OVO Energy and charity TCV to plant 250k trees across UK

Independent energy supplier OVO Energy has joined forces with community volunteering charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to plant around 250,000 trees in communities across the UK. It follows the energy company’s partnership with TCV in September last year, when 158,000 trees were planted under the ‘I Dig Trees’ initiative. The programme was delivered through Green […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – What value do energy news channels add?

Year on year progress As we approach Energy Live 2016, it’s timely to give a view on the value the energy media in the UK have added on both the supply and demand side of the sector over recent years. I’ve been fortunate in having both worked with and observed the growth and maintenance of […]

Guest Blog: Alan Little – Capacity Market

Before we discuss the Capacity Market (CM), it is essential we highlight the current issues the UK faces: Decarbonising the electricity supply Security of supply Minimising the cost of energy to consumers So what is the Capacity Market and how will it aid these issues? The Capacity Market forms part of the government’s Electricity Market […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Are potential power blackouts a driver for greater efficiency?

Hey, we haven’t eaten our Easter eggs yet so why do we need to think about next winter already? There has been much speculation on the tightness in UK supply and demand balance on the electricity network next winter, i.e. 2016/17. From an energy efficiency perspective, is it actually a desirable thing that there is […]

Energy consultancy creates 250 jobs in Manchester

A total of 250 jobs have been created in Manchester by energy consultancy Exchange Utility. The news comes as the company is moving to Bury centre, which is part of their aim to help more businesses save money on energy bills. Councillor Mike Connolly, Leader of Bury Council, said: “This move secures further employment opportunities […]

DECC’s five-year plan ‘offers nothing to businesses’

The UK Government needs to develop and present a coherent and  “ambitious” plan for energy generation and supply in the UK for the decades ahead. That’s the view of Andrew Fletcher, Managing Director of Carbon Control, who believes DECC’s five-year plan, which was unveiled last week, “offers nothing to businesses”. He said the “most fundamental […]

Firms could be paying ‘significantly more’ for P272

Businesses are being urged to shop around to find the best deal to comply with the P272 legislation. It is a mandatory industry change that affects more than 100,000 businesses in the UK and is aimed at ensuring accurate billing. The legislation affects those organisations with meters in the 05 to 08 profile class, which […]

Reforming the energy market codes

The complexity of energy markets are reflected in supporting industry agreements and subsidiary documents – or codes – which ensure market operability. Codes enable government-driven and consumer-focused initiatives to be implemented as well as provide governance that supports energy companies to ensure there are fair market practices. Gemserv, a code administrator for more than 15 […]

Suffolk homeowners offered free solar panels

Almost 2,000 homes in Suffolk are being offered free rooftop solar panels. Havebury Housing Partnership has awarded a contract to renewables firm Saving Energy to install the solar arrays. It is urging tenants to take up the offer for the project, which it claims will help them save up to 50% on their electricity bills. […]

Oil demand growth to ease back in 2016, says IEA

Oil demand growth is forecast to ease back “considerably” in 2016. It will be reduced to 1.2 million barrels per day (mb/d), according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Oil demand peaked to 1.6mb/d in 2015. In its Oil Market Report (OMR) for February, the IEA stated demand will be pulled down by “notable slowdowns” in Europe, […]