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Big Six 'could receive £245m windfall'

A new report has revealed the Big Six could be set to receive a sum of £245 million. Last year, chancellor George Osborne announced the government's Energy Companies Obligation energy efficiency scheme would be cut, with savings of between £30 - £40 passed onto consumers,... More >

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Proposal submitted for housing development in Sunderland

Sunderland College has revealed it plans to replace sections of its campus in order to make room for a new housing development. Officials have stated they are looking to transfer the activities undertaken at its site in Shiney Row to other areas, with the area being used for a new estate. Almost... More >

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First Utility offers cheapest energy in the UK

Independent energy supplier First Utility now offers the cheapest gas and electricity tariff in the UK. The firm becomes the second to reduce its costs below the £1,000 mark, after Ovo announced the average household would only pay £998 per year. First Utility has gone slightly cheaper... More >

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New proposal for Nottingham housing development

The first images in the form of an artistic impression have been revealed of a potential new housing development in Nottingham. Nottingham Post reports an application is currently being put together by Oxalis Planning, which represents several landowners in the south of Clifton, to build 3,000 new... More >

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Plans submitted for £150m housing project

A proposal for a new housing development project has been submitted to Dundee City Council. Plans have been drawn up for £150 million to be invested into building 228 new homes in the Western Gateway area of the city. It marks the first step in the development of a new village at South Gray,... More >

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Smaller firms 'now provide better energy services'

A new report has suggested smaller energy firms are now providing better deals for consumers than the Big Six. GoCompare, a price comparison website, has conducted research which shows Ovo Energy offers the cheapest energy tariff in the UK. Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesman at Gocompare.com, said:... More >

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Could offshore energy drive push up bills?

British consumers could face even higher gas and electricity payments in the future, as the government looks to restrict wind farms to offshore areas. According to recent reports, a move to limit onshore turbines in the Conservative Party's election manifesto in 2015 would require increased... More >

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Ovo set to fix prices below £1,000

Energy supplier Ovo has announced it is set to freeze prices at below £1,000 per year for its customers. An annual dual fuel bill costs around £1,300, but the small provider has fixed tariffs at £998, making it the cheapest on the UK market. It claims the fact that wholesale gas... More >

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Scotland 'could see energy price increase after independence'

The UK government has suggested that Scottish residents could face a hike in energy prices, if they vote to become independent. Energy secretary Ed Davey has spoken about a new analysis that predicts consumers in Scotland could be forced to pay an additional £189 per year for gas and... More >

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More households are switching to smaller energy suppliers

The number of households who decided to change energy suppliers in the UK rose by seven per cent in March, new statistics have revealed. Firms outside the Big Six benefited particularly well, with 43 per cent of these homes switching to smaller providers, City AM reports. Energy UK commissioned the... More >

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Energy firms 'should reduce costs'

Energy companies in the UK have been urged to lower their gas and electricity prices. It has emerged that, due to a mild winter throughout Europe, wholesale energy costs have dropped to their lowest since August 2011. Compared to a year ago, prices have decreased by an estimated 43 per cent, with a... More >

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Good Energy's customer base grows

Rising gas prices and an inquiry into the state of the energy sector has encouraged a growing number of individuals to change their supplier. The increasing dissatisfaction with the Big Six companies has been good news for a smaller provider, Good Energy, which reported a 32 per cent rise in... More >

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Complaints against energy firms soar

Complaints against energy companies in the UK have reached their highest ever level. The first three months of the year has seen a 224 per cent rise in complaints compared to the same period of 2013. In total, there were over 10,600 issues lodged to Ombudsman Services regarding the sector, up from... More >

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Three council housing developments announced in Aberdeenshire

A local authority in Scotland is set to invest almost £13 million into three new council housing developments. Aberdeenshire made the announcement that a total of 96 homes will be built in the area, including 30 in Westhill, 42 in Peterhead and 24 in Inverurie. It is just one part of a larger... More >

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UK has 'some of the cheapest energy prices'

New statistics have shown that the UK has some of the cheapest energy prices in Europe. Official figures from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) reveal Britain to have the fifth cheapest electricity market, in a study that analysed 15 major countries in Europe. Furthermore, only... More >

