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Power demand met by wind turbines

Power generated by wind turbines has met the demand for electricity in the north and north east of Scotland for the first time.

The Press and Journal has reported that the renewable energy source successfully powered every home and every business in Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness at one time over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Energy minister Jim Mather told the news provider that the news was a key step in Scotland's bid to achieving its world-leading climate change targets.

Four energy companies face mis-selling probe

Four of the "big six" UK energy suppliers are to be investigated amid concerns of mis-selling to customers, the regulator has announced.

Npower, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern Energy, and EDF Energy all face questions over face-to-face and telephone sales of energy contracts.

Ofgem said it had received information from a variety of sources suggesting they could have breached new rules.

The quartet said they would work with Ofgem on the investigation.

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Delays to energy projects a Uk business group has warned

UK business group the CBI is warning that changing the country’s planning system could lead to further delays to energy projects.

Under the current system, the CBI has identified 37 power plant projects, equivalent to 17.5 GW, which are still awaiting Government approval.

Some of the projects, which include gas- and coal fired power stations, on- and off-shore wind farms, biomass, wave and tidal projects, have been waiting three years for a decision.

Green taxes awaiting businesses

Thousands of British businesses will be liable for significant fines and charges under a new government “green tax” scheme.

Companies that fail to register their energy use by next month will be hit with fines that could reach £45,000 under the little-known rules.

Those that do participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) initiative by declaring their energy use will face charges for every ton of greenhouse gas they produce.

Business Energy rates expected to rise by 5% next year

Domestic and business energy prices are expected to increase next year, the Bank of England has warned.

Taking into consideration inflation, the central bank predicted that gas prices would rise by five per cent or more in early 2011, putting further pressure on homes and businesses, reports the Press Association.

The price hike is also being attributed to a rise in wholesale gas prices, which energy suppliers will be under pressure to pass on to customers

CBI asks for the government to make a decision on Business Energy

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has asked the government to take on board several key energy and planning reforms.  Which are needed to allow British companies to make commitments on Business Energy.

In its No Time To Lose: Deciding Britain's Energy Future report, the business group warned that £150 billion of planned private sector investment in low-carbon initiatives would fail without clearer government policy.

Deputy director-general of the CBI John Cridland said the government "must not let the timetable for energy and planning reform slip".

Businesses facing a wave of new green taxes

Companies that fail to register their energy use by next month will be hit with fines that could reach £45,000 under the little-known rules.

Those that do participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) initiative by declaring their energy use will face charges for every ton of greenhouse gas they produce.

These payments are expected to average £38,000 a year for medium-sized firms, and could reach £100,000 for larger organisations.

Business Energy bills could rise

With the resent rise in the wholesale gas price could see Business electricity and business gas prices rise.

Ecomonic consultacy firm Neva revealed the wholesale gas market has increase by 32% so far this year.  The rise will translate in a hike in price for Business Energy users reports reuters.

Renewable energy could lead to blackouts a new report says

Britain could face years of blackouts and rising electricity bills because of a growing dependence on renewable energy, according to an expert.

Derek Birkett, a former Grid Control Engineer with more than 20 years experience in electricity supply, warned that the cost of the problem could equal that of the banking crisis.

He said renewable energy targets were "dangerous illusions" which will result in consumers having to pay more for their power.

The Government cuts £34 million in low Carbon Tech Programme

Details of £34m of cuts on low-carbon technology were published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) todayas part of £6.2bn savings across Whitehall.

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