Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show "sobriety"

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show 'sobriety' Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go aheadTraders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money. French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning. If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am

Government insists green drive will SAVE households 100 energy bills by 2020

Government insists green energy drive will SAVE households 100 on gas and electricity bills by 2020 | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 29 November 2012 The Government has set out its long-term proposals for the UK energy industry today, claiming that they will keep household energy bills lower over the next decade than would the status quo. Presenting the long-delayed Energy Bill to parliament, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said utility firms would be allowed to increase the 'green' levy from 3bn to 7.6bn a year by 2020, which according to most estimates could increase annual household bills by 100. However, Mr Davey maintained that household bills would be 7 per cent or 94 a year lower by 2020 than they would have been without the Bill's proposals