Government ‘must support clean energy jobs in the North of England’

The Institute for Public Policy Research says the region could prove a vital low carbon powerhouse

‘Devolvement, not price cap, is right choice for UK energy’

The government’s energy price cap is a quick fix and not a sustainable way to reduce bills and drive clean, green growth. That’s according to the Northern Energy Taskforce, which says the right way to reduce the cost of energy and make the market fairer across the country is by devolving power away from the […]

UK trains electrification plans derailed by government

The UK Government has scrapped plans to electrify railway lines in the Midlands, the North and Wales. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government will only electrify lines “where it delivers a genuine benefit to passengers”. He added recent advances in train power technologies means journeys can be improved without the need for “disruptive electrification […]

Switching suppliers could save £3.8bn

UK households could cut their annual energy bills by more than a fifth and save as much as £385 a year by switching suppliers. New research by comparison site moneysupermarket.com suggests householders should switch from their traditional energy supplier to the cheapest available tariff, which could save a total of £3.8 billion for the economy. […]

10,000 northern homes without power

Around 10,000 homes in the north east were without power yesterday as a result of the change in weather. Snow and ice brought down power lines, with Northern Powergrid reporting some 200 faults. Temperatures in Scotland are set to drop from record highs last week by up to 20 degrees. Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at […]

Northern regions cut more CO2 than the south

Northern regions cut more emissions than southern parts of England, new figures from DECC have shown. Tied at the top of the tree was Yorkshire & Humber and the North East, both with an 18% slash in emissions between 2005 and 2009. Greater London fared the worst, only cutting emissions by 13%. The national average […]

North Sea drilling slows down

Drilling activity in the North Sea dropped by 43% for the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2010 with less than a third of new wells drilled. Analysts at Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group said activity was lower than would be expected during a time when the oil price averaged […]

Tax boost for North Sea oil

The Government today announced that North Sea oil and gas firms would receive tax support for those operating smaller, less profitable fields. The announcement follows an earlier tax increase that had some some in the industry worried about about the future of the nation’s energy supply. The annual rate of the Ring Fence Expenditure Supplement […]