easter eggs yet so why do we need to think about next winter already? There has been much speculation on the tightness in UK supply and demand balance on the electricity network next winter, i.e. 2016/17. From an energy efficiency perspective, is it actually a desirable thing that there is […]

Quebec storm puts 150,000 in the dark

A severe winter storm left around 150,000 homes in Quebec without power over the weekend, it was reported. Electricity company Hydro-Québec told CBC News the main reason for the outages on Sunday afternoon was because of fallen branches hitting power lines. Around 95% of homes were restored with power overnight, the power company said, with 8,500 still in the dark yesterday morning. Extreme cold […]

Blackouts nearly scupper World Cup for Pakistan fans

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Businesses expect bills to rise in 2014 – AND 2015

Pessimistic businesses are braced for energy bills to rise in both 2014 and 2015 according to a new survey. In a poll of hundreds of business owners, roughly two-thirds said they expect non-domestic energy prices will not only be going up this year but also again next year. Despite the political storm focused on keeping […]

Blog: Get paid to switch off!

Imagine if you could wake up every day – and instead of having to dread the rush hour traffic or try and squeeze your way in to the horrid underground – you could put your feet up, relax with a cuppa in hand in front of the morning telly AND still have a full bank […]

‘Capacity crunch could be worse than people think’

The coming capacity crunch could be worse than people think, an Oxford University professor and government advisor has told the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Professor Dieter Helm warned the committee: “By 2015/2016 the capacity margin in this country will be very close to zero. In fact I’ve done some numbers which suggest in […]

Britain can ‘pay its way out of blackouts’

Britain can ‘pay its way out of blackouts’ according to energy market and trading experts. Concern about an impending struggle to keep the lights on was stoked recently by comments from the outgoing chief executive of Ofgem and National Grid has warned the capacity gap is as little as 4-5%. But some panelists at a […]

npower’s Wayne Mitchell’s Energy Blog

Will the capacity crunch equal blackouts? As if businesses don’t have enough to contend with when it comes to energy – with price uncertainty, increasing taxation and lack of clarity over future policy all providing cause for concern – now the risk of supply shortages is raising its head. Back in 2011, we were operating […]