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People 'bamboozled' over energy debates

People in the West Midlands are 'bamboozled' by 'mixed-messaging' over energy debates, according to the commissioner of an energy survey released today.

A survey carried out by the Energy Saving Trust has found that 28% of householders in the West Midlands are concerned about future energy supplies.

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of Energy Saving Trust, believes people are confused over how to go about saving energy and money.

People in the West Midlands are bamboozled by big debates leading to mixed-messaging on energy issues like fracking, rising bills, energy demand and wind turbines.

On the one hand, fear around UK energy supply and rising bills is making people want to take action at home and reduce the amount of energy they use, but on the other hand debates on issues like fracking and wind turbines appear to be distracting the public from making meaningful energy efficiency upgrades which could save them even more money...

...Pound for pound, using less energy in the first place is by far and away the most cost-effective thing to do and should be the UK's number one priority.

28% in West Midlands worried about future energy

More than a quarter of West Midlands householders are worried about how the UK will generate enough energy in five years' time.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, those asked think it will be difficult to supply enough energy to meet the UK's needs.

People are concerned about future energy supply Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A survey of over 2,000 adults discovered 28% of people in the region are concerned. 51% also said they would reduce their energy if it meant to having enough to meet needs in the future, and slightly more said they had already looked into reducing their energy consumption.

Other issues did not appear to motivate people to reduce energy. Only 17% who learned about fracking looked at ways to reduce their consumption, and 15% after hearing about wind farms.

East Midlands energy bills £450 higher than average

Figures show East Midlands as least energy efficient area in the country Credit: PA

Energy bills in the East Midlands are £450 higher than average. Latest Government figures show homes in the region are using 40% more energy than in other areas of the country.

It's after a study by consultancy firm WSP into how energy efficient certain regions are.

It looked at how much mains electricity and gas is used, and show that the average annual household bills for a home in the East Midlands exceed £1600, £450 more than the average annual bill of £1172.

The South West are the best energy savers, spending approximately £200 less than the average at £970 per year, and a whopping £650 less than the average spend in the East Midlands.

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Scientists have disovered how to make gold from rubbish - black gold - in other words - oil.

It sounds like the Holy Grail for the energy industry, but researchers at Aston Univeserity in Birmingham have figured out that if they burn rubbish and garden clippings in a pressure cooker - it turns into oil and gas.

They're heating their own building with it - now they want to help firms do the same thing and say large cities can become self-sufficient in generating their own power. Our business correspondent, Mark Gough reports.


Transformer transporter longer than Olympic pool

A similar electrical transformer being delivered earlier this year Credit: National grid

A massive electrical transformer will be delivered on a low loader lorry to a power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The 226 tonne transformer, which is the size of a house, will leave a shipping port in East Yorkshire at 10pm, and travel 73 miles at 12 miles an hour down the M18 and M1.

It's due to arrive at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station between 3.00am and 5.00am.

The A453 will be closed and the low-loader lorry, which is longer than an Olympic sized swimming pool, which be escorted by police.

Staffordshire based haulage firm ALE, who specialise in carrying heavy loads, have planned the delivery to minimise disruption to motorists.

Power station to take delivery of huge transformer

Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire which will take delivery of a 226 tonne electrical transformer tonight Credit: PA

A huge electrical transformer the size of a house will be delivered to Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The piece of kit is 261 tonnes and 66 metres long and has been shipped 5,500 miles from South Korea.

The A453 into Nottingham will be closed overnight so the massive load can be delivered. It's taken months of planning for the transformer to be delivered by road from Goole in East Yorkshire.

Pylons coming from the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station where the huge transformer will arrive between 3am and 5am on Sunday Credit: PA
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