The Week in Energy & Environment 19/12/2018

Energy plans may cut £45 a year from bills

Energy regulator Ofgem is proposing to cut consumers’ bills by £45 a year from 2021, largely by reducing the rate of returns to investors.

EU coal subsidy phase-out ‘completely inconsistent with Paris deal’

An EU deal to slowly phase out coal subsidies is “completely inconsistent” with the bloc’s Paris climate agreement commitments, analysts say.

UK households pick up £80m bill left over from failed energy firms

Towns and cities are being plunged into darkness as councils turn off street lights to save money.

Eighth small energy firm goes bust this year

Last week OneSelect became the eighth energy minnow to go bust in 2018, leaving its 36,000 customers in limbo.

Thousands could miss out on £25 towards winter electricity bills due to location

Temperature readings for cold weather payments are taken from nearby weather stations, but in some cases they could be miles away from where you live

Packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme

Retailers and producers of packaging will be forced to pay the full cost of collecting and recycling it under the government’s new waste strategy.

SSE pulls plug on Npower merger

Two of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers have scrapped their planned merger, blaming the government’s price cap and tough competition for rendering the proposed new company unviable.

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