Defra proposes new watchdog to protect environment post-Brexit

It is consulting on its proposals under the new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill to ensure a “green” Brexit

Water customer complaints topped 2m last year

Water customers had to make more than two million calls to suppliers last year to get problems with their service sorted out. That’s according to new figures from the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater), which shows this is an increase of more than 40,000 calls from the year before. The statistics also show 12 of […]

Ofgem sniffy after criticism

Energy watchdog Ofgem today wrote to three tabloids dismissing criticism as “completely untrue”. It was responding to articles in the Sun, Daily Record and Daily Mirror suggesting the body doesn’t know whether energy consumers are being ripped off or not. They were reporting on Labour’s claim that energy suppliers paid nearly £4 billion too much […]

Ofgem announces new temporary chief exec

A new man will temporarily pick up the lead at energy watchdog Ofgem in June, it was announced today. When chief executive Alistair Buchanan steps down, the regulator’s current Head of Markets Andrew Wright (pictured) will take over as interim chief executive from 28 June. He will have to shepherd the regulator through choppy waters […]

We’re sharpening Ofgem’s teeth, says new energy minister

The new Energy Minister Michael Fallon has suggested a huge fine meted out yesterday by Ofgem is part of the regulator’s toughening stance when dealing with miscreant energy suppliers. The watchdog slapped SSE with a £10.5 billion fine for misselling gas and electricity to domestic customers, leading the Scottish energy provider to “apologise unreservedly”. Previously […]

Ofgem plans a ‘simpler, clearer and fairer’ energy market

Energy watchdog Ofgem has today published its plans for a “simpler, clearer and fairer” energy market for UK consumers. The move follows the recent hikes in gas and electricity prices and debate around Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement about energy suppliers having to offer their lowest tariffs to customers. Under Ofgem’s new proposals, suppliers must […]

Ofgem to suppliers: we will fine you for efficiency failures

Energy market watchdog Ofgem attempted to bare its teeth today by announcing it will fine suppliers if they fail to meet their targets for putting efficiency measures in people’s homes. The body has been criticised in the past for not being tough enough on suppliers. In an open letter published today, the regulator said energy […]

Belgium shuts nuclear plant due to ‘cracks’

Belgium has temporarily shut down one of its nuclear power plants due to possible cracks, reports claim. Nuclear watchdog AFCN said the plant would be closed until the end of August at least due to “several abnormalities” pointed out by the nation’s atomic energy regulator. A preliminary analysis claims the steel tank has been damaged […]

UN nuclear experts land in Japan

Japan has called on the UN to review tests carried out to prove the safety of its nuclear reactors. A team of ten experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today began assessing the review of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), Japan’s nuclear watchdog. This follows the approval of the Nuclear Safety […]

Ofgem re-emphasises market shake-up

The energy watchdog has publicised the shake-up in store for Britain’s electricity market. Ofgem has brought out a factsheet about the simpler energy tariffs that it plans to introduce. The move is in response to a media furore around Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s speech slamming the Big Six suppliers this week. Under new proposals, suppliers […]