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UK regulator introduces tough controls aiming to cut energy bills.

FT: “UK energy regulator Ofgem has outlined tough annual price controls for power distributors that it claims will cut £2.1bn from customer bills – equivalent to £11 per household – and increase compensation for extended power outages.”

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One of three UK emergency power plants fails output test.

FT: “One of the three power stations being paid by National Grid to come online in an emergency this winter has failed a test run, heightening concerns over the reliability of Britain’s creaking, accident-prone electricity system.”

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UK renewables companies consider Hinkley EC legal challenge.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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