Special Reports

The politics of energy - special report

From gas ring to power station, rarely has energy been a more a political topic.


article 30 November 2013 UK
A British Gas Smart Energy Report
by Power to the people - smart meters, lower energy bills?

Even though the price of your next energy bills may shock you, will you spend any time at all doing something about it?

article 22 April 2014 World, United States
How North Dakota's fracking frenzy is wasting natural gas

North Dakota's oil boom has a valuable by-product: natural gas. But the pipelines to transport it do not yet exist, and nearly 30 per cent of gas produced is being burned away into the atmosphere.

post 22 April 2014
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog Fracking for oil in North Dakota's boomtown

Williston, North Dakota, is attracting thousands of workers keen to make their millions from fracking. But as the economy is on the up, the town has been hit by a rise in crime, drug use and rape.

article 16 April 2014 UK
Repower Balcombe publicity photo
Balcombe: 'now everyone's working towards the same goal'

Made famous by a high-profile anti-fracking protest camp last year, the Sussex village of Balcombe is now embarking on a renewable energy project that villagers say is promoting community cohesion.

article 27 March 2014 UK
'Big six' face investigation over energy bills

Ofgem says a full investigation will "once and for all clear the air" over whether the "big six" are blocking competition in the energy market - and making customers pay more for gas and electricity.

article 26 March 2014 UK
SSE advert
Energy supplier SSE sacrifices profits to freeze prices

SSE, one of the 'big six' energy firms, announces a price freeze for all customers until 2016. Last year its chief executive said a freeze would "lead to unsustainable loss-making businesses".

article 26 February 2014 UK
Pylons reflected in a power station window (Reuters)
by 'Big six' told to trade fairly - will it make a difference?

Energy regulator Ofgem says it is "tearing down barriers to competition" with new rules to benefit independent suppliers. But critics say the reforms will have little immediate benefit for consumers.

post 24 February 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Scottish independence: milk, oil and granite

The PM is whizzing into Aberdeen, the granite city, on an RAF flight that the SNP MP Angus Robertson has coined "Scare Force One".

post 13 January 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Fracking cash offer - phase one of a very public negotiation

If you can't see pound signs in many councillors' eyes as the PM announces incentives for councils affected by shale gas drilling, then you're not looking hard enough.

article 02 December 2013 UK
Ed Davey announces government plans to cut energy prices (pictures: Getty)
Energy companies announce cuts in bills

Three of the "big six" energy companies in the UK vow to freeze or cut household bills in response to a government initiative.