Free weekend energy

British Gas are offering a tariff to certain customers that gives away free electricity over the weekend. In truth this is not the best tariff around, but on balance it’s a move in the right direction. BG has about 11 million domestic customers and of these 2.4 million have smart meters, who are eligible for the new…

ECO Help to Heat

Drop everything you’re doing! Whatever it is it could well be less important than the future of domestic energy efficiency programmes in this country through to 2022, as described in a government consultation document published today. We have seven weeks to study, think, reflect and write. Whilst some of us have been through this two or three times…

ALEO Olay!

I was, as usual, attending the south west region Carbon Action Network meeting in Taunton earlier this week, and very worthwhile it was too. If you are a local government officer or housing association worker with an interest in energy efficiency or fuel poverty you really should make every effort to get along. Why? Well, I’ll…

Is this the dirtiest Government?

The debate about Europe seems to have refreshed another older debate, possibly for the wrong reasons, about what it means to be British – or English for that matter. I’m pretty clear about that myself but I know many people struggle, especially with what ‘englishness’ is. Surely one of the most positive and endearing characteristics of…

Santa’s secret

There’s nothing quite like a meaty infographic choc full of energy statistics to raise the spirits ahead of Christmas. I want the Blu Ray in my stocking! Seriously, some stats to help you forget the spendathon in which you are no doubt currently mired. How is your electricity made? Support to People on Low Incomes…

How important is the low carbon economy?

Annual turnover in the low carbon and renewable energy sector in 2014 was £45.3 billion, representing 1.3 per cent of non-financial business economic activity. The industry employed 233,000 full-time equivalent staff across the UK. Figures published today (9th December) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) are based on a survey of UK businesses. The…

New ECO Guidance

Ofgem have published new guidance for the Energy Company Obligation. No doubt some of you are required to read and understand this, but before you dive into the 148 pages, there is nothing here that we were not already aware of. This document – version 1.1 – brings together changes to the scheme made in recent…