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UK energy retail: suppliers are subsidizing prepayment customers

Consumer groups and politicians have been quick to criticize energy suppliers for charging prepayment customers, who are generally regarded to be at the poorer end of the energy consumer market, higher prices than standard domestic energy tariff customers. However, research conducted by energy regulator Ofgem illustrates that the majority of suppliers are subsidizing the provision of this service.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy retailers: defending customer base is current priority

At present, there are relatively few fixed-term contracts being offered on the UK market. The lack of such competitive offerings could be because it appears that suppliers are trying to defend their own customer base before attempting to acquire those of their competitors through aggressive strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy retailers: the new residential power price war

RWE npower's new Sign Online v16 residential electricity tariff is the cheapest across the UK for small-use customers - for the moment. With wholesale energy prices at two year lows, and with other suppliers unlikely to let go of the bragging rights as cheapest supplier quietly, this will not be the last price reduction seen this summer.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy review: let battle commence

The start of the formal UK energy review has prompted energy generation and conservation interests into lobbying for positive outcomes. In the last few days the nuclear lobby, renewable and conservation groups have all ramped up their attempts to have their positions reflected in the 12 week formal review.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy review: the mind is willing, but the policy is weak

The UK government's PR machine has won a significant victory in bringing business energy buyers broadly behind the measures proposed by its latest energy review; supporting new nuclear build, significant renewable investments and energy efficiency measures. However, much more work remains to make the review's aspirations a reality.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy sector: laissez-faire or just unfair?

The laissez-faire attitude of the UK energy sector is facing increasing criticism with equity regarded as more important than liberalization. However, consumers, regulators and governments are all to blame, and the UK energy sector must re-formulate its economic philosophy while addressing current flaws in strategy and accountability if the market is to operate efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2009
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy suppliers call bluff on referral to Competition Commission

In an attempt to head off the mistrust and political point scoring of recent months, EDF Energy, E.ON, and RWE npower have now stated that they would actually prefer Ofgem to act on its repeated threats to refer them to the Competition Commission.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2011
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy suppliers have been warned over unpublicized energy price rises

Chris Huhne, the UK secretary of state for energy and climate change, has given energy suppliers a stern but fundamentally unnecessary warning regarding their practice of raising prices without notice. Ofgem is set to consult with the industry on this issue next month, and has a strong track record of facilitating changes to the industry, without requiring the stick of amended legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy suppliers: profits soar

A sharp rise in profits from several energy suppliers has fueled concerns over profiteering. Utilities cite an expansion in new customer accounts and the need to maintain margins as part of the increase, yet consumer advocacy groups claim energy firms are instead gaining at the expense of customers by leaving retail prices high, despite plummeting wholesale energy costs.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy supply: Britain faces cold snap crunch

Alarm bells are clearly ringing over the UK's ability to survive a particularly harsh winter without incurring interruptions to gas and power supplies. Should this eventuality arise however, it will at least force the government to confront the need to make some long term strategic choices about the country's energy supply security.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2005

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