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Warm weather shrivels up gas bills

Gas bills for consumers are on course to be significantly lower this year year compared with last. It’s not just because of the drop in the wholesale cost of gas which has already led to lower retail tariffs though that helps. Another reason why con...

Last updated on 01/09/2016

Storing up solutions

In the world of electricity, batteries are increasingly seen as the solution to the intermittency of renewables. A lot of work is going into to making them cheaper and more efficient. In the future arrays of batteries will store up power when the win...

Published on 28/08/2016

UK tops diesel price league

UK drivers suffer the highest diesel prices in the European Union. The average cost of a litre in July was 112. 7 pence. The lowest price was in Luxembourg at 77.7 pence per litre.The high UK diesel prices are mainly due to taxes. These made up nearl...

Published on 25/08/2016

New Belfast power station to reduce blackout risk?

Evermore Energy, the company behind the proposed 400 MW gas fired power plant in the Belfast Harbour Estate, has told an influential House of Commons committee that it intends to be operating commercially by 2019 subject to planning and financing.In ...

Published on 21/08/2016

Phew! what a scorcher

For those who believe that climate change is now under control, there was a timely warning last week from Copernicus, the EU’s earth monitoring service.Copernicus revealed that July was the hottest month the world has seen since records began in the ...

Published on 14/08/2016

NIE's electric bill

NIE has announced it wants to invest around half a billion pounds in its network. The proposed expenditure, if approved by the Energy Regulator, would take place from 2017 onwards. Over half the money is earmarked for a renewal of assets. NIE makes t...

Published on 07/08/2016

Plan to abolish price control for small business electricity market

The Energy Regulator is proposing to remove the price control which covers the supply of electricity to small businesses. Currently Power NI’s tariff for companies using up to 50 MWh a year has to be approved by the Regulator. The supplier has argued...

Published on 05/06/2016

Want some electricity? The bill is on me.

Not just free electricity. It’s even better than that. Across the water on Sunday May 8, according to energy data company @enappsys, generators paid more than £30 a MWh to be relieved of unwanted power. It’s not the first time this has happened and t...

Published on 22/05/2016

Energy market generating new stories

Perhaps it was the sunny weather but whatever the reason, there was quite a lot of energy news this week. And most of it was positive.Topping the list was the revelation that the same brothers who have created a biomass power plant at Lisahally in De...

Published on 15/05/2016

Renewables expansion fails to stop greenhouse gas growth in Ireland

Despite an expanding renewables energy sector, total energy related emissions of carbon dioxide in the Irish Republic rose last year by almost four per cent compared with the previous year. In the UK emissions fell by just under three per cent. There...

Last updated on 11/05/2016

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