Archive for the 'energy' Category

Ofgem to tackle ‘complex and unfair energy bills’ – BBC News

“Regulator Ofgem has told energy firms they must offer simpler tariffs to help consumers compare prices.”

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BBC News, 21st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Solar energy firms threaten legal action over feed-in tariffs – The Guardian

“Solar energy firms are threatening to take legal action against the government after ministers said they could stop large-scale commercial ‘solar farms’ from hoovering up a green electricity subsidy.”

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The Guardian, 7th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Landlords face fines for energy inefficiency – The Guardian

“The government is to beef up legislation forcing landlords to pay a fine if they rent properties without proper insulation.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Den Brook wind turbine challenge rejected by High Court – BBC News

“The latest legal challenge against plans for a wind farm in Devon has been rejected by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Energy Act 2010

Energy Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Legal challenge to farmer’s green scheme in Talgarth – BBC News

“A national park has launched a legal challenge against the Welsh Assembly Government after it said a green energy plant could be built on a farm.”

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BBC News, 8th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Friends of the Earth and another) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

R (Friends of the Earth and another) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2009] EWCA Civ 810; [2009] WLR (D) 276

“On an application for judicial review of the Secretary of State’s alleged failure to take steps to implement targets specified in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 and the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy, and in particular for eliminating fuel poverty ‘as far as reasonably practicable’, where the legal obligation on the Secretary of State had been defined in terms of effort and endeavour, arguments as to the desirability of the Government’s policy on the use of available money were not apt to found an argument of breach of statutory duty and judicial review, absent a rationality challenge.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ofgem fines EDF £2m for poor customer service – The Times

“Energy regulators have fined EDF energy £2 million for failing to connect new customers quickly enough.”

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The Times, 24th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Unfair’ energy bill ban proposed – BBC News

“Energy companies will be banned from charging ‘unjustified’ prices under new rules proposed by the regulator Ofgem.”

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BBC News, 23rd March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Energy Act 2008

Energy Act 2008 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Ofgem turns up pressure on energy companies over unfair pricing – The Guardian

“Energy industry regulator, Ofgem, this morning stepped up the pressure on Britain’s big six energy suppliers over unfair pricing. The regulator acknowledged the companies were on the way to stripping out up to £500m in unfair premiums for customers such as those using pre-payment meters, including many disadvantaged households, but said it wanted faster action. Today it announced that it is launching a consultation process to look at changes to the energy companies’s licences to ban unfair pricing and protect consumers.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Science paves way for climate lawsuits – The Guardian

“People affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue the oil and power companies they blame for global warming, a leading climate expert has said.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Botched biofuel legislation stalls climate change initiative – The Guardian

“The government has blown a hole in its climate change plans by misdrafting a key piece of legislation covering the introduction of ‘green’ fuel for motorists. The Department for Transport admitted last night that there was an ‘error’ in the law governing the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) and it was going to have to put it right.”

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The Guardian, 8th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Energy Act 2008

Energy Act 2008

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Planning and Energy Act 2008

Planning and Energy Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

People-power a step closer in energy bill – The Guardian

“The prospect of households with wind turbines and solar panels being able to sell power back to the national grid has come a step closer after the government tabled an amendment to a bill that would allow people to generate enough power to serve a community of more than 1,000 people.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Friends of the Earth v Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform – WLR Daily

Friends of the Earth v Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform [2008] EWHC 2518 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 333

In the absence of a rationality challenge or a demonstrated failure to implement identifiable provisions of the strategy for the reduction of fuel poverty published by the defendant Secretaries of State in accordance with the duty imposed by s 2(1) of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000, it was not open to the court to review the policy decisions of the defendants as to the way in which they should go about the implementation of the strategy, including the requirement that efforts be made to achieve the targets specified as far as reasonably practicable.”

 

WLR Daily, 29th October 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Fuel poverty campaigners lose high court bid – The Guardian

“Campaigners failed today in a high court bid to force the government to spend more to end fuel poverty.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaigners on fuel poverty await High Court result – Daily Telegraph

“Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged are awaiting the verdict of the landmark case against the Government, saying that Labour has failed in its promise to end fuel poverty for the vulnerable by 2010 and for all by 2016.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government faces fuel court case – BBC News

“Two charities are taking the government to court because they say not enough is being done to tackle high energy bills.”

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BBC News, 6th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Secrecy law change to help pensioners – The Independent

“The Government is planning to reform data protection laws so pensioners in fuel poverty can be contacted directly and offered help, it was announced today.”

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The Independent, 30th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court action over pensioners’ fuel poverty – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers are today accused of breaking a legally-binding promise to help pensioners pay for soaring fuel bills.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

National Grid handed record £41.6m fine for ‘restrictive’ contracts – The Times

“National Grid, the gas and power infrastructure company, has been fined a record £41.6 million by Ofgem, the energy market watchdog, for restricting competition in the market for domestic gas meters.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Watchdog launches investigation into energy prices – The Times

“Ofgem, the energy regulator, is launching an investigation into the electricity and gas market as the row over the record profits announced today by British Gas-owner Centrica reached fever pitch.”

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The Times, 21st February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

British Energy wins fight to keep power station – The Times

“British Energy looks set to keep control of Eggborough, its last remaining coal-fired power station, after a court blocked a proposed takeover plan organised by the investment bank Credit Suisse.”

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The Times, 7th February 2008
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regulator rules out energy probe – BBC News

“Energy regulator Ofgem has said that it has no concerns about anti-competitive behaviour in the UK, despite consumers bracing themselves for rising bills.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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