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Compulsory metering looks likely to become a reality in areas of serious water stress. David Ballard analyses the implications for water companies and the consumer, and argues that basic mechanical meters could prove a false economy.

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Figures from the survey revealed that just 13% have seen a decrease in energy costs over the last three years

SMEs urge Government to provide energy efficiency grants

A large proportion of Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that the Government should provide grants towards the installation costs of energy efficiency measures, according to a survey from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).

By entering their energy data into the  app consumers can realise up to 10% reductions in energy use

New app could cut domestic energy use by 10%

A new app that can reportedly cut household energy use by 10% is being rolled out to 200,000 Swedish homes.

In the Netherlands, Vodafone’s network is used to share information about the driving efficiency of 1,500 bus drivers

Vodafone slashes emissions impact with Internet of Things

Vodafone has helped save its customers more than 3.5m tonnes of CO2e thanks to its ability to connect devices and share information through the Internet of Things (IoT).

Gareth Williams reccommends using ISO50001 as a route to ESOS compliance

ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

People are less concerned about the UK becoming too dependent on energy from other countries (72% down from 80%).

Public confidence rising that the UK can 'keep the lights on'

The number of people identifying energy supply as one of the top three issues facing Britain has fallen by a third since March 2014, to 21%.

Installing smart meters will cost around £11bn, but Decc expects the costs to be offset by £17bn savings

'Time running out' for UK smart meter rollout

An £11bn Government plan to install smart meters in every UK home and small business by 2020 is in danger of becoming a 'costly failure', MP's have warned.

Smart meters can help businesses make informed decisions to manage energy costs

Edie explains: Non-domestic smart meters

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. But what are the business benefits of using them? How expensive and complicated are they? And are you obliged to have one in your organisation? edie explains...

Report: Councils should aim higher on tower block efficiency

Retrofitting residential tower blocks can help the environment and alleviate fuel poverty for some of society's poorest member, says a new report from environmental think-tank The Green Alliance.

78% of UK SMEs are keen to be supplied with renewable energy

UK SMEs 'missing out' on big energy bill savings

Time-pressured SMEs across the UK might be missing out on potential savings on their energy bills, even though cost of energy is the most important consideration for them when choosing a supplier.

Asda has become the latest UK supermarket chain to use Enacto TM software to manage more than 10,000 meters throughout the UK

Asda to rollout new smart meter technology

Asda has become the latest supermarket chain to make use of more advanced energy management software with a new monitoring system being implemented at 660 stores nationwide.

Businesses' websites will be updated to encourage consumers to 'use less, waste less and pay less'. (Image shown is a mock-up version).

Big Energy Vision: Nationwide campaign launched to encourage greener thinking

Kingfisher, Global Action Plan and the National Trust are among a host of big businesses and charities that have united to launch a major campaign which encourages UK households to control rising energy bills and reduce emissions.

Low and no-cost actions can  produce quick returns and significantly reduce energy costs

Managing your energy: Five top tips for businesses

With increasing energy costs and legislation pushing energy management further up the corporate agenda, edie brings you five 'light-bulb moments' to improve energy efficiency and boost margins.

Industry backs smart grid transition but concerns remain

There is a "real appetite" to revolutionise energy use through smart grids from both industry and the public, but the benefits need to be clearly communicated and shared, according to new research.

Microsoft moves from smart to smarter buildings

Darrell Smith's focus throughout his career has been finding ways for companies around the world to get smart - smart about managing their buildings that is.

Leicester's smart meter plan to reduce waste water by 10% in public buildings

Leicester City Council has teamed up with De Montfort University (DMU) on a smart metering project that is expected to reduce water wastage by 10% and energy use by 10% in public buildings.

UK to gain £25bn from smart city industry

The smart cities industry has been valued at more than $400bn (£250bn) globally by 2020, with the UK expected to gain a 10% share, according to a new report.

Water metering is now providing O2's Slough head office with half-hourly data and has pinpointed where water use is highest

O2 on target to cut water consumption by 25% by 2015

O2 is on target to cut water consumption by 25% from its offices and switch sites by 2015, despite usage increasing by almost 17m litres in 2012, according to the company's latest sustainability report.

EXCLUSIVE: BT puts carbon ranking success down to 'commercial rationale'

BT has cemented its position as the number one British company for carbon reporting in the UK by making a business case for sustainability, according to its director of energy and carbon Richard Tarboton.

Electricity price alerts could be solution to intermittent renewable energy supply

A pioneering trial is underway to test if day-ahead electricity price alerts can encourage consumers to make better use of wind power on windy days.

Public engagement key to smart meter success

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee has expressed concerns that approximately just 50% of the public have heard of smart meters and not all of them support the roll-out.

Smart meter rollout gathers momentum

The roll out of smart meters for millions of businesses and households took a step forward yesterday with the publication of Government decisions on consumer engagement, privacy and security.

Ministry of Defence reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 11%

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 by more than 11%, making significant progress towards the governments green operations and procurement targets.

Climate change concerns fall off public radar

Public concern for issues such as climate change and energy security are dwindling, according to a report published today.

