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Archive for August, 2013

Suppliers to operate under new standards

Energy regulator Ofgem has published details of a new code of conduct for suppliers.  Under the new system, suppliers such as British Gas and E.ON must adhere to strict rules on how they market their products and communicate with customers. The rules, which have been designed to simplify tariffs and improve transparency, are scheduled to […]

Response to Green Deal a “wake-up call” for Government

Labour has questioned the viability of the Green Deal after official figures were published on Tuesday.  There can be no question that the Coalition’s flagship environmental policy has endured a sluggish start. Only 133 households in England and Wales had committed to the scheme by the start of August. And only one Green Deal Plan […]

Fall in household energy consumption

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported a 24.7 per cent decrease in household energy consumption in England and Wales. Having analysed data between 2005 and 2011, the ONS found that household consumption of energy (including gas, electricity and alternative sources such as oil) fell by 6.5mWh during the period. Homes in England and […]

Energy Minister lauds new system of calculating fuel poverty

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has implemented a new measure of fuel poverty that reduces the number of households included under the definition by almost one million. But Energy Minister Michael Fallon believes the revised system will help officials identify and help the UK’s most vulnerable households.  Is the new system likely […]

M&S Energy offers cheapest fixed rate tariff

M&S Energy has made headlines by reducing the cost of its fixed-rate tariff. The popular Fix & Save deal is now available at an annual rate of £1,139, some £63 cheaper than before. But does it represent a good deal for customers? The cost of gas and electricity has been a cause for concern among […]

Suppliers promise to simplify billing

RWE npower and SSE, two of the Big Six energy suppliers operating in the UK, have announced that they plan to implement a simplified billing system in the near future. British Gas has already committed to introducing less complicated tariffs and bills, which have long been a source of frustration and confusion for energy users. […]