Ofgem widens investigation into alleged rigging of gas and power markets – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2013 in competition, energy, inquiries, news, price fixing, whistleblowers by tracey

“The energy watchdog, Ofgem, has widened its investigation into alleged manipulation of gas and power markets and warned that doubts over price-setting could lead to higher household bills.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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SFO considers criminal inquiry into alleged price fixing by oil firms – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2013 in energy, inquiries, news, price fixing, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office said on Thursday it is considering a criminal inquiry into alleged price fixing at BP and other oil companies already being investigated by European competition authorities.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2013

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Burr v OM Property Management Ltd – WLR Daily

Burr v OM Property Management Ltd: [2013] EWCA Civ 479;   [2013] WLR (D)  164

“When determining the amount of any service charge payable by a tenant for services supplied, on the natural and ordinary meaning of the words of section 20B of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, ‘costs’ were not ‘incurred’ on the mere provision of the services or supplies made to the landlord or management company.”

WLR Daily, 3rd May 2013

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Council to review wind turbine policy after High Court rejects residential “buffer zone” – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 19th, 2013 in energy, judicial review, local government, news, planning by tracey

“A council could not amend its wind turbine planning policy to ensure a larger ‘buffer zone’ between turbines and residential properties than that already set out in its local plan, the High Court has ruled.17 Apr 2013.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th April 2013

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High court rules against ‘buffer zones’ for windfarms – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in energy, local government, news, planning by sally

“Wind energy developers are celebrating today after the high court ruled that Milton Keynes Borough Council’s attempts to impose a ‘buffer zone’ for new wind farm projects were unlawful.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2013

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SSE fined record £10.5m by Ofgem over ‘prolonged and extensive’ mis-selling – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2013 in energy, fines, news, unfair commercial practices, utilities by sally

“The utility giant SSE is to be fined £10.5m for ‘prolonged and extensive’ mis-selling in what will be the largest ever penalty imposed on an energy provider.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2013

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Energy giant EDF drops lawsuit against climate change protesters after backlash – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2013 in compensation, demonstrations, energy, news, trespass by sally

“Energy giant EDF today dropped a £5m law suit against 21 climate change protesters that shut down the company’s new West Burton gas-fired power station last October.”

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The Independent, 13th March 2013

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Heritage bodies win high court battle against Barnwell windfarm – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2013 in energy, local government, news, planning by tracey

“Leading heritage organisations have won a high court battle against plans for a windfarm they warn will result in substantial harm to a heritage area ‘of national significance.’ English Heritage and the National Trust say the case has national implications. They supported East Northamptonshire district council’s successful legal bid to block proposals submitted by West Coast Energy for four 300 feet (91 metre) turbines on farmland at Barnwell Manor in Sudborough.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2013

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Lost renewables subsidies successfully claimed as human rights damages – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 14th, 2013 in appeals, damages, energy, human rights, news by sally

“This decision upholding an award of damages for a claim under Article 1 Protocol 1 (right to possessions) may seem rather straightforward to a non-lawyer. Infinis lost out on some subsidies because the regulator misunderstood a complex legal document. It could not claim those subsidies any more, so it claimed and got damages from the regulator. But the relatively novel thing is that English law does not generally allow claims for damage caused by unlawful action by the state. And yet the Court of Appeal found it easy to dismiss the regulator’s appeal on this point.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th February 2013

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Damages claims “inevitable consequence” of Government’s confused approach to solar, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2013 in damages, energy, news by sally

“Reports that some companies involved in solar energy are pursuing claims for damages against the Government are the ‘inevitable consequence of its hitherto confused’ approach to subsidies, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th January 2013

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Government threatens to legislate if voluntary consumer data access standards are not adhered to by mobile, energy and financial services firms – OUT-LAW.com

“Financial services, mobile telecoms and energy companies will be compelled by law to provide consumers with data they hold about their transactions or consumption in an ‘electronic, machine readable’ format, upon request, if they do not do so voluntarily, the Government has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th November 2012

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Energy smart meters are a threat to privacy, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2012 in data protection, energy, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

“Hi-tech monitors that track households’ energy consumption threaten to become a major privacy issue, according to the European watchdog in charge of protecting personal data.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2012

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Anemometers and wind farms once more: PINS now win the day – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 22nd, 2012 in appeals, disclosure, energy, inquiries, news, planning, tribunals by sally

“I have previously posted on the decision leading to this successful appeal by the Planning Inspectorate, against an order that they produce their legal advice concerning a planning appeal. The decision of the First-Tier Tribunal in favour of disclosure was reversed by a strong Upper Tribunal, chaired by Carnwath LJ in his last outing before going to the Supreme Court. So the upshot is that PINS can retain whatever advice which led them to refuse this request for a public inquiry in a locally controversial case.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2012

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Tenant fails in its bid for a new tenancy after Court confirms landlord’s intention to occupy property for its own use is viable – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 15th, 2012 in appeals, energy, landlord & tenant, news by sally

“The operator of an oil depot has been unsuccessful in its bid for a new tenancy after the Court of Appeal confirmed that its landlord’s plans to occupy the property for its own business were viable.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th May 2012

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Government to give consumers control over smart meter data amidst privacy concerns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2012 in consumer protection, data protection, energy, news, privacy by sally

“Third-party companies will not be able to access data recorded in consumers’ smart meters unless consumers choose to let them see it, the Government has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2012

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Energy regulator to get augmented powers – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2012 in consumer protection, energy, fines, news by sally

“Energy companies guilty of overcharging households will be forced to compensate consumers by a beefed-up industry watchdog under government proposals to be published this week.”

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The Guardian, 9th April 2012

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FiTs uncertainty remains for solar industry as Government refused leave to appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 27th, 2012 in appeals, energy, news by sally

“The Government has been denied the opportunity to appeal to the Supreme Court in over its ‘legally flawed’ decision to reduce subsidies to businesses and homes which use solar panels to generate renewable energy.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th March 2012

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Environmental and planning law newsletter – Thirty Nine Essex Street

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, March 2012

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Energy firm SSE loses appeal on mis-selling – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2012 in appeals, energy, news, unfair commercial practices by tracey

“SSE has lost an appeal into a conviction for tricking potential customers into switching from their existing energy firm.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2012

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EDF to payout £4.5m to customers following Ofgem investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2012 in consumer protection, energy, news by tracey

“Ofgem’s investigation found that EDF Energy’s processes led to breaches of its marketing licence conditions. The energy giant has now offered to pay a £4.5 million package to help vulnerable consumers and its actions mark an important step forward by the company in improving consumers trust.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2012

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