Solar energy storage systems secure reduced VAT rate
Householders installing a storage system to integrate with a newly-purchased solar photovoltaic systems have been greeted with a reduced VAT of 5%, after the Solar Trade Association (STA) provided evidence to the HMRC.
Ikea offers home energy storage systems alongside solar panels
Ikea has partnered with renewable energy firm Solarcentury to launch a new domestic battery storage solution that could help to double the amount of solar energy used by UK households and reduce electricity bills by 70%.
Ofgem condemned for slashing subsidies for small-scale energy generation
Energy regulator Ofgem has faced accusations of "hammering" the financial viability of low-carbon projects, after it confirmed subsidies made to small-scale electricity generators will fall by up to 93%.
Green Deal loan scheme relaunches
The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has relaunched financing streams for households to improve the energy efficiency of a building through a number of providers and installers, for the first time since July 2015.
New energy labels for appliances seen as boon for consumers
The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save money and cut energy consumption while helping the bloc reduce overall carbon emissions.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
The risks and rewards of brokers
As the non-domestic retail water market opens on April 1, brokers are anticipating a boom in business. edie sister title Utility Week has provided an in-depth guide to the utility broker market as it stands, and considers how it is likely to change after market opening.
Report: Businesses could be overpaying £500m on energy bills
UK businesses could be losing out on more than £500m in inaccurate charges and miscalculated utility bills, according to new research.
Can UK plc set the pace on energy?
As faith in government continues to nosedive and with the triple threat of rising prices, interruption to energy supply and climate change, edie asks, is it going to be up to UK business to solve the energy crisis and keep the lights on?
Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs
MPs have criticised ministers for their "shambolic" failure to regularly spell out the impact of government green policies on household energy bills.
SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product
Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy has launched the UK's first independently certified 100% renewable electricity product for businesses.
Is the UK set for a Green Deal resurrection?
The Green Deal Finance Company and its assets have been bought by Aurium Capital Markets and Greenstone Finance for an undisclosed sum.
Demand response offers 'positive PR' for business energy management
The author of a new report which investigates the benefits of using demand-response measures to strengthen Britain's energy system has told edie that businesses can "quite easily" use the technology to reduce energy bills and improve green credentials.
An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid
Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
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.
'State of flux': Hinkley alternatives would be cheaper and simpler, ECIU finds
The UK could meet its future energy and climate change targets without constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and the continued development of renewables and energy efficiency measures would in fact work out cheaper, a major new report has found.
UK Governments have succeeded on renewables but failed on energy security, say business leaders
British energy policy since the turn of the century has been successful in increasing the use of renewables and reducing carbon, but has failed on delivering secure and competitively-priced energy, a poll of nearly 1,000 business directors has found.
UK mortgaging the future by scrapping zero-carbon homes, says ECCC chair Angus MacNeil
The chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) has warned that the UK government's failure to build new homes that are energy efficient will see future generations dealing with our costly mistakes.
'Neglected' Green Deal failed on energy savings, report finds
The UK Government's recently-folded Green Deal scheme to insulate and provide on-site renewable generation to homes delivered just 30% of what predecessor schemes achieved in terms of carbon reductions, a new report has found.
Brexit would cause 'electric shock' for energy costs, warns Amber Rudd
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has today (24 March) warned that leaving the European Union would see energy costs 'rocket' by £500m as well as depleting investor confidence.
Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds
Nearly one in five fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and other household gadgets guzzle more energy than advertised according to a three-year survey of Europe's home appliance industry.
Chancellor urged to invest public money in renewable energy
Building more renewable energy capacity with public money would cost less than the current subsidy regime in the UK, a new analysis has found, despite government claims that subsidies are too expensive.
Could this 'Zero Bills' home galvanise a troubled housing sector?
An innovative new housing prototype that incorporates roof-integrated solar photovoltaics and air-source heat pumps as an energy storage system has been unveiled, with the designers claiming that the building will make domestic energy bills 'obsolete'.
