Power cut hits ‘millions’ in northeast Brazil

A fire on a farm in Brazil triggered a power blackout in eight states in the north-eastern part of the country yesterday, reports claim. Two sets of transmission lines that provide power to the nation’s populous states – including Pernambuco, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, Alagoas, Ceará, Paraíba, Sergipe – were damaged. That caused […]

UK households’ energy use falls by a quarter

Householders in England and Wales are using less energy compared to 2005, with a 24.7% drop on average. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed energy consumption decreased from 12.2MWh in 2005 to 19.7MWh in 2011. Within England and Wales, the East Midlands had the highest household energy usage every year between […]

Brazil’s Olympic planners get power tips from the UK

The UK’s Carbon Trust is to draw on its experience and knowledge and help Brazil manage its power grid during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It will be holding workshops in London for technicians and planners from Brazil’s National Electric Systems Operator ONS to show how the UK prepared for surges in power demand during […]

‘Bill hikes add pressure to homes’ says union

Energy bill hikes are adding to a “huge squeeze” on living standards, a trade union has claimed. The comments came in response to the latest inflation figures published this week by the Office for National Statistics show that Consumer Price Index inflation remained unchanged at 2.8%. The ONS said the CPI remained “broadly flat” through […]

Energy price hikes kept inflation at 2.7%

Rising gas and electricity prices in the UK kept inflation at a rate of 2.7% in December last year. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the annual rate of inflation, measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), was static for the third month in a row. The CPI is the main UK […]

Energy supply higher at end of 2012

Energy supply output in the UK was higher last November than it was the year before, according to official statistics released on Friday. The Office for National Statistics’ provisional figures show output from electricity generation of all forms such as oil and gas was 4.4% higher in November 2012 than November 2011. Electric power generation and […]