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Leeds homes set to receive insulation funding

A number of households in Otley are set to benefit from a government scheme to reduce energy bills. Homes in the Leeds-based town will be granted a total of £4.9 million, on a street-by-street basis, so they can pay for things such as solid wall insulation, the Telegraph and Argus... More >

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Housing association secures £120 million fund

A housing association in Northern Ireland has announced it has secured a £120 million loan to boost developments in the region. Up to 1,600 new homes could be built as a result of the funds, all of which will be used as social housing, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Clanmil Housing Group,... More >

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Planning permission granted to new housing development

Planning permission has been granted for one of three proposed new housing developments in South Gloucestershire. A 133-acre site at Fishpool Hill near Cribbs Causeway will be the location for 1,100 homes, as well as a primary school, transport infrastructure and community facilities, the Bristol... More >

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More people 'switching to smaller energy firms'

An independent energy supplier has claimed more people are switching to smaller firms for their gas and electricity. Since prices at the Big Six companies went up last year, Economy Energy states that it has seen a 45 per cent growth in its customer base. An enquiry into the larger firms has begun... More >

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Small firms could save £1bn in energy

Small businesses in the UK could save up to £1 billion due to new rules set to be introduced into the energy industry today (April 1st). Companies will now be in a better position to negotiate the rates they are paying for gas and electricity, while they will also find it easier to switch... More >

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Lincolnshire town to benefit from insulation

A number of homes in a Lincolnshire town are set to receive external insulation. Councillors have voted to approve plans for 70 council houses to be insulated in South Kesteven, in an attempt to reduce energy prices. Properties on Lambeth Walk and Little Casterton Road, Stamford, will benefit from... More >

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Energy companies 'admit their faults'

A new report has stated that several energy companies have anonymously admitted to failing their customers. Set to be released later this week, pollsters of the YouGov study entitled Energy, Politics and the Consumer were told that individuals were deliberately given poor service. People's... More >

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Labour 'to protect small businesses'

Labour leader Ed Miliband is set to pledge to protect small businesses from energy companies treating them unfairly. He will give a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses in Manchester, in which he will announce plans to set up a regulator that will help firms with high tariffs and back-dated... More >

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EE announces price freeze

One of the Big Six energy suppliers in Britain has decided to freeze gas and electricity prices until 2016. SEE, which controls companies such as Swalec, announced it would cut around 500 jobs as a result of this decision. Plans to develop offshore wind farms have also been shelved for the time... More >

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Big Six to be investigated

Regulator Ofgem has announced that a review will be carried out to determine whether certain energy firms stifle competition. It will target the Big Six suppliers in the UK, which include British Gas, Scottish Power, SEE, nPower, EDF and E.ON. The announcement, which has been expected for some... More >

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Energy firms 'charge loyal customers more'

New research has shown that consumers who remain loyal to their energy provider are being charged up to £90 more than new customers. Some of the biggest companies are adding a surcharge to the tariffs of households who have not changed their supplier, This Is Money reports. On average, they... More >

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Plans for two housing developments in south Wales

Plans for two major housing developments in the south of Wales have been announced. A former steelworks site at Whiteheads in Newport consisting of around 39 acres will host the new homes as well as a primary school, while the other will be based at a 16-acre site at Eirin Park in Tonyrefail. The... More >

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Energy UK defends market dominance

Energy UK has attempted to fight criticism of the UK's energy industry by insisting that there is competition in the market. A report, commissioned by the trade body, has revealed there are currently 18 companies offering gas and electricity services to consumers - the highest since 2005, the Gu... More >

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Which? calls for investigation into Big Six

Which? and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have sent a letter to regulators urging an investigation into the UK energy sector. Both organisations have called for the Big Six energy firms to be broken up amid concerns over the profits they are making while people struggle to pay their... More >

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Cashback for insulation increases

The government has announced that a scheme to provide cash back to households who implement green energy initiatives has been extended. Under the new legislation, homeowners who install solid wall insulation will be able to claim £4,000 back from the state. This figure was previously just... More >

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