Gas price rise spurs ministers into action?

Government ministers will undertake a fresh review of the UK's gas supplies after major disruptions late last year ripped through the market, driving prices to multi-year highs.

The UK gas price rose to its highest level since 2011 after an explosion in Austria compounded disruption following outages in Norway and a crack in the country's main North Sea pipeline system.

Energy ministers and regulators have since faced growing industry calls to review their stance against building new gas storage sites amid warnings that price shocks are likely to worsen as the country's gas ­reserves dwindle.

In a letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, energy minister Richard Harrington assured a group of concerned energy companies and trade unions that the Government would turn its ­attention to concerns over the recent gas market shocks.

Mr Harrington's letter said his ­department would "comprehensively test our assumptions" built on past ­reviews, which concluded that the UK's gas system was secure due to the variety of import sources available.

He added that his officials were currently working "to develop projects building on the conclusions of the ­recent strategic assessment, with gas price security featuring prominently in their planning".

The fresh approach to gas security is a major step-change for the Government, which in the past has focused on the country's ability to import gas when needed, but has ignored the crippling cost of relying on foreign sources when market prices spike.

The regulator has also doggedly countered concerns over the UK's gas supply security by focusing on physical gas flows into the British gas grid rather than the price shouldered by ­consumers.

It has retained this focus despite historic market price spikes and the collapse of two energy suppliers this winter.

UK gas futures are a third higher compared to the situation two years ago, in part driven higher by the rally in global oil prices.

The climb from 36p per therm to 48p per therm included a spike to over 60p late last year amid the European gas market shock.

The UK's declining North Sea production is met by imports via pipelines to Norway and continental Europe.

Britain is also able to import super-chilled gas, which is shipped on tankers. This gas is mainly imported from Qatar but also stems from the global market.

E.ON Offering 5 Years of Free Electricity with new Electric Car

E.ON will offer five years of free solar power for buyers of its new electric vehicle (EV).

The Big Six energy supplier is working with Swedish auto manufacturer Uniti to develop the Uniti One car, which is expected to be unveiled in 2019.

The car's €15,000 (£13,250) price tag will include the free energy, which E.ON says could carry its passengers a distance of around 60,000 kilometres.

The EV's range is predicted to be between 150 and 300 kilometres, with enough power for 200 kilometres to be chargeable in just 30 minutes.

Uniti plans to produce 50,000 of the EVs per year in the Swedish city of Landskrona, having already taken more than 1,000 orders.

Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President of Solution Business and Innovation at E.ON, said: "With a combination of innovative technology, low cost purchase price and E.ON solar power for five years, our customers will find it easier than ever to get started in electric mobility."

Stark add cost function for Central Power

Stark, the well known Data Collector (DC) have re-jigged their website and launched the cost analysis function.

Central Power can now offer this feature in their portfolio of features to help their clients save money and make better decisions.

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Central Power (Bnorth) Ltd are now installing these superb Biomass-driven Air Heaters into the West Midlands Industrial and Border Counties Agricultural sector for purposes such as intensive crop production, along with other  Industrial and Commercial areas – see our attached brochure.

The machines have peak outputs of 50Kw to 80 Kw, and qualify for the Government RHI scheme, and as such RHI payments are index linked and guaranteed through OFGEM for 20 years,

much as the existing Biomass Driven boilers used for Poultry and other Farm heating systems.

If Sastak members do have the need for background heat in any of their many agricultural processes, then these machines are ideal for this purpose.

They are a much lower cost alternative to Kerosene and Bottled Gas, quite apart from the cleaner, greener benefits accrued for this type of heating.

So if you think you have a need for this technology, please do get in touch with us for a free demonstration, analysis and quote.

Central Power In Partnership with Giving Websites

Energy Consultants and Brokers, Central Power (Bnorth) Ltd, have launched their brand new website, to show businesses how their services could help them to save money on many of their energy bills. The professional-looking website has been both designed and built by well established website design agency: Clickingmad Ltd, based in Shropshire through their Giving Websites project.  

central powerCentral Power (Bnorth) Ltd are independent electricity consultants and brokers based in Shropshire, allowing them to give impartial advice to their customers. They can provide advice on electricity and gas and have recently started working with renewable energy such as Solar and Biomass with great success. They are part of Giving Websites, allowing them to support their local charity Shropshire Wildlife Trust as well as having a new fully functional website.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, part of the Wildlife Trusts Group of charities, looks after 38 nature reserves, campaigns for wildlife and the environment, inspires young and old to enjoy nature and involves volunteers in all its work.

Geoffrey Davies, Managing Director at Central Power (Bnorth) Ltd comments ‘We are very pleased with our new website, and the fact that we can support a local charity at the same time is a bonus and it is at no extra cost to us. We would strongly recommend other businesses joining the Giving Websites project and seeing the benefits.’

John Hughes, Development Manager of Shropshire Wildlife Trust said ‘Having the support of Central Power every month is very important to us and being a local business we are able to build a close relationship with them.’

The launch of the new website is set to showcase their wide range of services, and to reach businesses who may want to reduce their utility bills. The site also allows customers to reduce their domestic billing, along with finding out about possibilities for renewable energy. The Shropshire Wildlife Trust logo is proudly displayed on the site to show that Central Power’s Corporate Social Responsibility is being fulfilled every month.