What is the energy cap and why are energy bills so high?

5/1/2022 12:45:00 PM
What is the energy cap and why are energy bills so high?

Electricity and gas bills for a typical household went up £693 a year in April.

New analysis by the Federation of Small Businesses shows electricity costs for a small business in London are up 150%, whilst gas prices are up over 250% in the last year. politicslondon |

Electricity and gas bills for a typical household went up £693 a year in April.

Why are bills going up?Bills are going up because the energy price cap - the maximum price suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland can charge households - is being raised.Energy firms have been able toincrease bills by 54% following the introduction of the new cap on 1 April

.The price cap is reviewed every six months, and prices are expected to rise yet again in October.Ahas warned bills could reach £3,000 a year.Why might I need to read my gas and electricity meters?Experts encouraged people without smart meters to submit gas and electricity meter readings on 31 March.

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Community structure of coral microbiomes is dependent on host morphology - Microbiome

Background The importance of symbiosis has long been recognized on coral reefs, where the photosynthetic dinoflagellates of corals (Symbiodiniaceae) are the primary symbiont. Numerous studies have now shown that a diverse assemblage of prokaryotes also make-up part of the microbiome of corals. A subset of these prokaryotes is capable of fixing nitrogen, known as diazotrophs, and is also present in the microbiome of scleractinian corals where they have been shown to supplement the holobiont nitrogen budget. Here, an analysis of the microbiomes of 16 coral species collected from Australia, Curaçao, and Hawai’i using three different marker genes (16S rRNA, nifH, and ITS2) is presented. These data were used to examine the effects of biogeography, coral traits, and ecological life history characteristics on the composition and diversity of the microbiome in corals and their diazotrophic communities. Results The prokaryotic microbiome community composition (i.e., beta diversity) based on the 16S rRNA gene varied between sites and ecological life history characteristics, but coral morphology was the most significant factor affecting the microbiome of the corals studied. For 15 of the corals studied, only two species Pocillopora acuta and Seriotopora hystrix, both brooders, showed a weak relationship between the 16S rRNA gene community structure and the diazotrophic members of the microbiome using the nifH marker gene, suggesting that many corals support a microbiome with diazotrophic capabilities. The order Rhizobiales, a taxon that contains primarily diazotrophs, are common members of the coral microbiome and were eight times greater in relative abundances in Hawai’i compared to corals from either Curacao or Australia. However, for the diazotrophic component of the coral microbiome, only host species significantly influenced the composition and diversity of the community. Conclusions The roles and interactions between members of the coral holobiont are still not well unde Read more >>

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