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How to shop around for your energy needs

In this guest blog, Chief Executive of energy regulator Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, explains the importance of shopping around for better energy tariffs as part of Big Energy Saving Week. We shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think about doing this when it comes to our...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:00



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Love your community, get energy fit together

Environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan (GAP) is supporting Big Energy Saving Week. In this guest blog, Partner Hugh Goulbourne, explains how to get involved. Since 2010, the Big Energy Saving Week programme has raised awareness of the support programmes available for vulnerable...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 21/10/2014 - 09:00



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A big opportunity to save energy and money

In this guest blog, Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey introduces Big Energy Saving Week. As the weather turns colder, many of us start to get ready for winter. You might dig out your scarf or check your tyres – but how many of us remember to get our homes ready too. It’s Big Energy...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Mon, 20/10/2014 - 09:00



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In search of energy independence

In an age of energy volatility, providing your own supply is the Holy Grail for both nations and localities. One such case study is the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro , which will get all its power from renewables by the end of the year. The 10,000-strong island has never been on a power grid,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/10/2014 - 08:45



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Green energy revolution: solar innovation and more

Floating solar panels have arrived on British shores - and may become a more common site on open water if those behind the 800-panel demonstration site on a Berkshire reservoir have their way. The innovation, previously seen largely in Asia, and often where space is limited in built-up areas, does...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 15/10/2014 - 08:45



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The rise in building energy efficiency

A new £50million pot , co-funded by the Green Investment Bank, will see packages of energy efficiency measures installed in hospitals across the UK, with one of the first recipients Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. It’s hoped that changes by the hospitals involved will cut bills by 20 per cent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/10/2014 - 08:45



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New capacity fuels biomass debate

Bio energy’s contribution to the UK energy mix is on the rise - seven per cent of electricity generation in the second quarter of 2014, marking nearly nine per cent increase on the year before. Given that the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) is suggesting that biomass could...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 08/10/2014 - 08:45



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Rich pickings in renewable energy

Sometimes the easiest way to see which ideas are making a big breakthrough globally is to simply follow the money - and there have been some significant examples of late that show green energy is no longer at the fringes of global discourse. Firstly, the World Bank’s renewable energy support has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 01/10/2014 - 08:45



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International energy agendas make progress

India’s booming economic and population growth means smart cities are being seen as the future. The country’s plan to speed up the growth of energy efficient building involves a top-level panel of experts and encouragement for state governments to create new powers to improve the energy performance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/09/2014 - 08:45



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Hard work behind hydrogen hopes

Hydrogen is expected to be a competitive fuel on our roads beyond 2020 - but the serious business of making one of the fuels of the future being the best it can be is well in motion. One of the major barriers preventing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles reaching the mass-market is cost - and a major part...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 26/09/2014 - 08:45