World oil prices dropped to their lowest level of the year today (Wednesday January 13th), according to reports.
Average household fuel bills are expected to rise by almost one-third this month as consumers turn up their heating to keep warm amid freezing temperatures.
Prime minister Gordon Brown has awarded contracts to a number of major energy suppliers to build wind farms along Britain's coastline to harness clean energy.
The Belfast Telegraph has called for the government to introduce regulation of the home heating oil industry in Northern Ireland.
The demand for gas energy reached an all-time high last week, according to new figures.
Consumers could face record bills this month as demand remains high as a result of the ongoing cold weather, it has been claimed.
Systems which allow people to measure their energy consumption in the home will be the top development during 2010, according to the Earth Advantage Institute (EAI).