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Scottish shale gas is estimated to be in the “billions”

Scottish shale gas is estimated to be in the “billions”

New estimates from the British Geological Survey show there are billions of barrels of shale gas and oil tucked away in Scotland’s Midland Valley in underground reserves. In a report commissioned by the Government, the geologists estimate there’s between 3.2 ...

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EU providing funds of up to €239 million for environmental projects

EU providing funds of up to €239 million for environmental projects

The European Commission is providing funding of up to €239 million ( £191.2m) for projects dedicated to the environment. Businesses across the EU are invited to bid for a share of the cash, which is provided as part of the ...

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British Gas reaches its one millionth domestic smart meter

British Gas reaches its one millionth domestic smart meter

British Gas has now fitted more than 1.4 million smart meters in the UK, with it’s one millionth domestic smart meter being installed in a home in Lewisham, South East London. Starting next year there will be a mass rollout ...

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Over a third of UK households considering installing solar panels

Over a third of UK households considering installing solar panels

According to research from Accenture, 35% of households are considering solar panels in the next five years. The annual New Energy Consumer research, which surveyed 652 UK energy consumers, found that the increase from 8 per cent of households considering ...

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Scottish government bans 19% of wind farms in scenic areas

Scottish government bans 19% of wind farms in scenic areas

The Scottish Government will ban any new onshore wind developments in 19% of Scotland in it’s new National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), which will prevent developments being built in National Parks and National Scenic Areas. “Significant protection” ...

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Which? report shows that complaints about Big Six have reached all time high

Which? report shows that complaints about Big Six have reached all time high

Consumer group Which? has reported an all time high of 1.7 million consumer complaints to the Big Six energy providers compared to 1.48 million in the previous quarter. The lowest number of complaints reported were to about Scottish Power, recording 13.57 ...

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MP’s warn that new 5p charge on carrier bags will be ‘watered down’

MP’s warn that new 5p charge on carrier bags will be ‘watered down’

The new 5p carrier bag charge is due to start in England from October 2015, after a successful scheme in Wales, and Scotland due to start in October this year. However, unlike Wales and Scotland, the smaller retailers in England ...

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Demand expectations for England World Cup opener less than predicted

Demand expectations for England World Cup opener less than predicted

The National Grid’s demand expectation for England’s first World Cup game came in lower than expected. The predicted surge at half time was recorded at only 550MW less than the 700Mw anticipated, with the full time pick up at a ...

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Government stats show fuel poverty down by 5%

Government stats show fuel poverty down by 5%

In 2012,  the number in fuel poverty was an estimated 2.28 million, which is 10.4% of all English households, down from 2.39 million in 2011. However, this increased during 2013, up to 2.33 million. The average fuel poverty gap – ...

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Global wind capacity to double by 2020

Global wind capacity to double by 2020

A new report claims that lead by China, the global wind capacity market will more than double by 2020. Wind power capacity will rise from 319.6GW at the end of last year to 678.5GW by 2020, according to research and ...

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