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Some homes will remain without power until at least Friday following the widespread damage to the electricity network during Storm Arwen. The Energy Networks Associations said engineers have been undertaking repairs at around 4,500 individual sites after strong winds, falling trees and airborne debris downed overhead power lines and inflicted damage to substations.
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Suppliers which have gone out of business as a result of the recent escalation in gas costs cannot blame the price cap because they should have been adequately hedged, the energy minister has argued. Appearing at the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee, Greg Hands said suppliers who were properly prepared have “clearly been in a much better position to ride out the big increases in global gas prices.”
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The electricity transmission arms of National Grid and SP Energy Networks (SPEN) have agreed to pay £158 million in redress for a two-year delay to the £1.2 billion Western Link project – a subsea power line connecting Scotland and Wales. Ofgem said the delay to the 2,250MW high voltage direct current link prevented renewable generators in Scotland from exporting electricity to England and Wales when the transmission network was congested, raising costs for consumers.
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SSE is the next major energy supplier to announce a price cut. The firm will cut gas prices by 4.5 per cent as of 26 March and promised not to raise electricity prices until October at the earliest.
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Calor Gas, the UK's biggest provider of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has announced plans to be the first rural energy supplier to become an energy services company (Esco).
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Large energy retailers look set to follow smaller suppliers in passing on falls in wholesale costs after EDF Energy said it would cut gas prices by 5 per cent from 7 February.
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