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

David Prosser: In search of a coherent energy policy

Outlook There is much to commend in Ofgem's burst of activity of late. Its announcements yesterday of an investigation into Scottish Power's price promises and the go-ahead for energy market reforms already trailed were both sensible. Yet one cannot help but feel these matters are trivial compared to the big question facing Britain's energy industry – the one publicly posed by the regulator more than a year ago, to which we have yet to hear a satisfactory answer.

Fresh blow as energy prices rise

Hard-pressed consumers were dealt a fresh blow tonight after Scottish Power unleashed what is expected to be a new wave of energy bill rises.

'We've got to show that business is a force for good'

For the first time in decades, industry and ministers are on the same side, says the new CBI president

Centrica mothballs gas field

Centrica, the parent company of household gas supplier British Gas, has carried out its threat not to reopen one of the UK's largest gas fields following the Government's decision to raise taxes on production.

Centrica blames tax for Morecambe Bay closure

The backlash against the Chancellor's decision to impose higher taxes on energy firms continued yesterday after Centrica decided not to recommence production at a major gas field, citing the heavy tax burden.

Centrica buys heating company

the founder of a central heating firm that started life almost 50 years ago has sold the business to British Gas owner Centrica in a £30m deal.

Market Report: Return of Qatar bid rumours boost Centrica

Not for the first time, market gossips had Centrica in their sights last night as the owner of British Gas powered up following the re-emergence of speculation that it could be about to receive an offer.

Soaring tax bill leads Centrica to cut back on UK investment

Centrica warned yesterday that the Government's surprise extra tax on North Sea oil and gas would hit profit growth this year and cause the company to scale back investment.

Energy customers face higher bills

Consumers are facing another round of energy price rises after the UK's biggest supplier revealed a further squeeze on its margins.

Osborne's tax on gas fields 'will mean price rises for consumers'

Consumers face higher gas bills if investment is slashed in Britain's natural gas fields as the result of an increasingly bitter dispute between producers and the Treasury over a tax rise, a leading industry body said yesterday.

Oil and gas tax hike rethink urged

The Government was today urged to rethink its oil and gas tax hike amid concerns that the move could hasten the demise of UK production.

Market Report: Analysts engineer rises for IMI and Rolls-Royce

Engineering stocks were in focus last night, as both Rolls-Royce and IMI found themselves propelled up the blue-chip index by bullish brokers.

Ofgem cracks down on Big Six energy firms

The energy regulator Ofgem stepped up efforts to temper the influence of the biggest utilities yesterday by proposing that they auction up to a fifth of their electricity generation output and simplify tariffs that leave customers "bamboozled" by their complexity.

Centrica snaps up US energy firm

Centrica has agreed to buy a New York-based energy retailer as part of its strategy of strengthening its North American arm.

British Gas profits soar to record high of £742m

Centrica points to even faster growth in US and upstream arms
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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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