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  1. April 10, 2014

    British Gas to pay £5.6m in penalties following Ofgem ruling

    British Gas is to pay £5.6m in penalties after regulator Ofgem ruled that Britain’s biggest energy supplier had unfairly...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Ofgem: points needed

    In rugby, you can’t just keep running around. Sometimes you need to try for the points. Consumers and politicians would like...

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  1. Gas Industry 2013

    Plans to squeeze more value out of reserves are taking shape but not all companies hav...
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  1. March 27, 2014

    Centrica delays investment after Ofgem calls for energy probe

    Centrica said on Thursday it was delaying plans to invest in gas-fired power stations, citing uncertainty triggered by...

  2. March 26, 2014

    UK energy market needs a rethink

    Ever since Ed Miliband, the UK opposition leader, promised to freeze energy bills for 20 months at last autumn’s Labour...

  3. March 25, 2014

    Energy’s big six embrace review as way to dispel mistrust

    The threat of a full-scale competition review has been hanging over Britain’s big utility companies for months, with...

  4. March 23, 2014

    UK energy industry seeks to head off competition inquiry

    The energy industry will try to head off a competition inquiry on Monday saying there are more operators in the market than...

  5. March 6, 2014

    Ofgem to investigate electricity distribution networks in wake of storms

    Ofgem is to investigate how Scottish and Southern Energy and UK Power Networks responded to customers during the recent...

  6. February 28, 2014

    Big six energy companies told to hand back customers’ cash

    The UK’s big six energy suppliers have to been told to redouble their efforts to hand back more than £400m owed to domestic...

  7. February 26, 2014

    Energy regulator Ofgem forces trading rules on ‘big six’ suppliers

    The UK energy regulator will next month force the “big six” suppliers to trade wholesale power twice daily in an attempt to...

  8. February 25, 2014

    Eleclink backers threaten to quit Channel electricity project

    The backers of Eleclink, a venture that aims to transmit surplus electricity between Britain and France through the Channel...

  9. February 19, 2014

    Iberdrola chief ‘shocked’ by Davey’s political interference

    The head of Iberdrola, owner of Scottish Power, has sharply criticised the UK coalition government for “interfering” in the...

  10. February 17, 2014

    UK electricity operators hit by Ofgem rate demands

    Ofgem has tightened the screw on electricity distribution companies across England and Wales by demanding they accept lower...

  11. February 10, 2014

    Ed Davey letter marks change of stance for energy secretary

    Ed Davey’s letter urging the regulator to scrutinise the gas market and floating a possible break-up of British Gas marks a...

  12. February 9, 2014

    Centrica shares fall as Ed Davey hints at British Gas break-up

    Shares in Centrica fell on Monday on investor concerns over a warning by the UK energy secretary that the group’s subsidiary...

  13. January 2, 2014

    UK energy chiefs face Labour accusations of overcharging

    The chiefs of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers are back in the dock, facing Labour party claims that they have charged...

  14. January 2, 2014

    UK energy tariff reforms aim to simplify market for customers

    Changes to energy tariffs that came into force on January 1 should make life “simpler and fairer” for customers, according...

  15. January 2, 2014

    Energy industry forced on backfoot over inflated prices claim

    Power companies have been forced on to the back foot after the Labour party claimed they were charging customers inflated...

  16. December 20, 2013

    Npower pays £3.5m to settle charges of energy mis-selling

    Npower has agreed to pay £3.5m to settle charges of sales mis-selling by energy regulator Ofgem. An investigation by the...

  17. December 18, 2013

    Ofgem brings in Irish energy regulator as chief executive

    Ofgem, the UK energy markets regulator, has appointed the chair of its Irish equivalent to take up the post of chief...

  18. November 26, 2013

    Energy watchdog dismisses accusations it is a ‘toothless tiger’

    Ofgem has dismissed MPs’ accusations that the energy watchdog is a “toothless tiger”, pointing out it has no power to cap...

  19. November 22, 2013

    Ofgem says electricity networks need to further reduce costs

    The UK energy regulator has rejected the investment plans of five of six electricity distribution companies, telling them...

  20. November 14, 2013

    Ofgem clashes with energy companies on impact of network charges

    Network charges, identified by energy suppliers as a reason for inflation-busting price rises, are not going up as much as...

  21. November 7, 2013

    Traders question results of FCA gas price probe

    The UK’s market watchdog has found no evidence that the country’s gas prices were manipulated in September last year,...

  22. October 31, 2013

    Energy secretary targets big six UK suppliers

    Ed Davey, energy secretary, went on the attack against the big energy companies on Thursday as he promised to make switching...

  23. October 28, 2013

    MPs set to quiz UK energy chiefs on price rises

    The UK’s largest energy companies will be forced to defend themselves against suspicions they are operating a cartel when...

  24. October 27, 2013

    Labour ramps up attack against Big Six over power bills

    Energy companies have come under attack after the Financial Times revealed they had increased bills much faster than...

  25. October 27, 2013

    Big six energy groups dispute Ofgem analysis of wholesale prices

    Britain’s biggest electricity providers show remarkable unanimity on what is the main driver of rising energy bills: the...

  26. October 25, 2013

    Burning up cash: are UK energy suppliers ripping us off?

    Forget wicked stepmothers, ugly sisters, and even bank bosses. The heads of Britain’s energy companies are rapidly becoming...

  27. October 24, 2013

    Only a proper inquiry will deliver a competitive UK energy market

    Recent interventions by politicians on energy prices have made a bad situation worse. Ed Miliband’s proposal to cap prices...

  28. October 22, 2013

    Scottish Power agrees to pay out £8.5m for misleading consumers

    Scottish Power has agreed to pay out £8.5m after an investigation by the UK energy regulator found the company had misled...

  29. September 25, 2013

    Ed Miliband’s energy crusade misses target, say experts

    Ed Miliband’s call for an energy price freeze will resonate well with consumers increasingly fed-up with rising fuel bills....

  30. August 9, 2013

    ‘Big Six’ UK energy groups’ annual profits soar to £3.7bn

    Annual profits made by the UK’s big energy groups soared 73 per cent in the three years to 2012, according to figures that...

  31. July 29, 2013

    UK energy policy

    British consumers are anxious about energy prices, and with good reason. The cost of gas is up 41 per cent in real terms...

  32. July 29, 2013

    Lack of transparency sparks mistrust of energy companies, MPs say

    The big six energy companies’ continued lack of transparency on profit margins has caused deep mistrust among consumers,...

  33. July 14, 2013

    Head of new competition regulator warns of heavy penalties

    The banking, energy and transport industries will be targets of a revamped, tougher UK competition regulator, its new head...

  34. Nick Butler

    July 8, 2013

    Power failure in Government

    At the last meeting of the President’s Committee of the CBI, the British employers’ association, members were asked to name...

  35. June 30, 2013

    Energy secretary tries to calm fears over power blackouts

    Having announced government support for renewables, shale gas and new power stations, Ed Davey left Whitehall last week for...

  36. June 27, 2013

    Industry asked to curb peak power use

    National Grid has called on companies to consider curbing their electricity use between 4pm and 8pm on winter workdays next...

  37. June 12, 2013

    Ofgem moves to break stranglehold of ‘big six’ energy suppliers

    The energy regulator Ofgem has unveiled proposals it said would break the “stranglehold” of the “big six” power companies...

  38. May 23, 2013

    A perfect storm of energy supply problems

    March was not a good month for UK energy security. First, problems at a gas processing plant in Norway disrupted supplies...

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