And it is despite British Gas making
a PS572million profit last year, while owner Centrica made PS1.25billion.
Domestic consumers have been facing loadshedding of gas making
the stoves inoperative.
But the announcement has been condemned by Friends of the Earth, who claim it coincided with a new report by the UK Energy Research Centre which says "fracking's potential has been over-hyped and the prospect of shale gas making
Britain self-suf-suf ficient in gas again is far-fetched."
The 11% rise in profits came after last year's colder-than-normal weather saw gas use leap 12%, with British Gas making
PS49 on each average annual dual fuel bill of PS1,188.
New technology also made possible the exploration and development of North Sea gas, which made Saltley's gas making
Tidal Electric's scheme if approved will make up 60Mw with biomass, small-scale hydro and landfill gas making
up additional amounts.
His gas making
experiment continued on his return to Birmingham and by 1803, Boulton and Watt were providing gas lighting for their factory workers.