Most electrical goods bought online have misleading energy labels, study finds
Most electrical goods bought online have either been given a misleading energy label or none at all, according to a three-year survey across eleven European countries.
UK government moves to ease energy supply fears
The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.
Scotland spends to save with LED streets funding boost
Nearly one-third of Scotland's streets will be LED-lit by April 2017 as local councils have announced that a further £56m will be invested in a nationwide lighting replacement programme over the next 12 months.
Energy firms slash green gas prices
Green energy providers Ecotricity and Good Energy have cut their gas bills by 7% and 7.2% respectively in the wake of falling wholesale prices.
Government must replace zero carbon homes standard, warns STA
The Government urgently needs to replace the scrapped Zero Carbon Homes policy to avoid locking in higher carbon emissions and higher energy bills for occupants for decades to come, the Solar Trade Association warned today.
National Infrastructure Commission sees energy storage as 'key part' of UK energy future
The head of the newly-established National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has revealed he considers energy storage a key part of Britain's future energy network.
Include energy efficiency ratings in mortgage calculations, urges UKGBC
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new project aiming to encourage mortgage lenders to include energy efficiency ratings in their calculations.
Fossil fuels receive four times as many subsidies as renewables, report finds
G20 Governments collectively handed out $452bn in subsidies for fossil fuels in both 2013 and 2014 - four times the amount allocated globally for renewables.
British public eager for Green Deal replacement
Up to 84% of the British public would like to see subsidies given to programmes that reduce energy waste, according to a new poll by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing
A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.
Subsidy cuts threaten £369m of community energy projects
Up to 90% of community energy developers across the UK say that proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) would put their current projects at risk.
Tate goes modern with rooftop solar system
The Tate Modern art gallery has unveiled a brand new rooftop solar array that will start generating power next week.
GE to 'transform energy sector' with $1bn cleantech start-up
American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has launched a new clean energy start-up, grouping together its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses.
Majority of UK electricity wasted before reaching households, report finds
The UK loses 54% of its electric energy - worth £9.5bn and enough to cover half of every household's annual electricity bill - before it even reaches end users, according to a new report.
Wales welcomes UK's first solar-powered theme park
GreenWood Forest Park in North Wales is set to save over £1m on its energy bills thanks to a newly installed ground-mounted solar array system.
Restaurateurs 'lack tools and knowledge to save energy', survey reveals
Three-quarters of restaurant owners, managers and chefs claim they do not have the tools and knowledge to implement green initiatives at their establishments, despite 80% considering sustainability when making business decisions.
Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.
Bristol saves £1m a year from 20,000 upgraded streetlights
A change of bulbs in 20,000 streetlamps in Bristol has seen the council save £1m a year on energy bills, reducing C02 emissions by 4,000 tonnes in the process.
More efficient gaming PC's could save $18bn
Simply upgrading a few core components in gaming PCs could save enough energy to stop the construction of 40 500MW power plants, a new study has claimed.
Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders
Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.
On-site solutions will help manufacturers weather energy-price storm, says EEF
EXCLUSIVE: On-site solutions such as rooftop solar panels and anaerobic digestion (AD) will be vital tools for businesses looking to secure future energy supply and lower energy bills.
Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes
A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.
Barnsley launches UK's largest community rooftop solar scheme
Barnsley residents are being invited to invest in a £10m solar rooftop community energy scheme - the largest of its kind in the UK.
Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels
New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.
Sheffield heat meter pilot saves locals £238 on heating bills
A trial of heat meters in 227 council homes in Sheffield has cut heating bills by approximately £238 per house.
Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales
Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.
London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses
The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.
Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions
President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.
Lord Bourne: Green policy shake-up necessary to curb energy bills
EXCLUSIVE: After a flurry of shock green policy announcements, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says such drastic changes were needed to drive down consumer bills.
Business leaders unite against Tories' zero-carbon homes U-turn
More than 200 businesses have put their names to a letter today (20 July) calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reconsider ending the Government's plans for zero-carbon homes.
