The week ahead in business: results expected from easyJet and Centrica

Low-cost airline easyJet is set to deliver another round of strong figures in a week when the City will also get updates from Royal Mail and Centrica

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Energy efficiency will be the priority for future UK Governments

With prices continuing to rise and demand set to double households and businesses are being encouraged to using energy in a more efficient way

Claims made about the sustainability of fuel and the amount we pay for them have caused a stir among those concerned with heating people's homes

Fuel bills too high? Not according to Newcastle University academics

After months of criticism of the Big Six energy companies for putting bills up, a study by Newcastle University academics has said they are, in fact, too low

British Gas

British gas contract lifts G4S Utility and Outsourcing Services turnover

A £150m contract with British Gas has helped a North Tyneside-based data-handling firm 4GS generate a growth in turnover of 11.2%

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey

Anger over rising UK energy bills set to be stoked by gas profit

Anger over rising energy bills is likely to be stoked next week with profit figures from British Gas owner Centrica, while BAE Systems is also due to report

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

UK energy firms see their reputations plunge to a new low

A new low in customer satisfaction with gas and electricity suppliers has revealed "the failings of a broken energy market", according to consumer group Which?

Ofgem has warned gas and electricity suppliers

Outgoing British Gas boss defends UK energy providers

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, Sir Roger Carr sets out a robust defence of the industry and said investor confidence was being damaged by "political rhetoric"

Profits are up at the big six energy firms

Big six UK energy firms' profits up to £1bn plus

The profits made by the Big Six energy firms in supplying British households have multiplied five-fold to more than £1 billion since 2009, according to figures from regulator Ofgem

Ofgem has warned gas and electricity suppliers

Ofgem issues warning to UK energy firms

Britain's energy regulator has warned gas and electricity suppliers it is keeping a close eye on their activities after a series of tariff hikes left consumers "frustrated and angry"

British Gas's energy monitor, the 'pebble'

A smarter way to help slash energy bills in the North East

With rising electricity bills at the top of the political agenda Peter McCusker reports on a £54m North East project aimed at helping business and domestic customers to use energy in a smarter way

British Gas

Centrica shelves plans for gas storage projects

Concerns about Britain's energy security were fuelled yesterday after British Gas owner Centrica shelved plans worth more than £1.5bn for two gas storage projects

British Gas

British Gas owner Centrica hints at more price rises

Centrica warned that a new duty to pay for energy efficiency in customers' homes, which has cost it £1.4bn, would “inevitably impact on customer bills ultimately“

British Gas

UK companies prepare to post half-year figures

British Gas parent company Centrica is likely to generate further anger over its profits when it announces half-year results on Wednesday

Minister Greg Barker during his visit to Lemmington

£200m fuel poverty green plan launched for North East

A multi-million pound energy efficiency makeover is planned for homes in the North East to tackle fuel poverty

Centrica buys shale gas share exploration area

BRITISH Gas owner Centrica has bought a stake in a shale gas exploration area worth tens of millions of pounds.

Gillian Orrell, Transition Tynedale volunteer who is campaigning for the Hexham River Hydro scheme by jumping into the Tyne

Hexham hydro-electricity scheme shelved due to rise in costs

ACOMMUNITY project to generate green electricity by harnessing the power of a fast-flowing Northumberland river has been shelved because of a massive rise in costs.

North's electric plans accelerate

A REGIONAL drive to become a global hub for electric cars today moves up a gear with a multi-million pound boost for a charging network.

FA trophy

NEWCASTLE Blue Star are hoping centre-half Steve Baker will come through a late fitness test and take his place in a full strength side for this afternoon’s FA Trophy clash against Sutton Coldfield Town at Kingston Park.

Teaser, stock market

Friday lunchtime's business news

Betting compensates bingo losses / British Gas hints at bills increase / 20% of UK workers use hobbies to boost income

Teaser: Coal

Coal's great comeback?

MILLIONS of tonnes of coal beneath the North-East could once again power the UK if the Government backed new technology, according to council leaders.


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