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Hive Active Heating combines a smartphone app with a connected thermostat to let customers control their heating on the go

Ben Chu: This energy debate has produced overpriced heat, but little reforming light

Outlook Multinational energy firm announces fat profits as pensioners freeze to death following an inflation-busting hike in fuel bills. It doesn't take a corporate public relations genius to spot that particular mantrap.

British Gas chief to leave Centrica with £15m pension

The outgoing British Gas head Phil Bentley will leave its parent company, Centrica, with shares, rights to long-term incentive bonuses and a pension pot worth an estimated £15m, it has emerged.

Anger at British Gas as owner Centrica reports £606m profit

Energy company raised tariffs by 6 per cent for over 8 million households at the end of last year

Tom Bawden: BG worth bagging as it gets a handle on the problems

Investment View: Some apparent disadvantages are actually advantages in the longer term

Royal Mail wins British Gas deal

Royal Mail has won back a contract to deliver statements to British Gas customers, which it lost to a rival in 2007.

Electric pylons linking the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to the National Grid

The triple whammy for nuclear power: Centrica, Cumbria, clean-up costs

Centrica pulling out of a vital new plant and blows on the cost and location of radioactive waste have darkened the industry's prospects, says Tom Bawden

The cost of Hinkley Point (pictured in 2011), which Edf put at £9bn in December 2010, is now reported to be £14bn

Taxpayer billions could be secretly funnelled to Edf to underwrite cost of proposed power station at Hinkley Point

Billions of pounds of taxpayers money could be secretly funnelled to the French state nuclear company Edf to underwrite the cost of its proposed new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, it emerged today.

Questions of Cash: Debt collectors chased bill that arrived four years too late

Q. I have just received a bill for over £300 from British Gas, after I was initially contacted by a debt collection agency. The bill was for an eight-month period in 2008, for an address where I was a tenant. This is the first I heard of the bill. I can no longer recall who the energy supplier was, but I remember organising a final payment over the phone after I left the property. My bank account shows that I paid £30.97 to British Gas just after I left the property. The bill was dated November 2012 and based entirely on estimated readings. RC, Glasgow.

What The Sunday Papers Said

Network Rail has said it is ready to pay nearly £35m in train-travel expenses to its staff in 2011-13, around £1,000 per employee, as passengers suffer massive new year fare increases. Staff who worked for British Rail before privatisation 20 years ago had rail-pass perks safeguarded as part of the terms of the deal. Workers employed since then have limited free travel.

Outside Line in money on Saatchi deal

The co-founders of digital and social-media agency Outside Line cashed in today by selling to advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi for an estimated £8m.

EDF extends life of two nuclear power stations

Two of the UK's oldest nuclear power stations are to remain in use until at least 2023, EDF Energy announced today.

British Gas hikes prices as Centrica profit soars

Around 8.5 million households are to be hit with a 6% rise in their energy bills today as British Gas becomes the latest utility giant to hike its tariffs.

British Gas owner Centrica set for £1.4bn profits

British Gas owner Centrica courted more anger over its planned price hikes today by revealing it is set to make profits of £1.4 billion this year.

Bosses agree to take part in 'public grilling'

Bosses of under-fire energy firms British Gas and E.ON have agreed to face questioning from consumer groups, regulators, charities and journalists at a summit organised by The Independent, i's sister paper, and Policy Review Intelligence.

Laura, pictured with one-year-old son Jackson, has been paying £60 a month on an online British Gas tariff for gas and electricity but was told that she actually owed the firm £600

Hard-up are hit by high-cost meters

The vulnerable are forced to pay the most for their heating and lighting

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