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Google announces ‘smart’ thermostat start-up

Google announces ‘smart’ thermostat start-up

Google has announced it is going to buy a ‘smart’ thermostat start-up company in a deal worth $32 billion (£1.9 billion). Founded by two executives from Apple, ‘Nest’ has developed a thermostat which can help lower heating and air conditioning ...

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Loyal energy customers missing out on billions

Loyal energy customers missing out on billions

UK energy customers that do not swap suppliers could be missing out on huge savings totalling billions of pounds, according to new research by Gocompare.com. The research has found that more than 50% haven’t switched in the last 3 years, ...

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Blackpool hospital receiving CHP plant

Blackpool hospital receiving CHP plant

A Blackpool hospital is to get a combined heat and power plant to provide it with 25-30% of it’s electricity and 50-60% of it’s heat requirements. The system will hold 100kW for the Clifton Hospital, which has three 24 bed ...

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Norwegians become millionaires as oil fund grows

Norwegians become millionaires as oil fund grows

Every Norwegian has theoretically become a millionaire, thanks to high oil and gas prices causing the sovereign wealth fund ballooning . In 1990 the fund was set up and it now owns 1% of the world stocks as well as ...

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Npower announces energy cuts of 2.6%

Npower announces energy cuts of 2.6%

Energy supplier Npower has announced a reduction in around 2.6% in response to the government’s recent changes to energy bills. The Npower customers whose bills went up in December will see the reduction in their bills, including those on fixed ...

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£85m energy from waste power plant given the go ahead

£85m energy from waste power plant given the go ahead

The green light has been given by the government for an £85 million waste-to-energy power plant in east Belfast. Bombardier Aerospace, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer will use the new facility to convert 120,000 tonnes of non-recyclable industrial and commercial waste ...

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Electricity network companies face a £4 million bill due to Christmas Day power cuts

Electricity network companies face a £4 million bill due to Christmas Day power cuts

In the aftermath of the Christmas Day power cuts, electricity network companies face a £4 million compensation bill after half a million customers in the south of England were cut off due to high winds 2 days before the festive ...

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Complaints about energy sector more than double in 2013

Complaints about energy sector more than double in 2013

The number of complaints made to about the energy sector have more than doubled in comparison to the same period last year. 1,805 complaints were made to the Ombudsman last month, a 106% increase compared to December 2012. July and ...

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Labour says big six have overcharged by over £3.8bn

Labour says big six have overcharged by over £3.8bn

Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint claims that the big six energy suppliers have overcharged customers to the tune of £3.8 billion over the last three years. Flint stated that UK energy suppliers have been buying wholesale energy at above the ...

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New Year Honours for National Grid prominent figures

New Year Honours for National Grid prominent figures

Amongst the usual celebrities and sporting heroes that regularly make the New Year’s Honours list, this year there were some prominent energy and water industry figures that received awards too. National Grid’s Executive Director Nick Winser received a CBE for ...

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