Energy efficiency ‘bonfire’ after Brexit ‘could add £90 to bills’

Scrapping energy efficiency standards for household appliances and light bulbs after Brexit could drive up electricity bills by £90 a year. According to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), appliances and light bulbs in the UK are currently more efficient due to EU standards. However, there have been calls for a bonfire of the […]

Small energy supplier questions British Gas price rise

A small energy supplier has questioned the price rise announced by British Gas as it claims energy costs have fallen. Centrica, the owner of the Big Six company, said it will be increasing electricity prices by 12.5%, taking the total annual dual fuel bill to £1,120. The price rise will come into effect on 15th […]

‘UK is most successful G7 nation for green growth’

The UK has been the most successful G7 nation in growing its economy whilst reducing emissions. That’s according to a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which shows in the 25 years since the signing of the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Britons have become 130% wealthier, on average, […]

UK households ‘spent £180m on unused spare power capacity’

UK householders have spent around £180 million in the last three years on spare power capacity that was never used. That’s according to a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which refers to National Grid’s supplemental balancing reserve (SBR), under which power stations were put on standby during the winter since […]

Blackout Britain ‘scare stories’ must stop, says ex-National Grid head

Britain facing blackouts are “scare stories” which need to stop. That’s according to Steve Holliday, former boss of National Grid, who believes the nation has enough electricity capacity to meet demand even during peak times. His comments come as the latest round of capacity auction for power generation starts today. Under the scheme, power plant […]

Hinkley Point ‘not essential for UK and alternatives cheaper’

The UK can meet its energy and climate change targets without the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant. That’s according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which claims there are alternatives to the proposed £18 billion project that are “cheaper, quicker and simpler”. Its new report found a mixture of established technologies […]

Does the UK need Hinkley Point?

  Hinkley Point C is a nuclear project which has been in UK Governments’ agenda since 2006 but do we still need the nuclear plant to be built to secure our energy system? According to Michelle Hubert, Head of Energy and Climate Change at the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), Hinkley “would be an important […]

Brits ‘back subsidies for renewables’

A majority of the UK public back subsidies for renewable energy projects, new report claims. Around 83% out of more than 2,000 people surveyed support subsidies for wind and solar, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). These support falls for coal (23%), gas (31%) and nuclear power (33%). The UK Government will […]

UK ‘must follow Climate Change Committee’s advice’

The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) latest report calling on the UK Government to take “urgent action” on cutting emissions has been backed by some in the sector. Former Shell Chairman Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool said the government needs to bring forward decarbonisation policies quickly “if it is to retain its moral authority on climate change”. He […]

Climate what? Half of Brits thinks scientists are sceptics

A new survey has uncovered widespread misconceptions about energy and climate with just one in nine (11%) of people aware of the strength of the scientific consensus on man-made climate change. That’s according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), a new non-profit initiative with an advisory board including MPs, peers and academics. The […]