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 […]

Competition watchdog launches market study into heat networks

A market study into domestic heat networks to ensure householders are getting a good deal has been launched. Heat networks involve the generation and distribution of heat to buildings and consist of communal and district heating. They currently supply around half a million homes in the UK through 17,000 networks. The Competition and Markets Authority […]

MPs call for investigation into SSE-npower merger

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee is calling for an investigation into the proposed merger between Big Six firms SSE and npower. It has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch a probe as it is concerned the merger may lessen competition and affect energy consumers. The merger would reduce […]

Centrica freed from Rough gas storage commitments

The UK’s competition watchdog has provisionally decided to remove the requirements placed on Centrica’s Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea. The announcement from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) comes after Centrica requested a review as it intends to close the facility due to its physical deterioration. The undertakings include the legal, financial […]