EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30% by 2030.

July 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas 

Guardian: “European Union member states will have to improve their energy efficiency by nearly a third in the next 15 years, under new proposals unveiled on Wednesday by the European commission.”
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Customer complaints about the Big 6 are at an all time high.

July 14, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “The number of customers complaining to the independent ombudsman about their energy bills has soared with more people making official complaints in the first six months of this year than the whole of last year put together.”
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Companies, restaurants etc all selling solar power to grid in Japan.

Bloomberg: “Watami Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known best as a hangout for salarymen, is getting into the business of selling power — and it isn’t alone.”
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National Grid chief calls for more interconnectors to UK.

July 6, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Energy prices for British consumers would fall by £1bn a year if electricity interconnectors between continental Europe and the UK were doubled by 2020, according to the operator of the UK’s gas and electricity networks.”
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UK electricity capacity market to add average £2 to UK bills.

June 29, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “A British government scheme to reward energy companies for keeping power plants available for back-up electricity generation will put £2 on the average annual household fuel bill, according to the minister in charge of the measure.”
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Renewables generated nearly 20% of UK electricity in first quarter.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Guardian: “One fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by windfarms or other green technologies in the first three months of the year, according to new statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC).”
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Ofgem’s biggest energy investigation could mean breakup for Big 6.

June 20, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “The biggest ever investigation into the UK energy market will be unveiled next week by the industry watchdog, Ofgem, amid public anger over high bills and bad service from gas and electricity providers.”
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Top bosses quit Centrica, “tiring of their status as punchbags”.

May 29, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “The steady stream of departing executives at Centrica is rapidly turning into a flood, as top bosses tire of their status as Britain’s biggest political punchbags.”
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RWE CEO says company should have invested in renewable sooner.

April 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

REW.com:  ”The story of German power giant RWE AG exemplifies the crisis facing the nation’s utility industry — and those of many countries across Europe — as nuclear power plants get shuttered in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, renewables steal away revenue, and consumers and companies complain about rising power costs that are three times higher than in the U.S.”
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“Energy complaints reach highest level ever recorded.”

April 7, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Energy complaints in the first quarter of 2014 more than tripled compared to the same period last year to their highest level ever recorded, the energy sector’s ombudsman said on Monday.”
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UK Conservative party plans to ban onshore wind farms, maybe dismantle.

April 4, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating”.”
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UK government publishes strategy targeting solar rooftop generation.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Trade Association: “The UK Government has today published the first dedicated Solar Strategy of any EU Government. The Strategy seeks to strengthen the UK’s position in the booming global solar market, which is estimated at a massive ~46GW in 2014 by Deutsche Bank – a 50% increase on total installed global capacity.”
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Ofgem to launch full investigation into Big 6, possibly leading to breakup.

March 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Britain has been warned that it faces an energy investment freeze and a heightened risk of blackouts after the industry watchdog called for the deepest ever investigation into the big six power suppliers.”
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UK factories shut down at some peak times to avoid high power costs.

February 18, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Cripplingly high power costs are forcing some of Britain’s heavy manufacturers to shut down their entire operation at peak times, with furnaces cooling and workers shivering in cold, darkened offices.”
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Big 6 UK energy companies: 5.5m complain in 2013, 800k quit.

February 14, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “….consumer group Which? revealed there had been 5.5 million complaints against the “big six” – EDF, Centrica, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE – last year…. More than 800,000 customers are believed to have switched away from “big six” suppliers in just over a year.”
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Labour accuses Big 6 of c. £4bn overcharging on bills.

January 1, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Households may have paid £150 over the odds for their electricity over the past three years because energy companies bought their power for almost £4bn more than the average market rate, Labour has claimed.” Read more

SSE to close two coal-fired power plants.

December 20, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal 

Guardian: “Growing concerns about a future power generating capacity crunch were highlighted on Friday when SSE unveiled plans to close two coal-fired power stations, one of them the huge Ferrybridge complex in West Yorkshire.” Read more

British businesses to be paid to switch off to stop blackouts in 2014.

December 19, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Businesses will be paid to cut their energy use on winter evenings next year, highlighting the rising threat of blackouts as the UK’s ageing coal plants are closed. The proposal comes amid repeated warnings from the energy regulator Ofgem about the increased risk of power shortages by the middle of the decade.” Read more

European Commission begins state-aid investigation into Hinkley.

December 18, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “The European commission has started an investigation into UK plans to subsidise the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, in a challenge to the government’s plans to overhaul Britain’s creaking energy infrastructure.” Read more

Third Big 6 UK offshore wind farm cancellation or pullout in two weeks.

December 13, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Scottish Power has abandoned a £5.4bn plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, after four years of planning, because it is “not financially viable”.” Read more