MEPs greenlight stricter car testing reforms post-dieselgate scandal

The European Commission can impose fines of up to €30,000 (£26,260) per vehicle if manufacturers break the rules

Ofwat sets out water reforms proposals to rebuild public trust

Environment Secretary Michael Gove welcomed the proposals and agreed stepping up demands from water companies on transparency around dividends and profits

EU reaches agreement on car-testing reform

The EU has reached a provisional agreement to reform car-testing procedures. The Commission claims changing the rules around type-approval for new cars will modernise tests on car emissions data and help “restore credibility” to the sector following previous scandals. The Council Presidency and European Parliament will now submit their plans to the Committee of Permanent […]

Ofgem’s video to help consumers better understand energy reforms

Ofgem has launched a new video today to help consumers better understand how its reforms can help them get a better deal on their energy bills. The video shows step-by-step changes such as reduction in the number of tariffs and the new rules on honesty and transparency which suppliers must follow so customers are treated […]

UK Government reveals final EMR plan

The Government has published its ambitious package of measures which it hopes will attract £110 billion worth of investment from the private sector and support 250,000 jobs by 2020. The Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Delivery Plan sets out DECC’s final decision on strike prices for Contracts for Difference (CfDs) for renewable technologies. CfDs will support […]

Energy firms banned from hiking fixed-term tariff deals

Energy suppliers are banned from increasing prices on fixed-term contracts for householders under new rules that have come into force today. Energy regulator Ofgem said suppliers would also be prevented from automatically rolling customers on to another fixed term contract when their current one ends. Its review found many suppliers that offer fixed-term deals could […]

Davey insists UK on track to meet carbon targets

The UK Government has insisted the nation is on track to meet its carbon reduction targets. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said yesterday the UK will meet its first three legally binding carbon budgets, which will see a 34% reduction in emissions by 2020. He was responding to a report published by the Committee on Climate […]

Labour: We still support Electricity Market Reform

Labour has rejected claims it has forgotten about Electricity Market Reform (EMR) amid all the fuss over its plans for an energy price freeze – with an insider saying it is “implausible” they might put off energy investors. Party leader Ed Miliband announced the headline-grabbing plans at the party conference in Brighton on Tuesday while […]

New rules for energy suppliers to treat small businesses fairly

New standards of conduct that require energy suppliers to treat small businesses fairly have come into force this week. The rules are part of Ofgem’s reforms to provide firms with more protection in the energy market and apply to business customers that typically spend up to £10,000 a year on each fuel. Under the standards, […]

Ofgem’s energy market reforms ‘don’t go far enough’

Ofgem’s new code of conduct to make the energy market simpler and fairer for consumers “do not go far enough”. That’s the comment from Which? following the launch of the energy regulator’s new rules this week. The consumer body believes improving the way suppliers deal with their customers is a step forward but claims Ofgem […]