Energy suppliers to insulate more fuel poor homes

Energy suppliers will have to install more solid wall insulation measures every year in fuel poor homes under new reforms. Changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which has now come into effect, will ensure energy companies provide support to those struggling to meet their heating bills. The scheme has been extended until September […]

Fuel poverty charity says government must act

A fuel poverty charity has told the government how to help vulnerable households stay warm. The report from National Energy Action (NEA) comes on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and suggests a number of measures to help provide greater support to people suffering from fuel poverty. It recommends the UK Government makes funds available for fully funded first time gas […]

More fuel poor homes to be connected to gas grid

Ofgem has revealed plans to connect more households to the gas grid in a bid to reduce fuel poverty. Network companies will have to deliver more than 90,000 – or 18% more – fuel poor connections by 2021. The change, including a number of other revisions to the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme, will come […]

DECC seeks to extend Warm Home Discount scheme

The UK Government is proposing to extend a scheme that gives fuel poor householders a one-off discount on their electricity bills. Currently in its fourth year, the Warm Home Discount (WHD) was launched in a bid to reduce fuel poverty and the impact of rising energy prices on low income and vulnerable households. Under the […]

‘Seven million people living in fuel poverty’

A total of seven million people, including 2.2 million children, are living in fuel poverty in England. New figures released today claim the number of children “growing up cold” has risen by 26% – or 460,000 – compared to a year ago. One in five Brits have switched off their heating this winter to save […]

Ofgem: Suppliers largely doing well on Warm Home Discount

The Big Six energy suppliers are largely meeting their Warm Home Discount (WHD) obligations according to a report on the second year of the scheme released by Ofgem. Overall the suppliers – which have to participate in the scheme – spent a total £290.3 million on helping customers who are fuel poor or in a […]

Peru to power two million fuel poor homes

More than two million homes in Peru (pictured, Cusco city) will soon have access to electricity following the Government’s plans to install solar panels in 500,000 households across the country. Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino Tafur announced the start of the new National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Programme (NPHEP), which aims to provide energy […]

Definitively fuel poor: fuel poverty given new meaning

Fuel poor – sounds like an easy enough concept, doesn’t it? But if you thought that, you would be mistaken. The Government has given the phrase “fuel poverty” a new definition to make sure support is better “targeted” at those who need it most. Yesterday the Government announced from now on a household will be […]

Thousands protest in Indonesia over fuel price hikes

Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Indonesia earlier this week against the Government’s plans to increase fuel prices in the country. Reports claim the protesters clashed with police outside the national parliament in the capital city of Jakarta (pictured) on Monday after Ministers voted in favour of a revised budget for a rise […]

Fewer UK families facing fuel poverty

The number of households in fuel poverty in the UK showed a “modest” fall, according to the Government. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published its annual report on Fuel Poverty Statistics today, which revealed the number of UK homes struggling to pay their energy bills fell from 4.75 million in 2010 to […]