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Outlook Now just how does that saying go about sinking ships and desertion?

Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

Gas crisis: consumers face shock £200 rise in bills as cold weather and snow lead to low fuel reserves

Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

Centrica buys 20 years of gas supplies from the US as cold weather and snow continue to disrupt power in UK

Lack of gas storage facilities has led to low fuel reserves

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

What the Sunday papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Google seeks to steal a march on rivals with new ad strategy

Margareta Pagano: It's time to stop playing politics with our energy

The warning from Ofgem that the UK is careering towards electricity shortages should focus politicians' minds on a solution, beyond ideology

Anthony Hilton: Flawed plan to rebuild Britain with no money

The Government wants the private sector to finance the huge costs of nuclear power stations and hopes French company EDF will shortly kick off its new build.

Mark Leftly: Nuclear job done for KPMG luminary Stone

Outlook Rumours suggest that Tim Stone, KPMG's former global head of infrastructure, has not renewed his contract as the Government's expert adviser on new nuclear.

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

Centrica pulls out of UK's nuclear new build programme

Centrica has decided to pull out of the UK's nuclear new build programme and will not take part in the construction of up to four new reactors, the firm announced today.

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.

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.

Centrica writes off £200m to quit nuclear power project

British Gas owner Centrica is expected to write off £200m when it pulls out of the country's nuclear new build programme in the new year.

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

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