Ofgem considering price cap on energy bills

Friday, February 17th 2012
Energy bill cap 'considered by Ofgem'
A price cap on fuel bills could be imposed by Ofgem.

Ofgem has unveiled plans to impose a cap on gas and electricity bills for the first time in ten years.

The energy regulator told the Independent that the UK's Big Six energy providers will face tougher action if they fail to overhaul their expensive and confusing tariffs this year.

One solution would be the implementation of price caps, a move that has not been used since 2002.

Explaining its plans, Ofgem said it believes competition in the energy market is the best way to drive down the prices paid by the UK's 22 million households.

However, the watchdog admitted: "We haven't ruled out regulation, particularly for more vulnerable customers, if our reforms don't work."

Industry body UK Energy said companies are looking "very closely at all the reforms proposed" while listening to feedback from customers.

Earlier this month, Ofgem research found that many consumers want the number of energy tariffs to be limited to ease the process of comparing prices.

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