Local Energy Matters | April 2017

The latest edition of Local Energy Matters is now available to download. In this issue we cover: Household electricity network charges fall – But not for the East Energy prices top worry for households and government In our region: Local Enterprise Partnerships join forces on low-carbon energy Read the April…

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High-level Switching Programme plan published by Ofgem

Ofgem published its high-level plan for the transitional phase of the faster and more reliable switching programme on Friday 21 April. The plan assumes that the regulator will proceed with reform package two – which would create a central switching service – although it has previously emphasised that it has…

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Energy price cap to feature in Conservative election manifesto

The Conservative Party has committed to intervention in the energy markets, should it win the general election on 8 June. Appearing on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme on Sunday 23 April, Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green confirmed that an energy price cap would be in the Conservative manifesto, saying…

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MP criticises cavity wall insulation

Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams has claimed ahead of a debate in Westminster Hall that insulation installed by successive government-backed schemes which have led to damp, mould and condensation. Williams said he was currently dealing with 60 cases in his constituency. Reported by the BBC on Tuesday 18 April, Williams…

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Switching figures hit milestone

Data published by Energy UK has confirmed that more than 0.5mn consumers (536,658) switched electricity supplier in March, an increase of 13% on March 2016. This takes switching in 2017 to over 1.3mn consumers. Consumers switching from larger to small and mid-tier suppliers represented over a quarter (27%) of all…

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RHI tariffs to increase and metering to become mandatory

Subject to Parliamentary approval, several changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will come into force in spring or summer 2017. Ofgem published factsheets on Tuesday 4 April explaining the changes. The tariff payments for biomass plant, and air and ground-source heat pumps will all increase, but be capped at…

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Consumers think price comparison sites should show all deals: poll

Nearly nine in ten (86%) consumers believe that price comparison websites should automatically show all available deals, new research has found. The Sun reported on Tuesday 4 April that a survey by One Poll also found that nearly three in 10 consumers were unaware that comparison sites get paid a…

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Vulnerable consumers need more support from regulators: NAO

Regulators in sectors that include energy and water must take further actions to support the increasing number of vulnerable consumers, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Issued on Friday 31 March, the study argued that the respective responsibilities of the government and regulators in relation to…

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Think tank calls on government to back heat networks

The deployment of heat networks could generate up to £22bn in private investment across the UK economy, the IPPR think tank has claimed. In a report issued on Friday 31 March, IPPR said the announcement of a new Industrial Strategy had presented the UK with an opportunity to “radically overhaul”…

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Distribution firms should take control of smart meter roll-out, says Helm

A new paper by Oxford economist Dieter Helm has argued that responsibility for the smart meter programme should be transferred from suppliers to the distribution networks. Issued on Monday 27 March, the paper said that putting the obligation for the programme with suppliers had been a “fundamental mistake” and that…

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