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Thousands of households in Wales are to benefit from a freeze in the price of bills to 2016 after an announcement by the big six energy provider
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Growing Solar Power Solar panels have always been referred to as solar cells, but cells of a different kind have been making waves in the solar commercial
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Breaking News: Ongoing Ukraine crisis has major impact on gas prices: - The continuing political uncertainty in Ukraine is having a knock-on effect on UK gas prices because the country is vital in getting Russian gas across the continent to Western Europe. Gas contracts on the UK NBP and European TTF markets were 5%-6% higher this morning, Monday 3 March, compared to before the weekend because of developments in recent days. http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/catalyst-business-energy-market-brief-march-2014/
Breaking News: Ongoing Ukraine crisis has major impact on gas prices: - The continuing political uncertainty in Ukraine is having a knock-on effect on UK gas prices because the country is vital in getting Russian gas across the continent to Western Europe. Gas contracts on the UK NBP and European TTF markets were 5%-6% higher this morning, Monday 3 March, compared to before the weekend because of developments in recent days. Forward Prices Remain...
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When it comes to companies we love to revisit, Google has to be top of the list. The Search Engine giant has quietly been investing huge amounts in both self-serving renewable energy projects and investments into ongoing reseach over the last decade. The California-based company have previously invested huge sums on wind farms in Scandinavia and tidal generators in Europe, but the crown jewel of their renewable energy investments finally came online last week. - http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/googles-record-breaking-solar-planet-goes-online/
Google's Record-Breaking Solar Planet Goes Online When it comes to companies we love to revisit, Google has to be top of the list. The Search Engine giant has quietly been investing huge amounts in both self-serving renewable energy projects and investments into ongoing reseach over the last decade. The California-based company have previously invested huge sums on wind farms in Scandinavia and tidal generators in Europe, but the crown jewel of t...
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http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/energy-companies-accused-of-stealth-tax/ Energy suppliers in the UK are facing fresh controversy after nearly 200 MPs have signed a House of Commons motion for an Ofgem enquiry following accusations of ‘ripping off’ customers.Specifically, recent government figures have shown that customers who pay by methods other than a direct debit are paying £114 more than those who do.  Conservative MP Robert Halfon said these charges amount to a ‘stealth tax’ on some of the poorest in society.
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Which? Warn of ‘Rocketing’ Energy Bills Consumer watchdog Which? has warned that - despite recent government measures - energy bills could rise by more than £600 per household over then next seven years.  This figure has come about as Sky News reported that Which? has taken the pro active step of writing to the Treasury to warn of a potentially massive increase in commercial energy costs ahead of next week’s budget. With European Union legislatur...
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Three years after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe Japan has revealed that it still considers nuclear power as a vital source of commercial energy and will look to it for power in the future. In the country’s first energy policy since 2011, Japan’s government have said it is still a ‘key’ course of electricity for the country. The statement will likely cause a backlash from a Japanese public who still have memories of Fukushima fresh in their minds, and will be quick to remind Tokyo of the pledges that were made to reduce dependence on the power source amid cries to shut down the country’s reactors. http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/japan-reconsiders-its-nuclear-energy-options/
Japan Reconsiders Its Nuclear Energy Options Three years after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe Japan has revealed that it still considers nuclear...
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Energy Minister Ed Davey has called into question the prices and profits of British Gas this week, suggesting that the company holds a monopoly position that may have to be broken up.Minister Davey laid out a letter to regulators at the start of the week detailing plans to investigate the profit margins and prices of the big six energy firms in the industry. In particular, Davey highlighted British Gas over concerns they hold a monopoly that is causing prices to be artificially inflated. http://www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk/energy-minister-british-gas-could-be-broken-up/
British Gas Could be ‘Broken Up’ Energy Minister Ed Davey has called into question the prices and profits of British Gas this week, suggesting that the company holds a monopoly position that may have to be broken up.Minister Davey laid out a letter to regulators at the start of the week detailing plans to investigate the profit margins and prices of the big six energy firms in the industry. In particular, Davey highlighted British Gas over concer...
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This January, temperatures have been on average 15% higher than the seasonal norm, contributing to lower demand for power and gas. Alongside this, falling oil prices have pulled the annual power and gas contracts down. Short-term prices have been lower with high LNG supply and nuclear outages. Annual April 14 baseload power decreased 1.2% to a monthly average of £52.5/MWh in January.

