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December 2015 Monthly Archive

December 17, 2015

The First Energy Supplier to Cut Prices in 2016 is...

Pre-pay Energy Supplier, Utilita Energy, are the first supplier to announce that it is cutting its gas prices in the New Year. Utilita Energy have had three price decreases since the beginning of January 2015.

The latest price cut will benefit quarter of a million pre-payment customers. The average customer will see a further 3.54% price reduction coming into effect on 1st January 2016.

Utilita Energy customers have experienced a 9.54% reduction in 12 months - amounting to an average saving of £62.98 for customers.

Utilita Energy CEO, Bill Bullen, said of the announcement:

"Britain's families - and in particular the elderly - are hard-pressed as it is this time of year and so we will do everything we can to help them. Our customers are entitled to this further cut quite simply because wholesale oil markets continue to fall - our view is if we pay less, we'll always aim to ensure our customers pay less too.

Our Price Commitment is incredibly important to us; since 2008 we have been committed to doing our best to ensure our prices remain cheaper than the Big Six for pre-payment customers - because heat and light are a necessity, not a luxury.
We have maintained that commitment for seven years and we'll aim to continue to do so. Giving our customers the best - and fairest - deals we can remains at the heart of everything we do.

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Posted on December 17, 2015 at 02:40 PM

December 11, 2015

Paris: Climate Summit 2015

COP 21 - the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties - has seen more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the threat of dangerous warming due to human activities.

Negotiations at the Paris Climate Summit were expected to wrap up on 11th of December 2015, but will instead go on until the 12th.

French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said "Things are moving in the right direction" however it currently looks as if more compromise is required for a deal is to be agreed. Any Agreement will come in to playin 2020. Mr Fabius said about the Conference that "The atmosphere is good, things are positive" and that a new compromise deal would be presented on Saturday.

Participants at COP21 - as the UN conference is called - have been working on a draft text, prepared by the French presidency, since Wednesday.

This was seen as a significant moment after discussions that began in 2011 about a new global agreement that would stake out a long-term strategy for dealing with climate change.

On Thursday France presented the latest draft paper and at 27 pages long, it is significantly shorter than previous drafts. The draft states that temperature rises must be kept "that well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C". Currently there are around 50 significant disagreements in the draft - down from 900 on the first day of COP 21.

It had been hoped a deal could be reached Friday but organisers said they wanted to give delegates more time for consultations rather than stick to the original schedule. The current draft has confirmed the need for quantified funding goals for both climate change mitigation and adaptation for the years after 2020.

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 01:36 PM

December 7, 2015

Energy UK appoints Director of Energy Supply

Audrey Gallacher, formerly of Citizens Advice, has been appointed as the new Director of Energy Supply for Energy UK.

Energy UK is the trade association for the energy generations and supply industry. It has over 80 members and represents the majority of the UK energy sector. Audrey will take up her post on 25 January 2016. She will join the executive team of the organisation and will sit on the Board.

Audrey's appointment underpins the importance Energy UK's members wish to put on improving customer service and delivery.

Energy UK, Chief Executive, Lawrence Slade said:

"I am delighted to welcome Audrey Gallacher to Energy UK. She brings with her a wealth of experience in campaigning for consumers and her appointment is testament to the determination of the energy sector to work on improving the service and products they provide their millions of customers. It is very important for any representative organisation to understand the issues and challenge the way things have been done. Audrey is uniquely placed to help the industry move forward and to put them at the heart of the industry."

Audrey Gallacher said:

"I am pleased to be joining Energy UK as the Director of Energy Supply. The energy industry has often had a justifiably hard time for failing its customers. But I believe there is a real willingness to improve service and to tailor tariffs and products to meet the needs of individual consumers. I believe my experience working for customers will help put the focus on the consumer experience and both provide a constructive challenge to how the industry goes about things and a valuable insight into what is needed to meet the challenges facing the industry."

As a proud member of Energy UK, Energylinx would like to take this opportunity to welcome Audrey Gallacher on board!

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM