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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker