Olympic engineer Atkins lifts outlook as UK business thrives

Buoyant engineering and construction activity in the UK today saw infrastructure giant WS Atkins upgrade its profit expectations for the year.

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.

Customers slate Npower as worst energy supplier for second year in a row

Npower has been rated the worst power supplier in Britain for the second year in a row.

EDF wins site licence to build first new nuclear power station in 25 years

The first new site licence for a UK nuclear power station for 25 years has been granted for EDF's planned Hinkley Point plant.

Big fuel firms accused of gas price fixing

The big power companies have been accused of fixing gas prices. The claims have come in the week that customers of British Gas are facing bill hikes of 6 per cent.

Flamaville in France

Government to rip up rulebook and subsidise new nuclear plants

Academics claim ministers are set to break promise not to write blank cheques in bid to reassure foreign investors

An anti-nuclear protestor wearing a gas mask stands with other demonstrators at the gates of Hinkley Point nuclear power station last year

Clouds are gathering over Britain's new nuclear dawn

The Government's plans to head off an impending energy crisis are shrouded in uncertainty, reports Mark Leftly

New energy deals spark autumn price war

With energy price hikes on the cards, the battle to find the best gas and electricity rates is hotting up.

Energy of the Nation at the EDF Energy London Eye

Excitement is reaching fever pitch as the London 2012 Games kick off on 27 July. The eyes of the world will be on London for this sporting extravaganza. Everyone in the country will be cheering on their heroes and hoping for national sporting success. Now, thanks to EDF Energy, you can play a part by taking to Twitter to express your thoughts and feeling about the Games. This will contribute to the world’s first social media driven lightshow on the EDF Energy London Eye every night of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Sellafield's Thorp plant to close

A nuclear reprocessing site which has been in operation for 20 years is to close in 2018 after current contracts are completed, it was confirmed today.

Energy reforms to push up costs

Reforms to the UK's electricity market which aim to drive billions of pounds of investment into new nuclear plants and renewables have been published by the Government.

Market Report: Bumi battered by fears over shareholders' debts

With yesterday a horror show for stocks across the Square Mile, Bumi was one of the worst hit amid renewed fears over the debts of the Bakrie family. The Indonesia miner, which was co-founded by financier Nat Rothschild, slumped 46.1p to 497.4p following reports claiming the family needs to resolve a covenant breach on a loan worth $437m (£271.1m) by the end of the week.

UK Mail benefits from online boom

Britons' growing love for online shopping helped demand for parcel deliveries at UK Mail, the private post deliverer, leap 10 per cent in the first three months of this year.

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