Energy Regulations

06 December

Osborne officially unveils plans for £50 a year saving on energy bills

House inside a lightbulbThe government finally officially unveiled its plans to cut the average homeowners energy bill by £50 a year yesterday (Dec 5) in its Autumn Statement. George Osborne confirmed the new measures would come at the expense of a number of green levies being lifted from power companies, in particular energy suppliers would have more time ...

19 November

E.ON Voices Opposition To Planned ECO Changes

Green Energy - Turbines WindmillsE.ON has called on energy ministers not to make too many changes to the Energy Company Obligation, a program that enforces a green levy on energy suppliers. Under the program suppliers are also obliged to install energy efficiency measures in the homes of consumers by March 2015. However, ministers are now planning a reform. The ...

03 September

Millions of homes unwittingly breaching energy efficiency rules

Green Energy PlugNew research has revealed millions of UK homes are unwittingly in breach of the government's energy efficiency regulations. A Freedom of Information (FOI request) has shown almost three-quarters of the country's privately rented homes are let without a mandatory Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPCs display a property's energy efficiency on a scale one A to ...

02 September

Energy regulator Ofgem launches its new Standards of Conduct

Gas hob 2Ofgem has now officially brought in its new rules for energy suppliers. The energy regulator has brought in a new code of conduct designed to aid energy consumers, and eventually ensure energy companies reduce the number of tariffs available to customers to a total of four core options. Ofgem's new Standards of Conduct are based ...

14 August

Centrica chief Sam Laidlaw blasts government's ECO scheme

Green Energy PlugThe boss of British Gas's parent company Centrica has criticised one of the government's flagship energy efficiency schemes.

04 July

Ofgem: Energy firms need to clamp down on electricity theft more

Electrical dischargeOfgem has issued a rallying call to UK energy suppliers demanding they help it clamp down on the significant number of electricity thefts in the UK. The energy regulator has pointed to figures suggesting the industry is victim to anything up to 25,000 cases of electricity theft each year, costing energy consumers more than £200m, ...

02 July

Government's Green Deal scheme under fire for over-focus on boilers

Green Energy PlugThe Government's Green Deal scheme has come under fire once again: this time due to it allegedly being overly focussed on boilers. Figures have emerged revealing most take up on the initiative has been to receive cashback on the installation of a new boiler system. In total, 974 cashback vouchers have been claimed under the ...

20 June

First Utility: Energy consumers paying £1.3bn extra on energy bills

electricity pylon 2UK energy consumers fork out over £1.3bn a year unnecessarily on energy bills a supplier has suggested. First Utility claims measures to create a level playing field touted by Ofgem last week, could save homeowners as much as £50 a year. The energy regulator announced plans to allow smaller energy suppliers a chance to compete ...

14 June

Small energy suppliers react postively to Ofgem proposals

LightbulbA number of independent energy suppliers have welcomed Ofgem's recent moves to improve competition within the energy market. The industry regulator outlined a variety of measures aimed at making it easier for the small independent suppliers to compete with the more established companies. Amongst the measures, which were highlighted on Wednesday (June 12), are a ...

12 June

Ofgem reveals plans to make energy market a more level playing field

Electricity power lines at nightOfgem has unveiled its plans to make the electricity market a much more level playing field. The energy regulator is looking to break the monopoly the 'Big Six' energy providers hold on the market by increasing the level of competition with a series of regulation changes. The regulator will also require the two largest UK ...