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Press anger at British Gas profits

The UK press has shown its anger over the latest announcements that British Gas profits are up 11%, only months after putting up fuel bills. Big bonuses have been given to executives and large dividends to shareholders, whilst poor families ...

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“Blue economy” boosted by web portal

The blue economy has received a boost by the launch of a new web portal providing free access to data about the UK’s territorial waters by the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate has collected data for the web portal – ...

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Carbon price plummets after fast-track backload proposal dropped

Carbon prices plummeted on Monday after a European Parliament committee vote that would have fast-tracked proposals to backload sales of emissions allowances was dropped. The postponement followed Germany’s second cancellation days earlier of a European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ...

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Half of the general public unaware of smart meters

According to a survey commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) over half of the general public are still unaware of smart meters. The survey is the second conducted by Ipsos Mori entitled ‘public awareness, attitude and ...

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European Commission takes UK to court over reduced rate VAT on energy efficiency

Brussels are taking the UK to court as a result of the lower rate of 5% VAT for all energy saving products, it was announced today. The European Commission said that the UK’s defence for the reduced rate was “not ...

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Consumer Focus watchdog calls for clearer energy efficiency information

Consumer Focus Scotland said that energy efficiency schemes need to be much clearer on who is eligible and who’s not. The consumer body accepts that awareness of these schemes are high but comparatively few consumers have accessed help from the ...

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European Parliament backs credit backloading to boost carbon price

The European Parliament committee for the environment, public health and food safety, passed plans to backload sales of credits under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) today. They voted 38 to 25 in favour of the scheme, which hopes to ...

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Which? survey shows that sales staff are confused at tariffs

  According to a Which? survey, sales staff at energy companies are confused when it comes to offering tariffs to customers. The research showed that staff are sometimes not offering customers the cheapest rate available to them, because they are ...

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Water and sewarage companies in hot water for exploiting tax havens

Water companies have come under fire for allegedly using tax havens to route profits. Investigative journalists Corporate Watch analysed the finances of 19 of the UK’s water and sewerage companies , and found 6 to have exploited a regulatory loophole ...

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Ofgem demands better complaints handling by energy suppliers

The Big Six energy suppliers have published information on customer complaints in a new format, as a result of Ofgem’s new guidelines to improve the way complaints are handled. The reporting regime requires more frequent data that needs to be ...

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