CMA says UK energy market needs better regulation and more customer switching – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in competition, consumer protection, energy, news by sally

‘The CMA’s updated issues statement on its energy market investigation has been hailed as a ‘win’ for the energy companies, while suggesting that a lack of competition could be due to poor regulation and customer apathy. A closer look at the CMA’s initial findings suggests a more nuanced view.’

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Zenith Chambers, 26th February 2015

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

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Fracking will be allowed under national parks, UK decides – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2015 in bills, energy, environmental protection, news, parks by tracey

‘Amendments to infrastructure bill unpick earlier protections, meaning companies just outside parks will be able to drill horizontally below them.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Sustainable Shetland (Appellant) v The Scottish Ministers and another (Respondents) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

Sustainable Shetland (Appellant) v The Scottish Ministers and another (Respondents) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 4 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th February 2015

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

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Landlords to be banned from letting draughtiest homes – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2015 in energy, environmental protection, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by sally

‘Landlords will be banned from renting out England and Wales’ draughtiest homes from 2018 in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions. The new regulations are expected to help around a million tenants who are paying as much as £1,000 a year more than the average annual bill of £1,265 because of poorly insulated homes.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Ofgem tightens up rules for comparison websites – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in consumer protection, energy, internet, news by sally

‘The energy regulator Ofgem has announced new rules for comparison websites which will force them to give consumers more information on the tariffs they show, amid allegations that they are hiding the best deals from consumers.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Legal challenge to Government’s £2.5bn subsidy scheme for fossil fuel industry – The Independent

Posted December 6th, 2014 in EC law, energy, news, state aids by sally

‘The Government may be forced to suspend a £2.5bn annual subsidy scheme designed to keep the lights on as cheaply and as greenly as possible following a legal challenge in the European Court of Justice, which claims it amounts to an “unlawful subsidy” for the fossil fuel industry.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Regina (Joicey) v Northumberland County Council – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in disclosure, documents, energy, law reports, local government, noise, planning by sally

Regina (Joicey) v Northumberland County Council [2014] EWHC 3657 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 506

‘As in failure to take account of relevant material consideration cases, so also in a case involving a breach of statutory duty to disclose information, relief would be granted unless the decision-maker could demonstrate that the decision in question would inevitably have been the same had the decision-maker acted as he was required to do.’

WLR Daily, 7th November 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Legitimate Expectations – Local Government Law

Posted November 25th, 2014 in contracts, energy, local government, news by sally

‘In Solar Century Holdings Ltd v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWHC 3677 (Admin) the submissions made for the Claimant included that (1) certain pre-legislative statements were admissible and in effect bound the Government, according to the principles laid down by Lord Steyn in R (Westminster City Council) v National Asylum Support Service [2002] UKHL 38 at paragraph 6, (2) certain statements made by the Government were “clear and unequivocal” representations which gave rise to a legitimate expectation, and (3) the expectation could not be trumped or thwarted by any of the policy considerations advanced by the Government. Green J rejected all these submissions. The case concerned renewable energy sources by way of large scale “solar farms”, governed by the Electricity Act 1989, as amended by the Energy Act 2013, and whether the Government was bound to maintain a particular scheme in place until 2017. Clear and repeated representations had been made to that effect, but they had always been qualified.’

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Local Government Law, 17th November 2014

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

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Adjudication ordered in £1.3m dispute between council and solar energy business – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 13th, 2014 in contracts, damages, dispute resolution, energy, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has ordered that a local authority’s bid to recoup £1.3m from a solar energy installation company be determined by adjudication, rather than by litigation as desired by the council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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‘Frankly awful': energy regulator’s damning verdict on suppliers’ customer service – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2014 in complaints, consumer protection, energy, news by tracey

‘The Big Six energy suppliers have been ordered to improve “frankly awful” customer service after regulator Ofgem found more than half of customers were unhappy with how complaints were handled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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In re PGL Realisations plc and other companies; Laverty and others v British Gas Trading Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted August 6th, 2014 in administrators, debts, energy, insolvency, law reports by sally

In re PGL Realisations plc and other companies; Laverty and others v British Gas Trading Ltd [2014] EWHC 2721 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 364

‘Charges arising under deemed contracts for supplies of gas and electricity to retail premises after the companies had entered into administration and after the premises had been vacated by the companies were provable debts within rule 13(12(1)(b) of the Insolvency Rules 1986.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Energy price riggers to face jail under new proposals – BBC News

‘Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices faces up to two years in jail, under new proposals by the government.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Successful A1P1 claims by photovoltaics – Human Rights Blog

Posted July 15th, 2014 in contracts, energy, human rights, news by tracey

‘Breyer Group plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWHC 2257 (QB). This is an important judgment on governmental liability for a rather shabby retrospective change of the rules about subsidies for photovoltaic schemes.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th July 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Brussels takes UK to court over boats using red diesel – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2014 in customs and excise, EC law, energy, news, taxation by sally

‘The European Commission is taking the UK to court in a long-running row over its policy of allowing leisure boats to use lower-taxed red diesel.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2014

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British Gas staff mis-sold deals, says regulator Ofgem – BBC News

Posted July 4th, 2014 in energy, news by tracey

‘The UK’s biggest energy supplier, British Gas, mis-sold energy deals by making exaggerated claims to potential customers, the regulator has said. Ofgem said British Gas sales staff did not make accurate comparisons between suppliers’ deals, and so made overblown claims about savings for switching.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Fracking compensation to be increased – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in compensation, energy, news by sally

‘Government hopes extra funds for affected communities will quell opposition to controversial method of extracting fuel.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Deep Sea Mining Act 2014

Posted May 15th, 2014 in energy, international law, legislation by tracey

Deep Sea Mining Act 2014 published

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Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Ofgem asks competition watchdog to investigate big six energy suppliers – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2014 in competition, consumer protection, energy, news by tracey

‘The energy regulator has asked the competition watchdog to investigate Britain’s energy companies in an effort to restore trust in the industry after public uproar over rising fuel bills.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Anti-fracking protesters’ Convention rights against private landowners – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 18th, 2014 in energy, freedom of expression, human rights, news, repossession, trespass by tracey

‘Manchester Ship Canal Developments v Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC 645 (Ch). The Chancery Court has ruled that Convention rights may be engaged in disputes between private landowners and trespassers, thereby making it incumbent on the court under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act to balance the trespassers’ rights under Article 8 against the landowner’s rights under Article 1 Protocol 1.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th March 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Article 8 and the Private Sector – NearlyLegal

‘In one sense, the possession claim in Manchester Ship Canal Developments v Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC 645 (Ch) follows a fairly predictable course. The Defendants were a group of activists who had set up camp on Barton Moss Lane, Manchester, in protest at the drilling program being undertaken by a company, Igas Energy plc. The Claimants had granted Igas a licence to drill on the land nearby and the protest was intended to deter the controversial fracking process which the activists feared would ensue.’

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NearlyLegal, 16th March 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

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