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Vertical separation of water firms 'inefficient and expensive'

Vertical separation of water firms ‘inefficient and expensive’

A recent report by ICS Consulting has concluded that there is a clean theoretical basis for the idea that a vertically integrated structure of water companies can work in the best interests of consumers, by enabling firms to operate at lower cost. The Current Setup At present, there are 21 regulated providers of water and/or … Continued

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water risk management strategy

Water Scarcity: Does your organisation have a water risk management strategy?

A recent report by EIRIS, the leading global provider of independent investment research into the environmental, social, governance and ethical performance of companies, has identified that a significant proportion of global companies are at risk from water scarcity. This in turn will begin to have a detrimental financial impact on companies and their investors. THE … Continued

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CRC FIRST ANNUAL REPORT DUE ON 29 JULY – ENSURE YOU ARE PREPARED TO AVOID FINANCIAL PENALTIES

CRC First Annual Report due on 29 July – ensure you are prepared

As we noted in last week’s blog, participants in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme must submit their first annual report by 29 July 2011. This report will detail participants’ carbon emissions and will have to be submitted on an annual basis via the CRC website. There are legal obligations on organisations to disclose information and … Continued

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The CRC Energy Efficient Scheme: have you given up?

The CRC Energy Efficient Scheme: have you given up?

As you will know, participants in the CRC need to measure and report their carbon emissions annually, following a specific set of measurement rules. The first annual report of emissions is due by 29 July 2011. If you are worried about missing the deadline or concerned about the data you are submitting email info@businesscostconsultants.co.uk and … Continued

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Backdated Business Energy Bills: Should Ofgem Step In?

Backdated Business Energy Bills: Should Ofgem Step In?

Over the last few months we have been reading about small companies struggling due to backdated energy bills amounting to thousands of pounds. Consumer Focus said it received almost 2,000 complaints last year from small businesses who had been hit with backdated energy charges and warned that the problem will get worse. It is less … Continued

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Nuclear Power

The Nuclear Debate. And the winner is….

Germany’s environment minister, Norbert Rottgen, today announced that Germany pledges to end all nuclear power by 2022 following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan. With nearly a quarter of Germany’s electricity coming from nuclear power, how will they make up for the shortfall when nuclear is gone? Well it is hoped that the country will … Continued

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Should water groups merge?

Should water groups merge?

In an interview with The Times yesterday, Richard Flint of Kelda stated that it is about time that water groups merged. Water companies have been under increasing pressure to upgrade infrastructure to cope with the increasing demand whilst keeping costs down. Mr Flint argued, “If we want to manage water more efficiently and more effectively, … Continued

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Regulator Ofgem accuses the six big energy companies of price fixing

Regulator Ofgem accuses the six big energy companies of price fixing

UK electricity and gas regulator Ofgem has claimed that the six biggest energy companies have been price fixing and not reducing prices to reflect the wholesale market. The six companies include British Gas parent firm Centrica, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, RWE npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power. Ofgem also claim that the intensity … Continued

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6 ways to reduce business energy costs

We’ve all read about energy bills ‘crippling’ businesses and probably have had our own experiences of soaring energy bills. But what can be done about this problem? Business Cost Consultants have outlined a few tips that can help reduce your energy costs and save your organisation money. 1. Keep organised and don’t miss your contract … Continued

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