UK’s anaerobic digestion fees labelled ‘unjustified’

The UK’s anaerobic digestion trade body has said the Environment Agency’s proposals to increase charges and fees for operators are “unjustified”. The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) said significant increases in the majority of charges associated with environmental permits and applications will have financial implications for the bulk of both new and existing AD […]

Ministers plan to change levies on bills, not cut them

Ministers plan to change the way the levies on energy bills work, rather than cutting them entirely. Reports from the BBC claim government insiders have said they want the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) introduced earlier this year to be implemented over a longer period – four years instead of two. They also want the Warm […]

Ofwat wants more money to pay for price review

Ofwat is proposing to increase the fees it charges water and sewerage companies to help pay for its next price review. The regulator is changing the way it performs the reviews and says it now needs more money for the next one in 2014. The reviews are paid for with charges levied on the companies […]

Thames Water wants to bump up water bills

Utility firm Thames Water has applied to add £29 to its customers’ water bills. The company puts the demand down to “significant” extra costs from taking on an extra 40,000km of private sewers at the Government’s request in 2011, rises in Environment Agency charges and increases in bad debt “as a result of the economic […]

UK businesses back Ofgem’s rules for energy brokers

Almost half of UK businesses said they value help from third parties to compare energy prices across suppliers and negotiate the complexity of their contracts. That’s according to a new survey of 508 businesses, which claims a majority of them back Ofgem’s Code of Practice. It aims to increase the confidence of business customers engaging […]

North-South energy divide has to end says Ofgem

Plans to even out how much energy generators pay to use the transmission network in different parts of the country were given a nod of approval from Ofgem today. At the moment National Grid charges all generators across Britain to use the transmission network in the same way. Some renewable energy firms have complained the […]

E.ON pays back £1.4m to 94,000 customers

E.ON is set to pay a total of £1.4 million to around 94,000 customers for incorrectly charging them. In a statement released today, the energy firm apologised for extra charges added to consumers’ bills, who left the company following the price hikes in 2008 and 2011. Under Ofgem rules, suppliers have to give customers 30 […]