British Gas snaps up ‘smart’ tech firm

British Gas is to buy a UK-based company that helps consumers control their heating and hot water remotely. The Big Six supplier, a subsidiary of Centrica, already owns a 21% stake in AlertMe and is set to pay £44 million for the remainder. British Gas said the new deal would allow AlertMe to boost the […]

Reporter’s Blog

Not so smart meters You can’t get a smart meter for love nor money. At least, so says a man who has gone out of his way to get his hands on one, without any luck. Last week the Energy Secretary has talked up the benefits of smart meters and British Gas announced plans to […]

Consumers the only ‘obstacle’ to smart homes

Consumers are the only “obstacle” to the success of so-called ‘smart’ meters and homes. That’s the view of Pilgrim Beart, founder of AlertMe which makes energy monitors for homeowners to check up on their energy use. The serial entrepreneur and ex-Silicon Valley programmer made the claim at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual Clerk […]

Smart meter firm wins Company of the Year

Smart metering firm Bglobal has been named Company of the Year at the Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2011, which recognises excellence in the renewable and clean-tech industries. The Lancashire-based company, which provides smart metering for energy suppliers and firms across the UK, has posted substantial increases in turnover and profits in the past financial year […]