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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?

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"

Thought that the company's announcement will herald a series of rises among the other Big Six UK energy suppliers

Energy giant SSE raises gas and electricity

Energy giant SSE was engaged in a war of words with ministers after announcing it was raising gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households

Power struggle is in the wind

TWO more public inquiries are set to be held early in the New Year as decision-making gathers pace on the plethora of wind farm developments proposed across Northumberland.

Family always comes first

Lynne Edwards’ job may sound like the business. But despite being a high-flier, her feet are firmly on the ground when it come to family responsibilities.

PEOPLE living in North Tyneside are to benefit from a not for profit organisation launched in the borough with the support of North Tyneside Council, Scottish Power, Northern Gas Networks and Defra’s Community Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF).

The North Tyneside Warm Zone project is officially underway as the team secured an additional £270,000 of CEEF funding for year one of the three year project.

Explain sales rising

MARKET research company Explain is heading for a 50% rise in sales this year thanks to expansion driven partly by rises in interest rates.

Erica finds her niche in marketing role

ERICA Phillips has been promoted from administration assistant to marketing officer at Gateshead Warm Zone in just over a year.

Free insulation saves hundreds of pounds in bills

THERE are a number of measures you can take around your home to make it more energy efficient and reduce your carbon emissions.

Newcastle Warm Zone: warmer homes for all

Residents who want to save energy, save money and do their bit for the environment can turn for help to Newcastle Warm Zone.

Wind turbine course generates big interest

College bosses have been blown over by a staggering demand for places on a pioneering course offering training in how to build and maintain wind turbines.

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Tidal power trials

Tidal power pioneers in the North-East yesterday set out their stall in the "green" battle with wind farms.

Councils are in two minds over turbines

Planners at two neighbouring councils could soon be at loggerheads over a bid to develop a major wind farm next to one of Northumberland's biggest employers.

Energy, trains and food are all under spotlight

Two of the UK's biggest energy suppliers will be in the spotlight this week, alongside results from a major food production company.

Scottish Power brings in cuts at last

Scottish Power caught up with rival energy suppliers after unveiling price cuts.

British Gas slashes bills for second time

British Gas owner Centrica cut prices for a second time this year, with electricity tariffs falling by 6% and gas bills down by 3%.

Wind-rush of ill will and bills

As the pace of wind-farm development in the North-East gathers momentum, reporter Robert Brooks looks at the complexities of the planning system surrounding three schemes in the region.

Go North East


Newcastle-based transport group Go-Ahead is on track for bumper results; too many workers are having unhealthy lunches at their desk; and British Gas owners Centrica have cut prices.

New price cut by British Gas

British Gas owner Centrica today cut prices for a second time this year, with electricity tariffs falling by 6% and gas bills down by 3%.


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