Fuel suppliers line up for £850m public sector contracts

A total of 35 suppliers have been chosen to provide fuel for public sector organisations in the UK. Small and medium sized businesses make up almost three quarters of the total number of suppliers on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new National Fuels Framework, expected to be worth around £850 million over four years. Winners include […]

Householders urged to buy heating oil now

Householders across the UK are being urged to buy their heating oil now before the winter weather kicks in. The Government is backing the ‘Buy Oil Early’ campaign which has been launched by Citizens Advice, Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). They are encouraging heating oil users to […]

Minister backs ‘buy heating oil early’ campaign

The UK Government is backing a campaign that is encouraging consumers to order their heating oil now for winter when demand and cost are both lower. The ‘Buy Oil Early’ initiative was launched by the trade body for the oil distribution industry Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) together with Citizens Advice Bureau, Consumer Futures and […]

‘Record high’ use of petroleum globally in 2012

The world’s consumption of petroleum products reached a “record high” last year despite a decline in usage in North America and Europe. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed 88.9 million barrels of gas, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil and other petroleum products were used per day in 2012 as growth in Asia outpaced European and […]

Home heating oil starts Cornish blaze?

A fire which spread to at least five terraced houses in Cornwall is thought to have been caused by a domestic heating oil tank. At least 100 firefighters from the Cornish Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze which began on Sunday evening at Well Lane in Constantine, near Falmouth. All residents were accounted for. […]

Rural areas vulnerable to fuel price spikes

Rural areas are at risk of fuel price spikes, the Countryside Alliance has warned. The campaign group’s claim comes in response to the Office of Fair Trading’s latest study out today, which found that competition in the off-grid market gave customers a good choice. This was despite the OFT’s reservations about how some heating oil […]

Watchdog calls on government to help off-grid fuel customers

The Government needs to help off-grid fuel customers who are struggling with rising bills, a consumer watchdog has warned. Responding to the OFT’s study into the off-grid energy market, Consumer Focus said it was concerned that off-grid customers were more likely to be on the verge of fuel poverty. Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy at […]

Offgrid fuel suppliers may not treat customers fairly

The Office of Fair Trading is concerned that some off-grid fuel suppliers may not be treating their customers fairly. The warning comes as the consumer standards agency today releases a report on off-grid energy suppliers. Four million households rely on off-grid energy such as heating oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and, more recently, microgeneration including […]

Stock up before winter, oil heating homeowners advised

Home owners who heat their property with oil are being advised to stock up now to avoid last minute panic if snow hits this winter. Kent-based heating oil firm Sprint Fuels says that customers should learn from last year’s difficulties, when snowy conditions made it harder for them to deliver to some rural homes. Managing […]

OFT launches probe into ‘off-grid’ energy supply

The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate the supply of energy to consumers who are not connected to the main gas grid. The probe will look at whether the market is working for ‘off-grid’ energy consumers who use sources such as heating oil, LPG and renewable energy sources like solar panels. The OFT has […]