Europe's largest DIY superstore group, Kingfisher (who own B&Q), just carried out a survey which suggests that people across the continent are more worried about their energy bills than paying their rent or mortgage. The survey covered over 17,000 people in 9 countries, and spanned a range of lifestyles, cultures and incomes. So how is this affecting our attitude toward energy efficiency and the wider energy industry in general, and what can we do to change things?
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If you had at least one eye on the news this week you'll have heard talk of Mr Cameron giving his cabinet a long awaited reshuffle. Aside from the big news of William Hague resigning his post and the demotion of Micheal Gove from Education Secretary to Chief Whip, there was some other big news concerning energy that passed by almost unnoticed. Two of the UK's newly appointed environment ministers have been outwardly opposed to green energy - what kind of impact is this going to have on our energy future?
The National Grid have recently published information on their '2014 Energy Scenarios' package which the company's director, Cordi O'Hara, thinks is a useful tool for the industry in difficult times. Energy has its own place in the spotlight lately as every policy and company move is scrutinised, and while many have referred to the National Grid and what they should or shouldn't be doing, they've remained rather quiet. Until now.
At long last, efforts to pass more control onto consumers when it comes to their energy providers and tariffs have been successful. Ofgem have agreed a deal with energy firms which will see switching times reduced to just 3 days with a 14 day cooling off period for all customers. Hopefully this will encourage more people to switch more frequently, helping them reduce their energy bills and keep costs down.
A recent poll taken by the Smart Meter Central Delivery Body (SMCDB) found that almost half of the UK population are concerned about paying too much for their gas and electricity. The study highlights the public mistrust of the energy sector that's been brewing for the past 8 months, and shows no signs of a U-turn. Instead, it's up to Government policy and legislation to ensure that consumers are getting a fair deal. From the rolling out of smart meters to making switching supplier more seamless, is it really enough? And what more can be done?
Some new data released today following a survey by uSwitch has revealed that over half of the UK's homes are owed in excess of £1.2 billion from energy companies. More than 13 million homes are currently 'in credit' on their energy accounts, which most put down to a mild winter and less need for central heating. Potentially, new legislation could stop energy companies from holding onto this money for any length of time, returning any superfluous cash to customer accounts.
The future of Britain's energy production has been a central political focus for years, and as EU deadlines approach there's more hype than ever surrounding various renewable sources which are to make up the UK's future 'energy mix'. We've heard from academics, politicians, environmentalists and businesses, but what do the general public think? A new survey has revealed just that.
Did you know that 80% of small businesses believe that they are not being treated fairly by the big six energy suppliers? The Federation of Small Businesses this week revealed that of the 1,400 businesses they interviewed, a majority said the the big energy companies "do not care" about their needs. What's perhaps more worrying, is that 65% thought it was too difficult for them to switch suppliers. Clearly something needs to be done to address the issue, but what?
For a while now we've heard experts saying that the technology IS available for us to almost completely switch to a low-carbon state in a matter of years, so why isn't it happening? The UN's climate change panel have added additional pressure to the situation week, concluding that if we don't switch to renewable sources soon we're going to have some serious problems not to far down the line. So what can the UK do and why isn't it doing it?
A new report released today says that by the end of 2014 the UK could actually have one of the biggest solar markets in Europe. While the focus has more recently been centred around wind energy generation, and solar subsides have recently taken a hit from the Tories, support for solar has been long and constant enough establish a really strong foothold in the country.