energy
London Launches its Own Gas & Electricity Provider

London's mayor has pressed a large ceremonial plastic "on" switch today, designed to highlight the launch of London Power – a bespoke new electricity and gas provider for people in their small subdivisions of homes in the big city. Read More >>

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Government Ignores Objections to New Cumbrian Coal Mine

Objections to West Cumbria Mining's plan to open a new coal mine in the UK for the first time since forever have been dismissed by the government, so the Woodhouse Colliery project is definitely going to happen. Men will go back to digging it out, although probably with machinery and helmets and pensions now, and maybe some women even. Read More >>

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Eden Project Plans Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Cornwall's staggeringly popular Eden Project attraction has secured enough money to fund its geothermal energy ambitions, and is to begin drilling a 4.5km-deep hole in the ground in order to harness heat from the rocks below the domes to power itself – and perhaps local homes – using the ultimate in ground-source heating. Read More >>

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Wales Agrees to Build New Gas-Burning Power Station

The Welsh government has granted planning permission for Drax – yes the same Drax that wants to capture carbon – to build an entirely gas-burning new power station outside of Swansea. The initial plans appear to show the chimneys pointing at the sky. Read More >>

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UK Government Has ‘Finally Recognised Reality’ and Pushed Back the Smart Meter Deadline to 2024

The smart meter roll out deadline for energy suppliers has been pushed back from 2020 to 2024. Read More >>

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Thousands Complain About the Misselling of Solar Panels

The Financial Ombudsman Service is sitting on a vast backlog of complaints about underperforming solar installations, with around 2,000 UK citizens staring at their electricity statements and wondering what happened to all the free money they had been led to expect would come from sticking panels on and around their homes. Read More >>

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Mega Turbine With 107m Blades Begins Tests in the UK

A very large and awkwardly shaped package has arrived in the UK, with General Electric's offshore wind team signing for it and beginning the process of assembling and testing what will soon be the largest wind turbine in the world, complete with blades 107 metres long. Read More >>

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Low-Carb Power Crossed 50 Per Cent Milestone in 2018

53 per cent of the UK's electricity was created by non-fossil generating sources in 2018, although this figure does include power coming from nuclear options so isn't quite all world-saving amazing news, depending on if you're #TeamNuclear or not. Read More >>

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Scottish Wind Power Bails Out Your Southern Air Conditioners

Scotland and its array of on and off-shore wind turbines hit a new record for renewable energy production in the first half of 2019, with enough power generated to fully run all the daisy-chained chargers and cheese chilling fridges of 4.47 million homes. Read More >>

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E.ON Puts Everyone on a Renewable Tariff for Nothing

Electricity provider E.ON has switched all of its UK subscribers to a 100 per cent renewable tariff, leaving its 3.3 million customers happy in the knowledge that no coal was harmed in the charging of their smart devices. Read More >>

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Government Plans Tax Attack on Home Solar Installs

The tax enforcers at the HMRC are proposing a massive increase in the tax payable when purchasing a home solar and battery combo, with the existing 5 per cent VAT rate possibly rising to 20 per cent in the near future. Read More >>

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Supermarket Fridges Are a Surprise Grid Power Battery Buffer

Tesco and a team of energy experts from the University of Lincoln have had an idea right out of the pages of a very boring straight-to-Kindle science fiction novel set about seven months into the future. They think supermarket fridges could be engineered to provide the equivalent functionality of a massive battery to smooth out fluctuations in demand across the energy grid. Read More >>

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Scotland Builds Giant Super Battery

Scottish Power is about to corner a significant amount of the UK's lithium stocks, as it's preparing to build a huge battery rated to store up to 50 MW of power. Read More >>

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It Was Another Bad Weekend for the Coal Merchants

Hot on the heels of the last bit of warm weather we had came another bit of warm weather this weekend, but this is not a retrospective weather forecast. It's your regular update on the state of coal-fired power generation in the UK, which hit a new record low over the bank holiday. Read More >>

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Hot Weekend Shuts Down the Coal-Fired Power Stations

The UK ran on not-coal-generated forms of electricity for the longest period since our best method of power generation was the water wheel and pulling things up rivers with horses, with the coal-fired power stations left smouldering and offline for 90-straight hours over the warm long weekend. Read More >>