The Week in Energy & Environment 05/12/2018

New rules prevent environmental court actions being ‘prohibitively expensive’ to the public

Following a request from the Scottish government, new rules have been published which aim to enhance access to justice by preventing court actions relating to the environment being “prohibitively expensive” to members of the public.

Costs set to increase for homes and businesses generating own energy

Ofgem said it is consulting on reforms to the £9 billion-a-year charges for the UK’s energy network to ensure the costs are ‘shared fairly’.

Spark Energy becomes seventh energy company to go bust this year

Spark Energy has become the seventh energy company to cease trading this year, leaving 290,000 customers without a provider.

EDF Energy targets solar homes with discounted battery offer

EDF Energy is to target the UK’s solar households with a discounted offer of battery units from Powervault in exchange for them signing up to a ten year contract allowing the supplier to use the storage capacity in the energy services market.

Banning plastics ‘could cause more damage to planet’

A group of 40 academics from Heriot-Watt University say arguments on a reduction or ban of plastics are ‘often shortsighted and not based on facts’.

Environment Secretary Gove sets out proposals for ‘greener developments’

Government proposals to “place the environment at the heart of new development” have been unveiled by Defra secretary of state Michael Gove.

British Gas customers outraged after being charged up to three times more than new customers for boiler breakdown insurance

British Gas has been charging loyal customers up to £500 more for boiler cover – here’s how to make sure you’re not overpaying.


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