CRC delay to appease business

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is attempting to appease the business sector left reeling by recent changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency scheme by delaying its second phase.

Addressing a CBI business lobby group conference yesterday, Huhne admitted that there were many concerns about the scheme and the Coalition want to simplify the situation for businesses.

Green vision for business in Wales

DEPUTY First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has called for Welsh businesses to be in the “vanguard” of green energy.

Mr Jones was speaking at the launch of the two-day Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Convergence Energy Projects and Conference at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Green Business Energy practices need committed staff

Committed employess are need if Businesses are goinf to Green their practices a recycling firm has advised.

Companies need a strong focus on sustainability and green energy if they are going to put their wish for Eco friendly practices above profit levels advised Jim Bromley, complience manager ICEX.

"A lot of people, a lot of businesses and corporations want to follow the green IT route, but they don't want to pay the cost. They can't see the end savings they could make in the future." he said 
"Everything boils down to money these days,"

World’s largest offshore Wind farm opens off the coast of Kent

The UK is set to produce more electricity from offshore wind farms than the rest of the world put together. Chris Huhne, the energy secretary opened the world’s largest wind farm at Thanet off the coast of Kent.

The 100 turbines each measuring 300ft high will increase the amount of electricity created by offshore wind farms in the UKby a third to 1,314mWh compared to 1,100mWh in the rest of the world.

Thanet Wind Farm was built by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall increasing the number of large scale offshore wind turbines to 436.


Chris Huhne, the energy secretary has announced that the tidal barrage green energy scheme is to be cancelled and instead the UK will get 8 new nuclear power stations.


The eight new sites announced for the nuclear power stations will be at Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancs; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Glos; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.  A further three sites atDungeness, Kent, and Braystones and Kirksanton, both Cumbria were not given the go ahead.


Joined up thinking needed on nuclear and renewable energy

Chris Huhne, the energy secretary has said that a surge in investment in new energy sources will be needed to ensure our energy security and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in the decades ahead.

Npower to pay back £70 million to customers

Nearly two million homes overcharged for gas are to be refunded, in one of the biggest pay-outs of its kind.

Energy company Npower has agreed to hand back £70m following a long-running row over changes it made to the way it charged customers in 2007.

The firm admits it had not communicated the changes well, and 1.8m people are to receive an average refund of £35.

Npower says it will write to all those affected over the next two months, even if they are no longer customers.

CRC information might be wrong for one in five people

One in five businesses registered for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme may have given the wrong information, according to research. 

The scheme, which had a deadline of yesterday (September 30) to sign up to, has already been branded 'too complex' by the Committee on Climate Change. 

Energy firm npower has polled 100 UK financial directors revealing 23% found the process confusing. 

Scotland could be worlds first hydro economy

The state-owned utility Scottish Water is to be given new powers to build windfarms, hydro schemes and "green" power stations in partnership and competition with established energy companies.

Business are being coming more aware of business energy efficiency

Industry expert at Capgemini has said an increased number of business are now becoming more conscious of business energy efficiency issues

Paul Anderson, programme director for infrastructure outsourcing at Capgemini, explained that having a sustainability strategy is becoming "critical" for all medium to large-scale organisations because they are now aware of the requirement.