Guest Blog: Louise Kingham – Should all-male boards put themselves on their own risk registers?

Louise Kingham, Chief Executive of the Energy Institute, surveys the Energy Barometer’s findings on sector diversity

MPs join campaign to boost engineering jobs

More than 30 MPs have joined a campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers. The politicians have pledged to support the Year of Engineering, which aims to get young people across the UK into the industry and tackle a major skills gap. The move will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to […]

‘Big Six blamed for dysfunctional energy market’

A charity focused on the role of finance in improving society has blamed the Big Six suppliers for creating a dysfunctional energy market. Friends Provident Foundation claims they have too much influence on UK energy policy, are hindering the clean energy transition and posing significant investor risk. The group commissioned InfluenceMap to use its methodology for […]

Scotland offers £18m for the circular economy

Scottish energy businesses can now access up to £1 million of funding each to unlock new, sustainable opportunities for development. A total of £18 million worth of funding is available, provided by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Firms with innovative ideas to help future-proof the industry are […]

Energy firms seek smart tech takeovers

Around 90% of energy companies are actively seeking a smart technology joint venture or acquisition. That’s according to law firm Pinsent Masons, which suggests these firms want to adapt their business models to keep up with changing consumer behaviours, shifting government policies and to improve security of supply for the future. The survey of 250 […]

Customer service ratings for utilities jump up 3%

The proportion of customers saying utility firms offer the best service across 14 different sectors has jumped from 10% to 13% in the last year. That’s according to a new survey of 1,025 members of the public conducted by service design consultancy Engine, which has seen utilities rise from twelfth to ninth place in terms of customer satisfaction. This 3% rise was […]

Hackers ‘probably compromised’ UK energy industry

The UK’s energy industry is likely to have been targeted and “probably compromised” by state hackers. A leaked memo from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of intelligence gathering service GCHQ – specifically discussed threat to the energy and manufacturing sectors, according to technology site Motherboard, which obtained the document. It cites connections […]

Fifth of hiring managers want more green professionals

One in five hiring managers in renewables think there are too few professionals moving into the sector. That’s according to the first Global Energy Talent Index, which reveals significant differences in expectations between hiring managers and candidates across the energy industry. The report, from workforce solutions provider Airswift and job site Energy Jobline, suggests young […]

Spring Budget 2017: Mixed reactions from energy industry

The Spring Budget announcement earlier today from Chancellor Philip Hammond has already seen mixed reactions from the energy industry. In a wide ranging speech, Mr Hammond declared the Levy Control Framework would be replaced with a new set of controls to be outlined later this year and pledged support for the North Sea oil and gas industry. To […]

Students on course for energy cash

Undergraduates wanting to progress in the energy and environment industry can now benefit from 28 new grants. The ScottishPower Foundation has announced the latest wave of its Masters Scholarship programme for the 2017/18 academic year – it plans to invest around £700,000. Places are open to degree holders and graduates from a range of disciplines. The programme will primarily cater to […]