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The Archbishop recently said that the wave of energy price hikes seems "inexplicable"

Green light for new wind farm

A new offshore wind farm which will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes was today given the go-ahead by the Government.

Power firms fined over connections

Three power grid firms have been fined a combined £1 million for failing to meet the three-month deadline for customer connections, the energy watchdog announced today.

E.ON waives retirement age to keep chief

Chairman asked to remain in post to oversee the restructuring of the £9bn energy company

Energy giants desperate to come in from the cold

Can sports sponsorship help firms win customers even as bills soar? Richard Gillis reports

David Prosser: Energy prices justkeep on rising

Outlook With E.On raising its gas and electricity prices yesterday, five of the big six energy providers have now announced bill increases in recent weeks (the exception being EDF Energy, for which a rise is no doubt only a matter of time once its price freeze promise expires). It's a brave move by the energy industry, which is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Ofgem, the sector's regulator, into pricing.

E.On raises gas and electricity prices

The power company E.On has announced price rises of 9 per cent for electricity and 3 per cent for gas from next month, blaming "rising industry costs". The firm said the increase will add 16p a day to its dual fuel customers, adding that wholesale energy prices have soared by 35 per cent since last spring.

Chancellor opposes waste disposal on his doorstep

Cheshire residents have come together in one of the most fiercely fought campaigns to oppose municipal waste incinerators since six were proposed to dispose of their rubbish. They claim that their county is in danger of becoming "the most incinerator-contaminated place in Britain".

Energy prices 'may rise 25 per cent over 10 years'

Domestic energy prices could rise by as much as a quarter over the coming decade, the "big six" gas and electricity suppliers warned MPs yesterday.

E.ON sells stake in Gazprom for £2.8bn

E.ON has sold its 3.5 per cent stake in the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom for €3.4bn (£2.8bn). The German energy giant, which is raising money to expand outside Europe, sold 2.7 per cent to the Russian state bank VEB and 0.8 per cent on the stock market. As its earnings in Europe drop due to a tax on its nuclear power plants in Germany and demand falls due to the economic crisis, E.ON is seeking to lower its €45bn debt burden and raise money to expand outside the continent.

Telecom firm to cut energy bills

British Gas may have raised domestic bills by 7 per cent, but it is looking to help small businesses cut their costs.

Environment: Major projects to tackle climate change escape the knife

Major programmes and projects to tackle climate change under the remit of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) were left largely untouched.

David Prosser: How will we rebalance the economy?

Outlook Elsewhere, there will be doubt for a time yet about where the 490,000 public-sector job losses will occur (not to mention the 500,000 reduction in the private sector PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts as a knock-on effect), which will continue to undermine the prospects of consumer-facing businesses. And after a quiet day on the stock market, it was noticeable last night that defence stocks are reacting badly to the defence cuts announced on Monday.

Call for more notice of energy bill rises

Gas and electricity suppliers should be required to give 30 days' warning before putting up prices, the UK energy watchdog said today.

Quangos slammed over public sector awards

Controversial quangos set up to boost England's regional economies award almost two-thirds of all grants to other public sector groups, research found today.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003