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Gas and Power Drop Following Warmer Winter This January, temperatures have been on average 15% higher than the seasonal norm, contributing to lower demand for power and gas. Alongside this, falling oil prices have pulled the annual power and gas contracts down. Short-term prices have been lower with high LNG supply and nuclear outages. Annual April 14 baseload power decreased 1.2% to a monthly average of £52.5/MWh in January. Annual gas was pushe...
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  • Catalyst Commercial Services Ltd
    Energy Broker, present
    Chris co-founded Catalyst Commercial Services in 2001, and has had a very successful 15-year career in the utilities industry at Director level. Chris is an authority on how businesses need to change and adapt to a future of constrained energy resources, global warming and evolving consumer expectations. He is well known and respected throughout the energy industry and regularly contributes to leading energy market publications. He also has a passion for rugby and has played semi-professional rugby at a high level including many representative honors both in the UK and around the World.
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Chris Hurcombe.

I'm a Director at Catalyst Commercial Services.

Catalyst is one of the UK's leading independent business energy brokers and utility consultants specialising in energy services, sustainability and environmental services.

The energy services we offer fall under these main categories:

* Business Energy - Business electricity procurement and smart meter solutions delivered by our team of energy consultants.
* Half Hourly Meters – Commercial half hourly electricity procurement and energy management solutions delivered by our team of energy consultants.
* Commercial Gas – Business gas and commercial gas procurement services delivered by our team of energy consultants.
* Water Services – Water auditing services and solutions from water leak detection to water invoice validation.
* Energy Management - providing a full range of energy management services from Carbon Trust Surveys to the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
* Energy Extras - Additional energy services that will help you to meet your carbon reduction commitments, and help you manage your energy in a more effective way. 

For more information about this, please visit www.catalyst-commercial.co.uk, alternatively feel free to chat with myself or dial 0870 710 7560.
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Eiffel tower renovation includes wind turbines
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Microsoft buys more green energy than Google and Apple combined
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Solar power to thrive without subsidies in UK by 2020
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ESOS SOS For Business Energy Savings
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With less than 10-months left until the deadline for complying with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) legislation.

ESTA issues warning over potential ESOS scheme failure
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The Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has published recommendations to avoid failure of the Energy Savings Opportunities Sch

New graphite discovery could spark green revolution
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Scientists have discovered a new form of carbon graphite – the material in pencil lead – that had unexpected properties that could cause a g

E.On Becomes First ‘Big Six’ Supplier to Cut Prices in 2015
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With wholesale energy prices currently in a lull, E.On has become the first of the big six to announce it will pass these lower costs on to

Wind Energy Powers 25% of UK Homes in 2014
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Wind Energy Powers 25% of UK Homes in 2014 Whilst many articles seem to buy into the myth that renewable energy in the UK is still in it’s i

How to charge your iPhone in 60 seconds
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A firm based in Israel claims it has invented technology that can charge a iPhone in mere seconds and an electric car in minutes.

Tiny Batteries Spark Green Revolution
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When it comes to batteries, reducing the size is almost as important as increasing the storage capacity. We look at the new world of micro b

5 Solar Technologies to Watch in 2015
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New exciting solar energy discoveries in the field of commercial energy lies ahead, and after making plenty of headlines in Germany and Aust

Air conditioning could be replaced with mirrors
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Scientists have developed a mirror that could see air conditioning units becoming obsolete. Placed on the roof of buildings, the mirrors are

Yesterdays Laptop Battery or Tomorrow’s Power Source
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Computer hardware giants IBM have this week released a study that says old lithium-ion batteries could have enough life in them to power hom

Climate change won't be solved by renewable energy
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A report by two Google engineers, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, claims that climate change cannot be s

Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme Looming Deadline
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Certification body BM TRADA has warned that a “significant proportion” of the largest companies in Britain do not know about the government'

Renewable Salt Water Energy Generation
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Dutch researchers are hoping to add a new kind of renewable energy to the market by opening a new “Blue Energy” test facility.

Facebook powers new data centre with renewable energy
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Facebook powers new data centre with renewable energy Facebook has opened a new data centre in Altoona, Iowa to deal with increased energy d

Future energy storage: giant batteries connected to the grid
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Around the globe, mass energy storage and distribution is becoming of greater and greater interest as the world moves more towards renewable

New “black box” Energy device said to cut energy bills
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New “black box” device manages household energy usage to reduce cost A new device has been developed that is said to cut energy bills by a f

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