SSEN says ‘leaf it out’ to trees damaging the grid

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has started using innovative 3D laser scanning technology mounted on helicopters to survey its overhead electricity network. The distribution company uses the equipment, referred to as LiDAR, to scan how close trees are to power lines – this data is then used to carry out preventative works designed to […]

Half of public say ‘climate change is global catastrophe’

Nearly half (48%) of people say climate change is definitely a global catastrophic risk. According to a new survey conducted by the Global Challenges Foundation, a further 36% said they tended to agree with this. Only 14% of the 8,101 members of the public from across eight countries didn’t think this was the case. Around 53% of […]

Record 64% of Brits believe in human-caused climate change

A growing majority of UK citizens say human-caused climate change is happening. A new survey from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) shows the figure has now reached 64% of British adults. The understanding that global warming is real and happening as a result of burning fossil fuels has steadily become more widespread since 2014 (57%) and 2015 (59%). The survey also […]

Consumers not concerned about energy bills, finds BEIS

Consumer concerns about being able to afford energy bills are at the lowest point since 2012, with only 21% of households worried about paying them. That’s 4% down on last year, according to new statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). More than 2,000 households were interviewed between the 28th of […]

Stop farting and don’t use toilet paper to save the world!

A new survey has revealed the lengths some people are willing to go for a greener lifestyle. According to a poll carried out by renewable supplier Good Energy, some outlandish green ideas to save the environment include using a scythe instead of a lawnmower, eating less baked beans to reduce personal methane emissions and not […]

Brits ‘confused over sources of emissions’

The public is “increasingly concerned” about tackling climate change in the UK but have little understanding of the sources of emissions. That’s according to a new poll which revealed 37% of people believe this month’s floods were caused as a result of climate change. However when questioned about energy sources, almost 20% believe nuclear is […]

Fracking support in decline, DECC reveals

There has been a decline in the number of people supporting shale gas extraction, new government figures reveal. According to DECC’s latest ‘Public Attitudes Tracker’, just under a quarter of people (24%) said they support fracking – a reduction from 29% in March this year and 28% in December 2013. Similarly, nearly a quarter of […]

Younger Brits back wind energy over fracking

The younger generation in Britain are among the strongest supporters of wind energy and the majority are against fracking. A new survey by Ipsos Mori found 85% of 16-24 year old support the development of offshore wind farms while less than half (47%) within the same age group are in favour of carbon capture and […]

DECC suggests Green Deal measures on the rise

More than two thirds of householders (65%) installed at least one energy efficiency measure following a Green Deal assessment, DECC claimed yesterday. The multi-million pound loan scheme has been widely lambasted after a tiny number of homes have taken it up. But Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said new figures show Green Deal […]

Poll: Consumers want Big Six stranglehold broken

Consumers want the Government to break the stranglehold of the Big Six on Britain’s energy market, a new poll has found. More than eight in ten (82%) want government to intervene to create more competition and let smaller suppliers in on the game, according to a survey commissioned by Co-operative Energy, one such small supplier. […]