Energy News 16/06/2017
Michael Gove is appointed energy secretary, suppliers continue to fall short on digital offerings and global e...Read More
Lancashire’s decision not to let energy firm Cuadrilla drill for shale gas has divided opinion. What will happen next and what does this mean for small to medium sized businesses?
Lancashire County Council’s decision not to grant planning permission for Cuadrilla Resources to extract shale gas at two sites in Lancashire came as a surprise, especially as planning officers previously recommended that one of the applications be approved.
The decision may have repercussions far beyond the two sites it covers. The rejection claimed the project would have an unacceptable visual and noise impact, a finding that may make it difficult for similar projects to gain approval.
The strong opposition to fracking is likely to have been a factor in the Council’s decision. Again, other areas with shale gas deposits will almost certainly face protests, discouraging their Councils from allowing exploration or drilling (as seen in Sussex).
The official backing of the central Government could see the decision overturned on appeal. Indeed, some observers claim that the Council may have intended this outcome, which could offer the economic benefits of fracking but avoid any responsibility.
But even if the applications are eventually approved, the delays and wrangling will likely put off investors in other potential projects. There is only one other application awaiting a decision in the UK, by energy company Third Energy.
Shale oil and gas has been transformative for the US, the first country to really exploit fracking. The nation has gone from being a net oil and gas importer to being an exporter. Cheaper energy has boosted manufacturing and other industries.
With Britain’s geology thought to have substantial deposits of shale gas, many hoped that fracking could replace dwindling North Sea oil and gas output. The decision of other European countries with large resources, such as France and Germany, to ban fracking has left the UK an outlier. While it is unlikely that an official ban will be put in place (at least in the short- to medium-term), realising the potential of fracking will be more difficult than the pro-fracking camp hoped.
Many are not aware that the benefits can be realised without the controversy Too many smaller businesses are paying too much for their energy but lack the time to compare suppliers to get the best deal. SwitchMyBusiness.com offers a no-fuss, no-obligation comparison of the best business gas and electricity deals, followed by a quick switch – the whole process takes just 20 minutes. Give us a call on 0330 0100 251 or fill in the form at the top right of this page and find out why we are consistently the top-rated business energy compare and switch site.
"Very easy. Bea Luseni very efficient & knowledgeable."This review was posted by Alan Duffy on the 31st of March 2017
Super helpful and easy to work with
"Recommend this company in a heartbeat - Nicole Borneuf was super easy to talk to, was not pushy in the slightest, very helpful and replied with all my questions very professionally and did all she could to help. I had to deal with a few companies to sort my business energy out, all but Nicole were too pushy for my liking and I refused to follow through with them. Thank Nicole - you are a credit to your company, thank you for making the stressful energy change so easy."This review was posted by Mia Drew on the 29th of March 2017
An Extremely Competent Company
"Switch my business has not only helped my SME secure a good energy deal for the second year running but Jessica swiftly found a alternative supplier for me when I was let down on the day of switching by the new contractual provider I had chosen some 4 months previously. Being suddenly out of contract and without provider is everyone's energy nightmare. Greatest thanks."This review was posted by S McMillan on the 29th of March 2017
Helpful, friendly and we saved lots of money!
"Jessica Purnell was helpful and friendly, she made the whole process easy and simple AND we saved lots of money thanks Jess"This review was posted by Melanie Baker on the 23rd of March 2017
Quick & Easy
"Kabibi was very helpful and the whole process was very efficient. The one small reservation I had was that I was phoned up by Kabibi almost immediately having received my online quote - which wasn't enough time for me to finish reading the quotes! Fortunately she was able to assist me in a greater savings on both Gas & Electricity, and so as long as the switchover is seamless I will remain very happy with the service."This review was posted by Amanda Brown on the 21st of March 2017