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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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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Local business launches impartial price comparison site in response to recent energy price increases

Business Cost Consultants (BCC), one of the UK’s leading independent utility consultants, has launched an impartial energy price comparison site in response to recent hikes in electricity and gas prices throughout the UK. The Glasgow-based company was asked by several of their housing association clients about ways to help their tenants save on energy costs. … 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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