Energy storage and interconnectors offer best route to decabarbonisation, says policy expert
Britain should drop its focus on nuclear power and carbon capture and storage (CCS) and refocus spending on optimising renewables and energy efficiency, a leading academic has urged.
Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability
As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.
DECC awards £6m to heat network innovators
Nine heat network projects from across the UK will receive a share of £6m as part of a competition run by the Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Metal manufacturer targets £170,000 solar savings
A UK metalwork manufacturer expects to save £170,000 on its energy bills after installing a 28.5kWp solar PV array on the roof of its Leicestershire factory.
VIDEO: Nissan converts Leaf batteries into commercial energy storage
Used Nissan Leaf batteries will form the basis of commercial energy storage systems, under a new deal between the Japanese carmaker and energy storage provider Green Charge Networks.
Green policy costs hitting poorest households hardest
The cost of green energy and low-carbon policies are hitting low-income groups hardest, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Construction leaders urge Osborne to see business case for cutting emissions
More than 50 business leaders from the construction industry have written an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne, highlighting the 'major economic opportunity' offered by cutting emissions from the built environment.
Half of businesses expect ESOS to cost more than it saves
Almost half the businesses covered by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more money than they will save on energy bills, according to a new survey.
Wyke Farms: Our green journey
This presentation demonstrates how Wyke Farms identified resource risks in its supply chain and made the changes needed to guarantee operational resilience, with practical examples including costs vs pay-back, business drivers, and lessons learned.
IEA Report: Energy Technology Perspectives 2015
Energy technology innovation is central to meeting climate mitigation goals while also supporting economic and energy security objectives.
Environmental taxes will make up a third of business energy bills by 2050
EXCLUSIVE: The proportion of a business' energy bill that comes from the energy itself will drop below 50% by 2050, according to an expert speaker at Sustanability Live.
Edie explains: Electricity Market Reform
The cost of the Government's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) landed on some electricity bills for the first time in April, undoubtedly prompting surprise for some, as around 15% of business weren't aware of the policy at all.
Government's low-carbon policies pose jobs threat for food and drink sector
More than a quarter of UK food and drink manufacturers could cut jobs and freeze recruitment thanks to rising energy costs, according to an Npower poll.
St Andrews targets carbon neutrality with £25m biomass facility
St Andrews University has secured funding for a new £25 million biomass plant and heat distribution network in Guardbridge, Fife.
Government announces 'roaming' solar Feed-in Tariff
Businesses will soon be able to take solar panels with them when they relocate without losing subsidies, the Government has announced today.
Failing energy policy costing UK firms millions, says TUC
The government has not done enough to help UK businesses improve their energy efficiency, claims a new report released Friday by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC).
Straw houses could unlock potential for ultra-low-carbon homes
Straw panels have been used to build seven eco-homes in Bristol in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90% over that of brick-built housing.
Winning bidders announced for Britain's first 'energy efficiency auction'
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today (4 February) awarded 18 organisations £1.28m to help them reduce peak electricity demand, as part of the UK's first ever Energy Demand Reduction (EDR) auction.
Business leaders 'value' transport infrastructure more than waste
Business executives and urban policymakers across the world place more value on transport infrastructure than waste management services, according to a new report from FCC.
MPs urged to back Zero Carbon Homes
MPs have been urged to back new amendments to the Infrastructure Bill which would beef up carbon emissions standards for newly built homes.
Majority of businesses now aware of ESOS, says Decc
The Department for Energy & Climate Change (Decc) has insisted it is doing all it can to raise awareness of the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite more industry research suggesting businesses are still not informed enough.
30 years of energy efficiency, 14 fewer power stations for UK
Improved energy efficiency has helped the UK avoid building 14 new power stations according to a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).
REA champions solar and storage with two new trade bodies
The Renewable Energy Assocation (REA) has launched two new industry bodies - UK Solar and UK Energy Storage - to support the growth and integration of both sectors across the country.
EU agrees new energy measures for household appliances
New energy efficiency measures have been brought in by the European Union (EU) with the aim of helping reduce energy consumption in 2015.
