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  • Global Wind Day 2017: Discover the power of wind energy

    Global Wind Day

    Global Wind Day is observed across the world every year on the 15 June to raise awareness of the role of wind power in reshaping our energy systems, decarbonising our economies and boosting growth and jobs.

    Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in addition to a number of national associations, which seeks to introduce people to the power of wind energy and its numerous benefits.

    In the EU alone, the wind industry installed more than gas and coal combined last year with enough cumulative installed capacity to meet 11.4 per cent of the region’s electricity demand, enough energy to power 87 million households.

    In 2016, wind accounted for 44 per cent of all new power installations in Europe and, today, onshore wind energy is the continent’s cheapest form of new power generation.

    By 2030, wind could serve a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs and be the backbone of Europe’s energy system, according to WindEurope.

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  • Cyber Attacks

    Our computers and systems seem to be constantly at threat, but as users we can do something to prevent threats and viruses.

    Here are just a few tips :

    • Always use common sense. If your instinct warns you about something suspicious, stop and proceed cautiously.
    • Use antivirus software and update it whenever possible.
    • Update your operating system to its latest version.
    • Do not trust emails sent from suspicious addresses.
    • Do not open attached files without running an antivirus scan. If the risk is too high, do not open the email or delete it.
    • Avoid downloading files from unknown websites. You should always download them from official websites.

     

     

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  • Smart Energy Meters

    Conservatives won't make smart energy meters compulsory if they retain power

    The Conservatives' election manifesto pledges not to make smart energy meters compulsory, in a big change to previous policy.

     

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      The installation of smart energy meters in over three-quarters of households by 2020 will be scrapped if the Conservative Party wins the General Election, the party's manifesto says.

      It's a policy change that will save £11 billion, but rather than shout about it the Conservatives have buried it in the middle of their massive manifesto document.

      Turn to page 60 of the Tory manifesto and you’ll see a fairly innocuous sentence: “everyone will be offered a smart meter by 2020”.

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  • Does having a smart meter installed actually add to your energy costs?

    With the development of the smart meter, and the Government’s decision to ensure that each home in the UK has such a meter installed by 2020, we have naturally heard lots of positive things about how much money households will save on their energy bills. Read More...
  • How to safely install your new electricity meter

    Electricity meters have a vital role in any home or business as they are designed to accurately measure your electricity consumption and communicate this to both the building owner and also to the energy provider. Read More...
  • OFGEM Hands Out Fines To The Unethical Energy Giants

    Although widely criticised today, pressure selling techniques have long been in practice across the world of business and the latest revelations in the worlds news shows that it is the turn of the energy sector to take the heat. Read More...
  • The Smart Solution to Managing Meter Reading Data

    Smart meters are the latest technological advancement for the energy sector, but what do they mean to us as consumers and how do the energy companies themselves benefit from the use of them? Read More...
  • Are energy companies supportive of alternate energy sources?

    OFGEM, the energy market regulator, has proposed reforms to the country’s power grid operations by adding more sources of renewable energy. However the major players are not in unison about the means of achieving this. Read More...
  • How effective will the regulators investigations into energy costs be?

    Consumers are waiting with bated breaths for the Competition and Markets Authority to launch a full scale investigation into Britain’s electricity and gas industry, amid soaring energy costs and a phenomenal rise in corporate profits, which has left consumers losing faith in the big six energy giants of the country. Read More...
  • Energy Companies Roll-out of Smart Meters: A benefit?

    The rise in energy bills is always a hot topic. Many consumers have seen increases of hundreds of pounds to their monthly outgoings, a price some simply cannot afford. The elderly and young families are most at risk, with research suggesting that people are sacrificing areas like food to make up for the hike in energy prices. Some people resort to not having their heating on in winter months – another worrying concern. Read More...

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