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As oil major Shell pulls out of its Arctic campaign off the coast of Alaska, Energy Voice looks back over the past year. The company said it would cease exploration activity in the region for the “foreseeable future”, amid high costs and a “challenging and unpredictable” regulatory environment. Take a look at our gallery below.
A wide-ranging review of the high cost of electricity in the north and north-east will be carried out by the UK Government following a campaign by Energy Voice's sister publication, the Press and Journal. Scottish Secretary David Mundell revealed last night that there "will be an opportunity to change things" over the coming months. Families in the Highlands and islands, Grampian and Tayside currently pay the highest power bills in the UK because of a regional system for distribution costs.
More than 30 MPs are backing a campaign for the competition watchdog to fully investigate vehicle fuel pricing amid growing anger around the “rip-off” cost of diesel. FairFuelUK said 32 MPs from across all parties had pledged their support this week to its campaign for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to look at retail price changes in relation to oil cost fluctuations, commodity speculation, wholesale prices and distribution costs “to stop further blatant, opportunistic and unfair profiteering taking place at the pumps”. The support comes as the RAC called on supermarket fuel retailers to make further cuts to the price of diesel, saying a reduction in wholesale costs leaves scope for at least another 3p cut.