Scotland heads for 30%

Scotland’s recently released “Renewables Routemap” has been developed with some challenging targets in mind, including supplying 100% of electricity demand equivalent from renewables by 2020.


CRC reporting deadline for UK companies

More than 90% of UK businesses taking part in the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme have submitted their first carbon reports to the Environment Agency.

The CRC scheme requires large energy users in the business and public sector to monitor record and report on their carbon emissions.


According to the Agency, a total of 4295 reports out of an expected 4549 report were received by the deadline.

npower has revealed new research that shows over half of small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) have no measures in place to monitor energy efficiency, despite many of them seeking ways to manage the bottom line in tough economic conditions.

NPower jacks up energy bills – even though profits double

Energy giant NPower sparked fury yesterday by jacking up bills 3.3 million customers – despite doubling its profits. The company announced plans to raise gas prices by 16% and charge 7% more for electricity after banking £307 million in the first half of the year.

The firm blamed rising wholesale prices for the increase which will add £134 to the average dual fuel bill, taking it to £1,289. Owned by Germany’s RWE, NPower is the fifth of the Big Six to announce price rises and bosses pointed out that the increase does not kick in until October 1.

Future energy risks are ‘top threat’ to UK organizations

Energy risk – particularly in terms of security of supply and supply costs - has been identified as the top threat that major business energy users are facing. Added to this, many believe that it is the government’s responsibility to help reduce instability through funding for self generation projects and demand management tools to bridge the supply gap and keep the nation’s lights on.

These were some of the key findings of the npower Business Energy Index (nBEI), an annual report tracking business opinion on energy use, energy risk and carbon emissions, published on 18th July.

Online guide to help SMEs manage business energy

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could benefit from a new scheme launched by the Carbon Trust to help motivate them to reduce their business energy.

The organisation has set up an online guide to help SMEs manage their emissions. This could lead to them attaining the Carbon Trust Standard.

It is important SMEs understand the benefits of reducing their business energy, and the opportunities using new technology can create.