Utilities News

Energy Bills Set To Fall For Millions Of Households

Posted on 7th February, 2020

Energy bills are to fall for millions of British households this April after the regulator lowered price caps.  Ofgem has reduced the default price cap and pre-payment meter cap by £17, which the regulator said would lower bills for about 15 million households.  The cap was introduced to protect customers...

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Water and Sewerage Bills Set To Fall By About £17 A Year

Posted on 6th February, 2020

The average household’s water and sewerage bill will drop by about £17 a year in England and Wales.  Water UK, the industry trade body, said the average annual bill would fall by 4% to £396.60 from 1 April.  Its chief executive, Christine McGourty, said the water industry was “committed to...

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Rogue Energy Brokers ‘con small businesses out of £2bn a year’

Posted on 28th January, 2020

Small businesses are being conned out of £2bn by rogue “energy brokers” who lock them into long-term bad-value gas and electricity contracts, according to documents submitted to the energy regulator.  Charities, churches and care homes are among the organisations paying far more than they should for their energy, after falling...

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Big Energy Saving Week: Top 10 Tips To Reduce Your Energy Bills

Posted on 21st January, 2020

Reducing energy consumption and eventually saving money on bills can be done through everyday actions and to help consumers do just that, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced 10 top tips. 1. Turning appliances off standby mode can save £30 a year so remember not to...

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UKPN Achieves Certification For Cutting Carbon Emissions

Posted on 21st January, 2020

The power network operator has been recognised by the Carbon Trust for an absolute reduction of 6.6% carbon emissions since 2016/17.   UK Power Networks (UKPN) has become the first electricity network operator to achieve the Carbon Trust’s certification for reducing carbon emissions. The Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon is...

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Call to crack down on energy broker rip-offs which could cause small businesses to go bust

Posted on 17th January, 2020

The unregulated world of energy brokers is leaving small business owners open to scams.  Broker complaints made up 382 – or roughly 10 per cent – of the issues reported to the Energy Ombudsman from small firms in the past year. Almost half were upheld.  Now charity Citizens Advice has...

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Fraudulent Sales Calls (Energy Contracts)

Posted on 18th July, 2019

We’ve recently received a growing number of updates from our clients about fraudulent energy calls (a number of these have even pretended to be from Beaconplus), and they claim that energy contracts are due (which isn’t always the case) and offer uncompetitive rates over the phone followed by an email...

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ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) – Phase 2 (Dec’ 2019 Deadline)

Posted on 15th December, 2018

Compliance with the second phase of the scheme must be completed and reported to the Environment Agency by 5 December 2019.   All large enterprises in the UK will be affected.  This is defined as having 250 employees or more, or having both a turnover greater than 50 million euros and...

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OFGEM – Changes to Electricity Charges (DCP 161)

Posted on 26th February, 2018

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) has brought out new legislation, DCP (Distribution Change Proposal) 161, which will impact electricity charges.  This is a key industry change from 1st April 2018, which will affect many businesses. DCP 161 is an introduction of Excess Capacity penalties, meaning that if you...

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De-Regulation of the Water Industry in England

Posted on 11th October, 2017

The water industry in England deregulated on 1 April 2017, for commercial supplies only.  One of the main benefits for this reform will be consolidated billing (should you have more than one water account/multiple sites in different areas).  We will continue to keep a close eye on how this develops (including...

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