UK renewables companies consider Hinkley EC legal challenge.

October 12, 2014 Commentaries, Finance, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Independent energy supplier Ecotricity is among companies and organisations considering a legal challenge against the European commission decision to give the approval for the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.”
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Big Six energy giants ‘will lose a quarter of their customers’ by 2020.

October 1, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear 

Telegraph:  ”The Big Six energy suppliers will lose a quarter of their customers by 2020 as millions of households switch to cheaper rivals, leading analysts have forecast. The least competitive of the major suppliers are likely to quit the market altogether in a radical shake-up of the energy sector, according to analysts at Citigroup.”
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Fuels rush in as energy blackout threat prompts action from National Grid.

Guardian: “The bizarre prospect of Britain being bailed out by ‘diesel generation parks’ is now a reality as an energy supply shortfall nears crisis point.”
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EDF’s four-reactor nuclear outage heightens UK energy supply fears.

September 4, 2014 Nuclear 

FT: “Concerns over Britain’s energy capacity shortage deepened on Thursday when EDF Energy warned that the impact of shutting four nuclear reactors for safety reasons would be greater than expected.”
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Green energy co-ops blocked by UK government regulator.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the ‘big six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.”
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UK installed solar capacity now exceeds 5GW.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy 

SolarPowerPortal: According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5GW.”
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Collective energy switching auction in UK saves £232 per household.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Consumers who took part in the most recent council-led collective switching auction to get cheaper gas and electricity bills saved an average of £232 per household, the Local Government Assocation (LGA) has revealed.”
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Big 6 face criminal prosecution if suspected of price fixing.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “UK regulators will be given powers to prosecute anyone suspected of rigging the energy market, under proposals being put forward by the government.”
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Solar firms to sue UK government over subsidy cuts once again.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “Four of the UK’s leading solar companies are to sue the government over proposals to halt subsidies for large solar farms from early next year, sparking the third legal battle over solar policy in three years.”
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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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