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 28 October 2014 UK, India
New York 1965
Blackout Britain - will it happen here this winter?

The energy secretary says there will be no UK blackouts this winter. As Ofgem presents its analysis of our energy needs this winter, we look at some of the biggest power outages of the last 50 years.

article 04 June 2014 UK
Greenpeace fracks David Cameron's house (picture: Greenpeace)
David Cameron... you just got fracked (by Greenpeace)

Campaign group Greenpeace turns David Cameron's country home into a fracking site.

article 16 May 2014 UK
Britain has five years before fossil fuels 'run out'
by Britain has five years before fossil fuels 'run out'

Time to move to Russia? A Global Sustainability Institute report says the UK could run out of oil, coal and gas supplies in just five years. See how the UK compares with the other top 10 economies.

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
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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.