£393m: B&Q reveals the true cost of Christmas
The festive season could see the nation's annual energy bill rise by nearly £393m, according to new research from B&Q and the Energy Saving Trust.
Government revives Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with £30m investment
Today (10 December), the Government has re-opened its flagship Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures.
Energy efficiency 'vital' in offsetting rise in business energy costs
The industrial and commercial sectors could see a 30-45% increase on energy bills to 2030, according to latest projections from the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
AD will help keep the UK's lights on, says Huhne
Anaerobic digestion (AD) will help the UK to keep its lights on and provide energy security because it has the ability to supply power that can be easily switched on and off, according to former energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Crowdfunding platform to energise community renewables
UK ethical investment platform Abundance has launched a new service to encourage communities to invest in local renewable energy projects.
EDF installs efficiency measures in 144,000 UK homes
Big six energy giant EDF Energy has achieved government efficiency targets three months ahead of schedule by successfully implementing energy saving measures in 144,000 UK homes.
Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV
The STA analysis shows that the cost reduction of large-scale solar will occur more rapidly than DECC’s costs have shown: a 33% drop in costs to 2020, with a further 11% reduction in the period 2020–2030. While individual technology cost is not the only consideration in developing efficient low-carbon electricity systems, this reduction would indicate that solar PV is cheaper than gas (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine or CCGT) by 2018, five years earlier than DECC suggest. It also implies that solar PV becomes cheaper than the wholesale electricity price between 2025 and 2028 – grid parity.
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.
Edie explains: Feed-in Tariffs
In this week's 'edie explains' we take a look at the renewables subsidy Feed in Tariffs (FiTs). Although the small-scale focus of the scheme means it's very popular for domestic buildings, it can also benefit many SMEs.
Opening bell for Europe's largest crowd-funded solar project
Ethical investment platform Abundance is offering businesses and individuals the opportunity to invest in what would be Europe's largest crowd-funded solar project to date.
EU investment will connect UK to European energy grids
The EU has invested €75m in the UK energy infrastructure, including €40m to help secure the UK's energy supply by connecting it to other European grids.
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.
New Street station keeps Birmingham on track with CO2 reduction targets
Network Rail is embarking upon a joint project to install 1.5km district heating pipe-work to supply excess heat from Birmingham New Street station to offices and other buildings in the city.
Manufacturing: powering the economy - an agenda for Government to 2020
EEF is calling on all parties to put delivering a long-term growth strategy at the top of their agenda for government. This should build on existing sector industry strategies, adding a strategic approach to working across government.
Ikea kitchens help sell insulation to Dutch - and UK could be next
Dutch consortia Energiesprong could give zero carbon retrofits to social homes across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved.
Ed Davey gives Green Deal £100m cash injection
Household energy efficiency has been given a £100m boost with a funding add-on for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
Energy report: Business wants affordability over sustainability
Four out of five business leaders say energy affordability is important to their company, nearly twice the amount that prioritised a low-carbon economy.
£9.4m on offer for green heat technologies
The Government has launched two new low-carbon heating schemes for developers and local councils in a bid to reduce dependency on costly, imported gas.
Solar industry calls for decisive Government action to unlock 60GW potential
New data released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) shows that backing British solar power will boost jobs, drive economic growth and dramatically reduce the UK's overall energy bill.
Labour Conference: Miliband prioritises green economy in 10-year plan
Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to create one million green jobs as part of a 10-year plan to make Britain a global leader in clean technology and renewable energy.
Scottish independence: Kill or cure for future renewable developments?
Ahead of the vote to decide Scotland's future as part of - or apart from - the United Kingdom, edie investigates what might happen to the nation's renewable sector if it does strike out as an independent country.
'Hasty politics' forces insulation firm to axe 670 jobs
One of the UK's largest insulation installers, Mark Group, has confirmed that it is to cut up to a quarter of its UK staff, prompting calls for political parties to put their differences aside and focus on stabilising the energy industry.