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Rishi Sunak has pledged to provide extra support for households with their energy bills if he wins the Conservative leadership contest as Cornwall Insight forecast the price cap will peak at more than £4,400 in April next year. The former chancellor of the exchequer, who is lagging behind foreign secretary Liz Truss in the two-horse race, made the commitment after Truss recently rejected “handouts” for households struggling to pay their bills.
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As the UK heads into another heatwave, Thames Water has confirmed it expects to impose a hosepipe in the "coming weeks", becoming the fourth company to do so following Southern, South East and Welsh Water. Although it can not yet confirm the timing due to operational and legal requirements, the company said it will update customers as soon as possible and in the meantime urged them to limit their water use to essential needs.
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Campaigners against EDF’s planned new nuclear plant at Sizewell have instigated a legal bid to overturn Kwasi Kwarteng’s decision to award the project planning permission last month. The secretary of state for business and energy granted consent to the 3.2GW scheme on 20 July, overturning the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation that it should not receive the go ahead.
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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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Energos Holdings has acquired waste to energy business BioGen Power. Both are now part of the Ener-g group.
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Green energy firm Ecotricity generated more power in 2011 than the previous year the company said today, suggesting its onshore wind turbines had a load factor of about 27 per cent in 2011.
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Denmark will take over the presidency of the European Union for six months in January and has signalled that it plans to pursue its national championing of renewables and energy investment at a European level. David Hayhurst reports
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