Florida jail puts energy inefficiency behind bars

A Florida jail has improved its energy efficiency credentials by installing tankless water heaters. Indian River County Jail in Vero Beach replaced its malfunctioning boiler and 300-gallon storage tank with eight of the devices, which use a powerful burner to quickly heat incoming water to the set temperature. They activate only when a fixture is […]

Energy market abuse penalties could start in April

New penalties including prison time for rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could come into force in April, DECC announced yesterday. Last year the Government proposed sanctions to protect consumers from unfair practices and give regulators new powers, including sending people to jail for up to two years. Under the proposals, it would also be […]

DECC threatens jail for rigging energy market

Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could face up to two years in jail under new proposals unveiled today. The Government wants to introduce new sanctions to protect consumers from any unfair practices and give regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market. Under the proposals, it […]

Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy

A British freelance video journalist, a Russian photojournalist and 28 Greenpeace International activists, including five Britons, who were seized while protesting against Arctic oil drilling have formally been charged with piracy. The activists scaled Gazprom’s oil rig last month in protest against Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom’s plans to drill in the Arctic, which led […]

Eight months in jail for ex-Energy Secretary

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was given eight months in jail for perverting the course of justice yesterday afternoon. He was sentenced along with his ex-wife Vicky Pryce for passing speeding points to her, changing his plea to guilty at the eleventh hour after their son sent him a text message berating Huhne. The sentencing […]

Waste crime jailbirds on the rise

The number of people jailed for committing serious waste crimes has nearly trebled in the last three years. But organised gangs continue to dump waste in towns and cities and using areas around motorways to run large-scale illegal waste operations. That’s according to the Environment Agency’s first ever Annual Waste Crime Report, which also reveals 335 […]