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Businesses have energy saving potential, says British Gas

Businesses are spending up to £1 in every £2 of their electricity bills on powering their business when staff have left for the day, according to British Gas. The supplier said that examining 6,000 smart meter readings showed that 46 per cent of business electricity use happens outside of the traditional business hours of 8am-6pm. … Continued

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Call to landlords, developers and tenants to apply for energy efficiency funding

The UK’s national innovation agency is calling on property owners, developers and large commercial tenants to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of their workplaces. The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) provides millions of pounds in grants to support innovative UK companies every year, but following a review of its low … Continued

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Water demand management an increasing challenge for UK, warns Defra director

The UK’s water resources are “already under pressure” and water demand is set to increase, according to Defra director Sonia Phippard, who has also raised concerns over affordability and environmental issues. In her keynote address at last week’s (February 2) Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum, entitled ‘The future of the water industry – post … Continued

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Scottish Water freezes charges for 2012/13

A price freeze announced by Scottish Water today means prices have not increased for the fourth year running. A Scottish Water spokesperson said the company would continue to invest in tackling leakage and improving service, despite its customers paying one of the lowest average annual household bills in the UK at £324. In fact investment … Continued

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Ofwat to look at social tariffs and abstraction reform

Ofwat has updated its 2012-2013 work programme to include projects on social tariffs and abstraction reform. This reflects proposals made in the Government’s Water White Paper, which was unveiled last month. The document sets out consultation on Ofwat’s forward work programme for the coming financial year, focusing on projects in the pipeline as opposed to … Continued

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Heat scheme hots up

Umbrella company and holiday cottages are first two successful applicants to low carbon heating incentive. Umbrella supplier Booth Brothers in Sheffield entered the history books today by becoming one of the first places in the UK to get the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.Its offices, housed in an 18th century former corn mill in Penistone, will … Continued

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Energy Minister looks forward to 2012

Energy Minister Charles Hendry set out his hopes for a “prosperous 2012” in the oil and gas sector, as he awarded 46 new licences to explore for hydrocarbons in the North Sea. These awards were made as part of the 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round, which was originally announced in October 2010. This … Continued

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Mandatory emissions reporting decision could be delayed further

Policy of removing regulations before introducing new rules threatens to push consultation beyond April deadline Rules requiring companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions look set to be delayed until later this year due to a bottleneck in the government’s legislative process. A consultation on four options including both mandatory and voluntary reporting closed … Continued

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Business ‘back-billing’ may be cut to one year

Ofgem wants energy suppliers to cut down the period they can “back-bill” microbusinesses, when the suppliers have made mistakes over the billing, to one year. The regulator also asked suppliers to extend that approach to bigger business customers. The energy regulator was responding to proposals to address back-billing of business customers put forward by the … Continued

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£64m for renewable power links

SSE, formerly Scottish & Southern Energy, was yesterday given the go-ahead for £64 million-worth of upgrades to its power distribution network in order to plug more renewable energy projects into the national grid. The £34m Northern Isles New Energy Solutions project will allow small-scale renewable energy schemes to supply more of the power needed on … Continued

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