Energy Guide for Geeks

The energy industry has managed to turn its inner workings into such a black box of bafflement that you might well feel like you need Harry Potter to come along, shout “Lumos” and magic up some light on the subject.

Harry Potter we can’t promise; some light on the other hand, well that’s a marginally easier proposition. The problem with energy is that over simplification is highly tempting; in fact the media has been doing it for years. All good stories need Voldemort villains, Harry Potter heroes and a magical context such as Hogwarts. Unfortunately for us in the real world of energy the truth sometimes gets trampled, massaged or mislaid because it is a difficult truth to grasp; and anyway they say never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

This section is designed to hopefully help you think more critically about the energy industry, your bills and where we could go from here. Power devolves from enlightenment and so a proper illustration of the facts would seem to be a good place for a geek to start. This is by no means an exhaustive selection of subjects, but if you want to begin to unravel the dirty blanket covering the energy markets you could do worse than to start here.

Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a government office tasked with the dual responsibilities of ensuring the continuity and affordability of the UK’s gas and electricity supplies, as well as promoting international action to mitigate climate change. In fact they have 7 key responsibilities: To maintain security of supply for gas, power, […]

Wholesale Energy Market

There is a pretty good chance that within seconds of the commencement of any interview or official statement or pronouncement that the wholesale energy market will be referred to and either blamed or pointed to as illustrative of the rip-off nature of energy supply tariffs. The underlying relationship between the wholesale energy market and the […]

What is a MPAN number?
Your electricity MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) is the unique identifying number for your property. Your MPAN is sometimes referred to as a Supply Number. It is unique to your property and does not change if you change supplier. The gas equivalent is the Meter Point Reference Number. Your MPAN should be printed on your recent electricity [...]
What is a MPRN ?
Your gas MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) is the unique identifying number for your property. Your MPRN is sometimes referred to as a M Number. It is unique to your property and does not change if you change supplier.  The electricity equivalent is the Meter Point Administration Number. Your MPRN should be printed on your [...]
Understand the Energy Market
Understand the energy market: What am I actually paying for and who do I pay really? What does my Energy Supplier actually do? Technically your energy supplier is the company that buys the energy on your behalf on the energy market and bills you for the amount of energy you use. This is true of [...]
History of Electricity
History of Electricity: 19th Century The roots of the modern electricity generating industry can be found in the middle years of the nineteenth century (in the work of Benjamin Franklin, Alessandro Volta and Michael Faraday). Michael Faraday was able to show the relationship between electricity and magnetism, which makes it possible to generate electricity with moving machinery. The first commercial [...]
History of Gas
Find out more about the history of the British gas industry, from its origins in the late seventeenth century to becoming one of Britain's and the world's most important sources of energy. Origins of the Gas Industry In 17th and 18th century Britain, it was demonstrated that coal, when heated, gave off a gas which [...]