Blog > November 2011


Lowering energy use will not be achieved by infrastructure alone

Tuesday 29th November 2011

The past week has seen some significant announcements in the energy sector: Ofgem has announced a £10.7 million smart grid trial in the North West; the first UK Power Networks’ smart meter trial is kicking off in London with 5,000 smart meters to be installed...

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Newsnight showdown: why simplifying energy bills is key

Thursday 24th November 2011

Energy price rises were firmly in the spotlight on yesterday’s Newsnight. The programme questioned whether household tariffs are tracking wholesale prices, highlighting the growing need for simplification in the market and decreasing consumer trust. The programme...

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We need smarter homes, not just smarter meters

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

A recent article on analysed the smart meter sector and the numerous technology challenges the smart meter rollout presents, in light of the DECC’s published tenders for smart metering technology. The piece highlights how putting the spotlight...

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Do energy suppliers need to be more like supermarkets?

Friday 18th November 2011

McKinsey recently released a report [requires log in], “Winning the battle for the home of the future”, that looks at the long-term trends in the home that energy suppliers need to address. In particular the report analyses how existing and potential energy...

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Government makes clear - smart meter roll out must deliver on its promises to consumers

Tuesday 15th November 2011

This month the Public Accounts Committee at Parliament discussed the plans for the UK’s smart meter roll out. In a wide-ranging session, perhaps the most startling statement to arise was from the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Energy and Climate...

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Energy users need better information to reduce demand in face of rising costs

Thursday 10th November 2011

On Monday the BBC screened a Panorama special report analysing the rising energy costs in the UK. The programme primarily looked at how government subsidies for renewable energy may be contributing to these rises. The Guardian's environment blog has pointed...

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The smart home: Energy and the ‘customer experience’

Tuesday 8th November 2011

Last week we attended the CSI Multimedia Home Gateways conference in London. Our COO Chris Shelley joined a panel to debate ‘the smart home’, alongside executives from BT and the Home Grid Forum. The day was an interesting experience, following the views...

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Smart meters aren’t just about accurate billing

Thursday 3rd November 2011

Last week the Daily Mirror reported on a bar owner in Leeds who received an electricity bill from British Gas for £72,000 after being undercharged by their meter for five years. After complaints from the bar owner that this was in error British Gas subsequently...

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Spiralling energy prices are hitting small businesses hard

Tuesday 1st November 2011

Last week, research by the Forum of Private Business revealed that spiralling inflation is continuing to hit small businesses hard, with runaway energy costs impacting the most. Rising prices, energy or otherwise, is a worrying trend for most small...

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