‘Tackling energy price issues is a priority’ says Which?

Tackling rising energy prices should be one of the next government’s main priorities. That’s according to a new report from a consumer group, which says political parties should use the forthcoming election to address a range of critical consumer issues. In a recent Which? survey, 51% of respondents said taking action on energy prices, which have gone up […]

Number of people switching energy supplier doubles

More than 614,000 people swapped supplier in the UK in November, double those who switched in October 2013. It was also the highest number of people switching since 2010, suggesting the recent furore over rising energy bills and profits is sinking in with consumers. The figures from data company Electralink also show 125,000 of those switching were […]

Coal chief mines for insight at Energy Live 2013

Coal boss Kevin McCullough is joining the top line-up at Energy Live 2013 in November. The chief executive of UK Coal has been at the helm of the firm since January 2013 and is a mine of knowledge on the UK energy sector. He will be well aware of the pressures on the nation’s energy […]

Energy users “want to be more in touch with generators”

The UK is on the cusp of a brave new energy world where energy users want to be much more in touch with generators – to the extent they want to become generators themselves. That’s according to independent energy firm SmartestEnergy which has shaken up the structure of its management and plans to grow its […]

Supplier wants to hear big energy users’ views on EMR

Energy company npower wants businesses to share their thoughts on government changes to the electricity market (EMR) with a new survey it is launching today. Its new ‘EMR Pulse’ is a quick and simple online survey and once the results are in, the supplier will feed comments back to the Government. It says this will […]

Confidence in infrastructure plans “ebbing away”

Business confidence in the Government’s plans for infrastructure is “ebbing away” according to a new survey from the CBI and KPMG which found a majority see the infrastructure of our European neighbours is better. Although energy costs have a “particularly important” bearing on investment for more than 90% of companies in the manufacturing sector, according […]

npower welcomes SSE to open markets

Energy firm npower has added its voice in support for a more open and liquid energy market after rival Big Six supplier Scottish and Southern Energy announced that from Friday it would auction its energy. SSE’s surprise move on Wednesday appeared to be a step away from other energy providers, selling it to any supplier […]

SSE shakes up the way it sells energy

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has announced it will change the way it sells energy in a surprise move away from the practices of other Big Six suppliers. Consumer groups have hailed the move as a step in the right direction for more transparency and said it could keep prices at a fair level in […]

Ofgem defends its role

Ofgem has defended its role in the energy market as a consumer group warned that customers worry whether rising prices are “fair”. The warning comes as SSE became the third Big Six energy provider to increase its gas and electricity prices. Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus said: “Ofgem must get to the heart […]