Heat networks should be regulated, says competition watchdog

Its investigation found heat network customers are not getting the same levels of protection that gas and electricity customers receive

Competition watchdog refers SSE-npower merger for in-depth investigation

Its initial investigation found the deal could potentially increase energy prices for some consumers

CMA: SSE-npower merger could increase energy prices

The competition watchdog is seeking remedies from the companies to prevent a more in-depth investigation on their proposed tie-up

SSE: Energy suppliers should have right to appeal price cap level

Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies is also calling for greater clarity around the conditions under which a price cap would be removed

Tesco, Sainsbury’s coal supplier fined £3.4m for rigging bids

CPL and Fuel Express admitted to rigging competitive tenders to supply the two supermarket chains

Switching your LPG supplier on a metered estate?

New and existing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) customers on metered estates are being urged not to rush into signing a fixed contract. The competition watchdog suggests discussing it with neighbours – through a metered estate manager or tenants’ association – as signing a contract may lock everyone else on the estate with that supplier. LPG […]

UK watchdog rejects SSE, EDF’s appeal on transmission charges

The competition watchdog has dismissed EDF and SSE’s appeal against Ofgem’s decision on transmission charges. In 2016, SSE had requested a change to industry rules about charges paid by electricity generators for using the transmission system, which would have resulted in them receiving a £120 million rebate from National Grid. It argued generators in Britain […]

CMA: Metal recycling merger ‘could leave firms worse off’

Some businesses could get a worse deal on their scrap metal recycling services as a result of a recent merger. That’s the findings of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) investigation into European Metal Recycling’s (EMR) purchase of Metal & Waste Recycling (MWR) – two of the largest metal recyclers in the UK. It revealed […]

EDF and SSE appeal against Ofgem’s decision on transmission charges

EDF and SSE have appealed against Ofgem’s decision to reject a code modification on charges to generators for the electricity transmission system in 2015/16. The energy firms said electricity generators were overcharged for using the national transmission system that period and allege it is “unlawful”. Generators’ network charges in 2015/16 exceeded the €2.50 (£2.23)/MWh cap […]

CMA removes Centrica’s Rough gas storage commitments

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed its decision to remove the requirements placed on Centrica’s Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea. The announcement will help the energy giant with the closure of the facility, which it has deemed unsafe due to its physical deterioration, the associated safety risks and the high […]