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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Dire UK flooding due to global warming: Met Office.

February 10, 2014 Clean Energy :Climate change is likely to be a factor in the extreme weather that has hit much of the UK in recent months, the Met Office’s chief scientist has said.:
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Davey to Ofgem: consider breaking up Big 6.

February 9, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “The energy secretary Ed Davey has written to regulators criticising British Gas’s dominance of the energy market and suggesting it might have to be broken up.”
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Big 6 must repay £400m they wrongly retain: Ofgem.

February 2, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The big six energy companies will be ordered by the energy regulator to hand back an estimated £400m held in closed customer accounts.”
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Assessing UK shale will take 5 years and 20-40 fracked wells.

January 30, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “It will take five years and the drilling of 20 to 40 fracking wells to judge whether the UK has a viable shale gas industry, the chairman of the only company yet to have used modern hydraulic fracturing techniques here has told the Guardian.”
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Public support for fracking in Britain falls for a second time.

January 28, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “David Cameron is losing the battle for public opinion over fracking for shale gas because of high-profile public protests against the controversial technique, polling suggests.”
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True greens should embrace fracking, says minister.

January 27, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian:  ”True greens should embrace fracking for shale gas in order to combat climate change, the energy minister has said. Greg Barker said ideological convictions rather than sound science motivated anti-fracking campaigners, and urged an expansion of fracking in the UK.”
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Cuadrilla cannot frack until it solves radioactive-water disposal problem.

January 27, 2014 Gas, Oil 

BBC News: “Energy company Cuadrilla has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after issues with radioactive waste. Fracking produces large volumes of water contaminated with low level naturally-occurring radiation.”
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New UK shale delays over radioactive waste water release.

January 27, 2014 Gas, Oil “Energy company Cuadrilla has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after issues with radioactive waste. Fracking produces large volumes of water contaminated with low level naturally-occurring radiation.”
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Fracking firms ‘should pay £6bn pa tax to compensate for climate change’.

January 26, 2014 Climate, Gas 

Guardian: “Shale frackers operating in Britain should be paying £6bn a year in taxes by the middle of the 2020s to compensate for the damage wreaked on the environment, according to a study from Cambridge University.”
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Cameron: UK can woo businesses back to UK with ‘cheap’ shale gas.

January 24, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Business Green: “David Cameron is expected to use the promise of cheap shale gas to lure big manufacturers to the UK, despite his own ministers and advisors suggesting the controversial energy source will not lower bills in Europe.”
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“E.ON runs down power stations despite blackout warning.”

January 22, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “E.ON is to shut one gas-fired power station and expects to reduce output at three others despite continued warnings from the National Grid and others that Britain faces a capacity crunch and potential blackouts.”
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UK’s Green Deal fails to create desired energy efficiency revolution.

January 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “It would be, the climate minister said, the “biggest home improvement programme since the second world war” and “a massive economic and job opportunity”. But the Green Deal, launched in January last year as the government’s main way of encouraging householders to make their homes more energy efficient, has been more of a whimper than the “transformational” scheme that Greg Barker promised.”
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RWE halves investment in renewables.

January 16, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “RWE, one of Britain’s biggest renewable energy investors, is planning to significantly scale back its spending in the UK and expects to sell off wind farms and a major biomass plant.”
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UK PM: ‘We’re going all out for shale,’ & those opposing are ‘irrational’.

January 13, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “David Cameron is to declare that his government is “going all out for shale” as he announces that councils will be entitled to keep 100% of business rates raised from fracking sites in a deal expected to generate millions of pounds for local authorities.”
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“Total joins UK pursuit of shale boom”: FT.

January 11, 2014 Gas, Oil 

FT: “Total of France is to become the first major oil company to explore for shale gas in the UK, in a big boost for government efforts to create a US-style fracking boom on British soil.” Read more

UK PM links current floods to climate change: “power of context” at work.

January 8, 2014 Climate, Commentaries 

Business Green: “Responding to questions from Labour’s Ed Miliband and the Lib Dems’ Tim Farron on, respectively, the adequacy of Defra’s flood preparedness and the link between climate change and increasing extreme weather risks, Cameron promised the government would report back on its flood resilience strategy and acknowledged that, while “colleagues… can argue about whether [extreme weather] is linked to climate change or not, I very much suspect that it is”.” Read more

UK windpower breaks monthly, weekly, and daily records in December.

January 2, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “British wind power enjoyed a boom December during which it set new delivery records to the nation’s grid, said RenewableUK.” Read more

Fears of global oil crisis aired at Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogue.

January 2, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 
Jeremy Leggett column in Recharge magazine: “We are betting our entire national economic life on the hope — indeed the expectation — that the fracking boom will continue until well into the 2020s, and that, at a rate and cost we desire, significant amounts of ‘yet to be discovered’ oil will somehow be found to meet the demand.” Read more

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