The initiative will stop up to £2.7m going down the drain over the next three years

Water meter initiative to save Scottish public sector £2.7m

Business Stream has won a contract to implement the UK's largest ever non-domestic smart water meter roll out, saving an estimated £2.7m over the next three years.

BT initiative could cut carbon footprint by 5%

BT is launching a remote smart energy management and control system across its centres, which it claims could help it reduce its carbon footprint by 5% and knock £13m off its energy bills.

CRC league table worth £734m from 2106 businesses

After a stuttering start the long awaited CRC league table was published for the first time today (November 8).

Customers willing to pay more for energy security claim IET

The vast majority of people are worried enough about energy security to be willing to pay more to guarantee it, new research reveals.

Energy providers criticised over lack of information on smart meters

The Big Six are failing to provide clear information and guidance on energy efficiency initiatives such as smart meters to consumers - making it difficult for them to make informed choices.

Huhne to beef up Ofgem to fight energy price rises

A standing ovation followed energy secretary, Chris Huhne's, announcement of energy price reforms at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham.

Boris launches £100M energy efficiency fund

London mayor, Boris Johnson has unveiled a £100M energy efficiency fund to help hundreds of public building across the capital get a green makeover.

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O2 calls on technology

The mobile phone company O2 has been recertified by the Carbon Trust - and is using technology to cut emissions.

Ecosmart tools produced by Quantum4 help retailers develop fixtures that save resources and reduce waste

Best practice the key to BCE Awards success

Diageo, Glebe Cottage, DWR Cymru Welsh Water and Quantum4 are among the winners of the BCE Awards 2010

JD Wetherspoons cuts energy cost by 7% per pub

Pubs might be going to the wall across the country but the ever reliable JD Wetherspoons is thriving economically and environmentally.

Smart meter rollout plans underway

The government published its plans for the national rollout of smart meters today (March 30).

Boris Johnson inspects the RE:FIT results at Iford Fire Station

£2.7 million for eco-makeovers in London

Fire stations, hospitals and universities will be among public buildings in London to benefit from a £2.7 million fund to improve energy efficiency.

Microgeneration consultation launches formally

The government launched a formal consultation into the Microgeneration Strategy today (December 22).

Clay Country eco-community pilot plans begin

Plans have begun for the development of an eco-community in West Carclaze/Baal, Mid Cornwall.

Meeting cuts through froth on smart grids

Everyone seems to agree that we need a smart grid, but opinions vary as to what one might actually look like.

Energy crops like miscanthus can help cut the UK's carbon emissions - but are not universally popular

UK 'could be zero carbon by 2030'

A report outlining what the UK would need to do to reach carbon neutrality over the next 20 years has been published by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

Smart meter trials begin in Ireland

Smart metering has begun in earnest in Ireland, with 6,500 households taking part in trials across the country.

US body predicts green building trends for 2010

An organisation set up to promote sustainable construction in America's Northwest has produced a 'top ten' list of emerging trends it claims will become increasingly important through 2010 and beyond.

Smart meters for every home by 2020

All homes in the UK will be fitted with electricity meters to let householders build a better picture of where they are using energy, according to the Government.

Bigger and better

Just two years since its launch Virgin Media has already become the largest of the Virgin companies, with a turnover in the billions. But, as Tom Idle discovers, the TV, internet and phone firm has taken its environmental responsibilities seriously from the start - and is determined to a stay on top of its impacts

Analysis: Conservative Party report: The Low Carbon Economy

The Conservatives have unveiled their latest environmental policy document. Tom Idle analyses the party's plans - which centre around a 'blueprint for a better energy future', and a call for an 'electricity internet'

Economies of Scale

In 12 years, the UK will have to generate seven times more energy from renewables than it does now. Microgeneration schemes offer a solution, and one that could prove lucrative for businesses and households. Ken Whittaker reports

Smart meter strengthens night-time data collection

The rules on supplying accurate leakage data are stricter than ever, and criminal offences can result. But one smart meter can provide valuable support.

Alice Springs switches to solar

A town in the middle of the sunny outback has become Australia's second "Solar City".

Traditional electricity meters could be on the way out in Ireland

Smart meters are 'Ireland's future'

Smart meters are the future for gas and electricity use in Ireland and it is a question of when - not whether - the technology will be rolled out, a leading energy expert has said.

Smart Energy GB, which runs the national advertising campaign for the rollout, responded saying that the IoD statement contains “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts”

IoD attacks 'complex and costly' smart meter rollout

The Institute of Directors has attacked the smart meter rollout for being too complex and costly, insisting the government "urgently review" the benefits of going ahead with the rollout which looks "very unlikely" to meet its 2020 target.

The report revealed that domestic electricity demand will increase by at least 30% in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol by 2035

UK's smart city transition 'essential' to combating rising energy demand

A surge in urban expansion, economic growth and the integration of new technology will lead to UK cities embracing renewable energy sources as part of a transition to smart cities, in order to cope with growing energy demand.

Balancing supply and demand

Teresa Evans, Head of Consumer Policy outlines the options.

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